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5 Gallery Wall Ideas

Art and Mirrors

If you’re into a more eclectic decor style, having a mix of framed art prints and mirrors in a gallery all is a great option. This look is perfect for a living room wall with lots of empty space and mismatched furniture. I recommend using vintage scrollwork framed mirrors to add some texture and visual interest.

Art all the same size

If your space is a little modern modern and minimalist, try going for a gallery wall of artwork in the same size. These simple and classic sets look great with a simple black or white frame and suit a hallway or stairwell.

Vintage art

For those of you who have vintage or maximalist spaces, I would recommend this option. For a more traditional room, use botanical prints, but for a more modern take, use framed vintage prints like a colourful Matisse work. Try to stagger the sizes but keep the artwork in a matching frame and or colour palette to keep the wall cohesive.

Framed art prints and posters

If you’ve spent any time on Pintrest lately, you have probably seen the gallery walls with mixed framed art and posters. These are a good option if you have a larger wall and need to fill in more space. Try to stagger the sizes of both the posters as well as your framed art prints. Since these gallery walls tend to be larger, practice the layout of your gallery wall on the floor before making holes in your walls to hang them up.

Art and plants

For any boho lover, mixing plants and art is a must. When mixing these, try to use air plants as they require little to no water, which will protect your artwork and walls. Another option is to use fake plants in pots with hooks to hang on the wall.
Vintage Prints Framed Gallery Wall

4 Minimalist Art Ideas

Abstracts

Between line art, shape and textural abstracts, these pieces are perfect for any modern space. These are great for either going neutral, or adding a pop of colour to your space. Abstract art prints are great larger, they can be a dramatic piece on white walls

Photography

Black and white photography is a great choice for minimalist rooms. These are also a great option for a gallery wall. I recommend sticking to a simple black frame to fit into a minimalist space.

Landscapes

Modern abstract landscapes art prints have been rising in popularity for a while. These beautiful neutral paintings are a great more traditional take on minimalist art. These pieces suit the space over a couch, a mantel or a modern console perfectly.

Modern Botanicals

These line and shape based pieces are a really unique option for a minimalist space. If your space is colourful, stick to a simple piece with line art leaves, but if your room needs some colour, a vibrant shape based botanical print is perfect.
Modern minimalist abstract in living room

4 Tips For Choosing Art

Colour

When choosing a colour palette, try to either have the art match the colour palette of the space, or use a totally opposite colour scheme to make it pop. When choosing colour, consider if you would like your art print to draw the eye or blend in harmoniously. Trending colour palettes are neutrals, greys and pastels, but feel free to experiment and have fun with colour!

Size

People tend to choose art that is too small for a wall. If you’re just hanging one or two pieces say over a couch, make sure they’re large enough to fill the space, 24”x36” and up. For a gallery wall or a smaller space, I recommend using 8”x10” to around 20”x28”, with maybe one larger piece at 24"x36". Remember when you’re hanging a large piece of framed artwork on a plaster wall to either hang from a wall stud or use wall plugs so the weight can be supported properly.

Frame

Similar to colour, consider if you would like the frame to blend into the artwork, or be a bold accent. I usually choose simple wood frames for my pieces, but vintage frames with scrollwork are making a big comeback with the rise of interior design styles like dark academia. For a clean minimalist look, go for a simple black wood frame, and for a more boho or Scandinavian look, use a maple or grey frame.

Style

Artwork is very subjective, everyone likes different styles. I can however recommend if your room is modern to use styles like abstracts or line art to compliment your room. If your space is traditional, you may prefer landscapes or photography. Take some time to browse Pinterest with relevant keywords to find art styles you may enjoy, such as searching “modern bedroom” or “Scandinavian living room”.

4 Tips for Updating Your Home Office

Comfy Chair

Having a comfy able chair in front of your desk won’t just help your back, it will also give your neck better support. People often neglect proper back support, which can lead to all sorts of issues down the line, so make sure to get an ergonomic chair.

