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Planning Your Gallery Wall Layout

Gallery Wall LayoutPlanning how you layout your gallery wall is the next step before *actually* hanging the thing. You might not want to plan it out and just go for it, but I found I needed to get some idea in my head of how it would look before getting the drill out (that combined with being a graphic designer and making my approach to these sorts of things erring slightly on the obsessive…)

I drew some rough sketches out first of what I wanted where. At one point I even considered uploading all the pictures on to my laptop and designing the layout on InDesign before realising I was going mad and this, even for me, was a step too far..

Instead, like a normalish person, I ended up laying the pictures out on the floor and arranging them as I would like them to be on the wall, it was so much easier to actually see what was in front of you and shuffle ’em around like tiles. I took photos for future reference (SO helpful later on) and messed about with how the main central images would sit. It was crucial to get these right as they are both orangey-red and bold (see photo) and would dominate the space.

I wanted colours, frames and themes to be balanced across the space, I wanted to offset the boldness of one image with a lighter style next to it. I wanted to punctuate with colours that repeated themselves but didn’t overwhelm. I also want to add things in the future so I had to make sure there wasn’t a distinct end or structure to suggest a finishing point.

I’m pleased with the end result and it was worth the wait and planning, though no doubt I will change some of it in the future and I will definitely add to it, but whilst I still live a television-less existence the images provide, for me at least, something as entertaining and probably more meaningful to look at.

Some top tips from me:

  • Get the pictures right first – mix it up but get it right
  • Plan it out on the floor to see how it’s going to look on the wall
  • Start with the strongest images and work around them
  • Don’t overwhelm with strong colours or strong frames
  • Take photos!! They’ll provide a handy reference later on

Finding the Right Pictures for your Gallery Wall

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When it comes to creating your gallery wall at home clearly finding the right pictures is the most important part of the process… *stating the obvious alarm*

As I had accumulated a fair amount of pictures over time, I needed to whittle them down to the ones that I actually wanted in the living room and then decide whether or not they looked any good together.

[As a side note, if you set out to create a gallery wall with no collection of art work in the first place, you’ll be doing yourself a favour – you’ll be able to pick and choose what works together and theme it from the outset. Although the likelihood of that happening is quite slim…]

I felt as though I needed some rules to live by when it came to curating the space (as you can tell I took this all rather seriously, much to the hilarity of my friends and family!). Was there a colour scheme or theme that tied them all together? Did they work with my furniture? Would I get sick of them in 6 months?

Making the cut was defined by the following criteria:

  • Colours – I went for mainly orange and red as the stronger accent colours as I had 3 pictures I knew I wanted to include that were the right colours. They also matched other soft furnishings within the room.
  • Themes – I was going for a mid-century themed room so I wanted to reflect this in some of the pictures, I had a few mirrors I wanted to use within the scheme and I definitely wanted to include a couple of prints and flyers that meant something to me.
  • Frames – I chose to go for mainly dark wood frames combined with a couple of gold frames, although there were a few exceptions.
  • Photos – I didn’t want to include personal photos within the wall, they would sit elsewhere as this space was to be design focused.
  • A Mix – I wanted to include paintings, prints and mirrors but I also had a plate, a tin and a printer’s tray that I thought would work well on the wall as well.

So when I had chosen from my existing items, I still needed more and it became my mission to find more pictures to hang and also to compromise a little by re-framing some of the ones I already had. Scouring charity shops and car boot sales was a complete winner, I found some amazing frames that needed a bit of TLC, a coat of varnish or a repaint. They cost hardly anything, looked fantastic and tied into my rules as above.

Next step planning the layout…

The Perfect Gallery Wall

Gallery WallI got my first place about 6 months ago and now the world of interior design, making stuff and DIY has now become a slight obsession…

Having gathered a multitude of prints, photos and paintings over the years, I was finally able to give them a proper home.

I wanted to create the perfect gallery wall, salon style, in my living room, taking over a large section of one the walls, with little else in there to distract.

Getting to the point where I could actually hang the pictures on the wall took a lot longer than I had initially thought. There were a certain number of steps that I had to take in order to get there.

We Love Textiles

Miesje ChaferWe had a lovely time at the Selvedge Spring Fair yesterday and saw lots of lovely designers’ work. It’s always really inspiring to see so many beautiful things in one place. I always think that getting out and about and meeting creative people sets you up for getting back to your own ideas and making. There were lots of really talented artists there but I’ve picked out a couple of my favourites to share.

