A Gallery wall is the perfect solution to dress up a blank wall or a spot that looks weirdly empty. As we just built that open dressing of ours (read about the DIY), I realized that we have a part of our wall that feels really naked now. It struck me as the perfect spot to build a gallery wall. So now that I have the spot, I need the art… But I asked myself, shouldn’t it be the other way around? It seems to me that it’s kind of fake to buy art just to make a gallery wall. So how can I make it authentic? Should I wait years to gather the best art prints, that have a signification to me or that recall memory? I wish I could, but really what I want right now is for that void on my wall to disappear.
Make it authentic
I gave it some thoughts and, as much as I don’t want a weirdly empty wall, I also don’t want this gallery wall looking like it has no personality. So here are some of the solutions I came up with.
- Choose a personal object that will integrate itself easily into your gallery wall. It can be a beautiful picture of family and friends, a hand-painted plate, a small mirror really anything that’s hangable.
- Go to the local flea market and look for a piece that you like. I find that flea market things can really add some authenticity to the decor. The secret is to imagine it in another context to see its true potential.
- Find the masterpiece of your gallery wall. Find your crowning jewel, look for it, and build this gallery wall around this piece. I’m thinking of building mine around one poster from hotel magique (If you don’t know hotel magique, believe me, you’ll love it! more about it here)
- Frame a poster from an event that happened in your town. Some of these are frequently so well designed that it could be art. So why not take one that appeals to your taste? It will add some authenticity to it and anchored it into your universe.
As for the rest of our gallery wall, hopefully, there are many online shops out there that are selling terrific art prints at an affordable price. The only rule here is to not buy art prints only because they are trendy but because it makes you happy. As long as you respect that, you should be fine, and on your way to building your perfect gallery wall.
Here are some of my favorite online shops for art prints:
1.The Poster Club
The Poster Club is a Copenhagen-based online store offering a unique curated selection of high-quality posters and art prints from both upcoming and established artists. You’ll find here a beautiful selection on-point art.
If you are on a budget make sure to check if the print you are eyeing is not available on one of the other websites because it can be cheaper elsewhere, but it won’t be printed on the same quality paper.
To: Pretty much anywhere
At Desenio, you’ll find a wide selection of posters and mounting solutions, such as poster hangers and clips – often inspired by Scandinavian style. They regularly update their selection to meet the latest trends in interior decor and design.
To: Europe + USA + Australia + Canada
Society6 is home to hundreds of thousands of artists from around the globe, uploading and selling their original works as 30+ premium consumer goods from Art Prints to Throw Blankets. I’ve been following them from day one as when they were only just a social network for artists, I still love them and you can find unique things in there.
To: Pretty much anywhere
4.The Calm Gallery
A British couple launched this typographic oriented art website back in 2007. Their brit background makes their selection very original and unique.
Created in Berlin by 3 friends who wanted to make art more accessible. It has grown into this huge hot spot for art at a fair price.
To: Selected European countries
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