Adjustable Desk or Computer

Standing desks are all the rage right now, but having a simple adjustable computer screen or stand for your laptop can really affect your posture. You can get a reasonably priced laptop stand off amazon or any number of online retailers, look for one with holes/slats to make sure that your laptop doesn’t overheat.

Art

Did you think I wouldn't take some time to talk about how art can affect your mood? Having a beautiful framed art print beside you can really inspire you, or simply create a more cohesive look to the space. Choose a poster or print that is neutral and calming, I recommend going for a neutral abstract or landscape, but a fun matisse print could also be a great choice.

Good Light

If you’re not blessed with huge windows in your home office, try to add a standing lamp or desk lamp to bring more light into your home office. It’s been proven that people are happier when their in brighter lit rooms.

3 Ways to Bring A Spring Vibe Into Your Space

Fresh Cut Leaves/Flowers

Now this one may be obvious, but having fresh cut leaves or flowers can really make a space feel so much more seasonal. I recommend either buying a potted plant (daffodils and hyacinths) or grabbing some wildflowers from outside if you’re looking for a more sustainable and budget-friendly option. In terms of decorating, I suggest either placing the plants on your table, counter or in your bedroom, just put them somewhere you will be able to see and enjoy them often.

Art

In terms of spring themed art, I recommend Matisse posters or prints, you could also go with fun floral themed wall art. Stick to brighter pastels to bring some spring to your walls. For frames, stick to lighter options such as maple or white for a more seasonal look. Switching your gallery wall or wall art with the seasons is an incredibly easy way to add some colour and design to your space.

Linens

It’s time to put away those thick darker drapes and sheets and switch to whites or creams. For an even lighter room, switch out the curtains to a thinner cotton or linen instead of heavy dark colours. It’s amazing how much more light will enter the space, the lighter colour palette will also make the space seem bigger and cleaner.

3 Types of Figurative Art

Line

Line art is incredibly popular right now. You can either find incredible, clean looking digital pieces, or beautiful hand inked artworks to suit your space. Line art figures are a simple way to add a piece of artwork to your space, but have it stay subtle artwork for the background of your room. I would recommend these pieces if your room is busier (maximalists), that way it doesn’t overwhelm the eye.

Shape

These shape based pieces of figure art are everywhere in interior design at the moment. These pieces are solid and often colourful, so if you want a splash of colour and a modern piece of artwork, these could definitely work for you. Shape based figure art is becoming popular in Scandinavian and Minimalist spaces alike.

Abstract

Abstract figure art is a great option for rooms that are more modern and minimalist. These piece are usually bold and eye catching, perfect for a statement wall. These pieces tend to be abstracts with figures that are more hidden within the piece, less focused on the figure, but more the overall abstract shapes.

5 Styles of Art that Will Always Be In Fashion

Photography

This art style is a great way to include a modern piece in your space, but keep it classic. Photography is also great for minimalists not looking for the painted look. Photography is a pretty broad category, ranging from macro to wide lens, you can find a piece that will suit any space.

Landscapes

There has been a rise in modern abstract landscapes in interior design. If you’re hunting for a more traditional look, a simple painted piece is great for a large wall. Landscapes are perfect for over the couch or fireplace.

Abstracts

You can either go for a dramatic pop of colour, or stick to a more subdued neutral palette. These pieces are the perfect accompaniment to a modern or minimalist space. I recommend going for a bigger piece instead of a small abstract, so it can create more texture and visual interest in a room.

Florals

Florals are another type of art that has been recently branching into a more modern interior design style. There are artists painting abstract florals that are great for a feminine element. These dramatic colour palettes are great if you’re looking for an eye catching piece.

Collage

No, I’m not talking about that cut up newspaper type of collage, but a modern take on this style. With photoshop and digital art programs now becoming so accessible, artists are creating beautiful digital collages that are bold and fresh. These pieces are great conversation starters, I would keep the sizing small to medium as these pieces tend to be visually quite busy.

5 Creative Places to Put Your Art

Living Room Console

If you’re someone that has trouble styling your console, try adding a medium sized print to it. This is a great way to either add, colour, pattern or a focal point to your console. Just make sure to balance it out by adding some other tall elements such as candles or dried plants.