Definitely someone that stood out was Miesje Chafer (photo above) whose print making and illustration are right up my street. I love the neon textiles, earrings and button designs. Miesje does lots of workshops so it might be worth checking out what she’s up to at her website.

AnimalesqueAnimalesque‘s beautiful children’s masks were fabulous to see up close. They’re made from hand screen printed cloth and then embellished with ribbon and intricately patterned silks. I saw a few kids running around with them on too which is always a good sign!

FullSizeRender-1The variety of stunning hand printed, digitally printed, vintage, antique and rare textiles was amazing and exactly what you would expect from a Selvedge fair. So much to choose from, too many sewing projects on the go! Suffice to say my cloth stash has increased a little too much…

Photoshoot Outtakes

PhotoshootWe had our first photoshoot this week in preparation for launching the blog onto the world and I have to say, it was quite a lot of fun despite the fact that both of us hate having our photo taken…

The end result for our About page was well worth all the antics and I thought it was worth sharing the shots that didn’t make the final cut as they turned out pretty well.

The photos were all taken in Lucy’s lovely studio which is pretty darn perfect as far as locations go, more of that to come.

Bleu Anglais Textiles

BLEU ANGLAISWe love Bleu Anglais Textiles, owned by Noel Chapman.

They specialise in beautiful vintage paste-resist patterned indigo dyed cloths and fabric lengths. They also source simple handwoven indigo check workers cottons. Each piece is personally sourced in rural China. We can’t wait to see samples of their beautiful one-off designs tomorrow at Selvedge.


bb548c_03dfc037f07d4030b25868d9e0a96fbd.jpg_srb_p_773_516_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srbAnother artist we love the look of who will be exhibiting at the Selvedge Spring Fair tomorrow at Chelsea Town Hall, is artist and textile designer Sara Lowes of Animalesque.

Sara combines her expertise in illustration, screen-print and embroidery – with her love of costume and narrative – to produce one off animal headdresses rich with colour, texture and character. She uses collected materials from various travels, Sara produces her collectable creations in her London studio. Find out more at her website.

Sarah Hamilton Prints at Selvedge Spring Fair

Sarah-Hamilton-Lifestyle-and-Studio-9Looking forward to the Selvedge Spring Fair this Saturday at Chelsea Town Hall, we decided to check out some of the other exhibitors that we are excited to see.

First up, there’s Sarah Hamilton Prints. Sarah is a London based printmaker who creates beautiful handmade prints, cards, mirrors and woodblocks. We love her mid-century inspired artwork and perfectly hued colours.

Find out more about Sarah here.

Creative Spaces

Studio WallIn stark contrast to my uber-organised (read: anal) pegboard, my other studio wall has a lot to answer for.

I absolutely love having a giant moodboard in my work space (although my studio mates Studio Can Can and Cult Zeros might not be as keen…!). I use it to paste up postcards, ripped out pictures from magazines and as many pictures of David Bowie and Blondie as humanly possible.

Every so often I try to colour co-ordinate the mishmash to give it a more pleasing look and feel, but less often, in the spirit of Edwyn Collins, I rip it up and start again. And therein lies the beauty of my constantly evolving studio wall.

Pegboard Part II

Pegboard full widthThe pegboard is up and adorned and I have to admit, it’s probably one of the most fun things I have done in a while (apologies to loved ones, family and friends – I do enjoy spending time with you!). There was something just lovely about spending some time organising bits and bobs for my studio. Things which had been languishing in a box up until that point when i set them free to climb up to their tiny new hanging pegboard homes in the sky.

With my new found appreciation of golf tees as hanging instruments married with things I found scrambling round the flat (paint brushes, bamboo crochet hooks, kebab skewers etc.) I managed to have enough hooks and sticks to make it work. These combined with bulldog clips attached with screws and the odd bit of double sided tape meant that I didn’t need to buy specialist pegboard hooks which for some reason are ridiculously expensive on ebay.

SticksI also found that a budget bath shelves (£3 – ditch the suction cups) and a soap dish (£1) from that well known department store, Wilko’s, helped me out no end with larger items that needed a home too.

I will no doubt rearrange the board as time goes on and new storage solutions become apparent but for now it makes me happy every time I see it or hang something new on it.