Kitchen

A room in your house that is often neglected in terms of artwork. Kitchens are a great opportunity to add some playful art to be a conversation opener for guests. When hosting, people will often migrate into your kitchen and having a bold piece of art on the wall can really spark an interesting conversation.

Bedside Table

Instead of just having your phone, clock and a glass of water, why not add a small piece of art? Your bedside table is often the first thing you see in the morning, so I recommend adding a soothing print to start your day in a calm and happy mood. Try to stick to a neutral or blue colour palette to create that relaxing feeling.

Bathroom

Another room that tends to be forgotten in terms of artwork. Bathroom art pieces are usually soft and subtle. Stay far away from the tacky word art bathroom jokes and try to go for a modern abstract or interesting photography piece. Another great option is soft floral pieces (either monochromatic or watercolour). No matter what are you choose, please reader, for me, do not add a toilet themed cartoon print - no one wants to look at those.

Over the Mantel

All that brick or wood over your mantel can seem a bit boring, so try to add a large piece of artwork. I recommend a colour palette that either blends well with the fireplace, or go for a pop of colour that contrasts nicely. The most common over the mantel art I have seen are landscapes and abstracts as they're a nice neutral choice.
 

2021 Art Colour Trends

Well reader, these colours can be a little dramatic and intimidating, but no more so then when you called the doctor’s office hoping for their voicemail but instead got their grouchy secretary. Colour can be a way to bring life into a plain space, this year, let’s shake off those old 2020 feelings and add breathe some life into our spaces.

1. Aegean Teal

This bright and cheerful colour is great too add a pop of colour to a space. I recommend using artwork with this colour and keeping a white frame to make the piece stand out. You can find all kinds of artwork using this style ranging from florals and coastal paintings, all the way to bright and colourful modern art.

2. Ultimate Grey

A nice and neutral grey never fails. This colour is perfect for minimalists and neutral lovers alike. If you’re looking to keep a more subtle colour palette in your artwork, this one’s for you. Whether you prefer abstract artwork, or monochromatic landscapes, it’s easy to find grey art nowadays.

3. Lemon Yellow

This colour can be a little divisive in the interior design world, but personally, I find it cheerful and warm. This colour can be pound in abstracts, florals and bright landscapes. When using a bright colour, make sure to either keep this the only pop of colour ( a focal point in your space), or have several other yellow accessories to tie the piece of art into your room. For a dramatic colour, palette, use white, black and yellow for a modern and stunning effect.

Spring Florals

With spring fast approaching, that time of year to spring clean and redecorate is upon us dear reader. Soon flowers will be popping up out of the ground, in the meantime, why not add some colour to your interior? Floral artwork can be a great way to add some colour to a space. There are a few types of floral artwork for you to choose from. You can stick with a classic water-colour, go for a modern abstract, or add a sleek piece of floral photography to your home. No matter what your personal style is, floral artwork can complement your design sense.

Watercolour Florals

Watercolour florals have been around for centuries, and it’s no wonder why, they’re elegant and classic. Watercolours tend to add a softer touch, so if you don’t want your art to be too dramatic, I would stick with a watercolour floral. This is not to say that watercolours can’t be pigmented and vibrant, but in general, these pieces tend to be a little more muted and washed out (perfect for a more subtle and traditional space).

Modern Floral Abstracts

Modern abstract florals are a great option if you’re looking for artwork that pops. These tend to have more dramatic colours and shapes. These pieces are often bright floral looking painted shapes on white backgrounds, making the colour stand out even more. If you’re someone with a more minimal or modern space, I would go in this direction.

Floral Photography

Floral photography can be a really interesting option for modern or eclectic homes. These pieces can range from macro leaf and petal photography all the way to minimalist black and white artworks. These macro shots range from closeups of the texture on the flower’s leaves all the way to water droplets on the leaves. Black and white floral photography is perfect for a feminine but modern space. I image these pieces in a Paris apartment with lots of white and black and neutral furnishings.