Since we spend so much extra time at home during the winter, wanting to spruce up our space becomes inevitable. There are many ways to go about redecorating, but prints just might be the easiest and most inexpensive way to change things up and bring new life to a room. They are a great way to express yourself at home while keeping true to your individual style and even reflecting your interests and personality. Here are a few of our favourite prints and tips on how to arrange them – we dare you not to get inspired!
Plan in Advance
We’re not gonna lie – putting up art is a frustrating process. To make things easier on yourself, we recommend planning your arrangement in advance to avoid re-hanging everything ten times. Start by measuring or tracing each piece on kraft paper, then use the pieces to arrange everything exactly how you want it. Try to leave enough space between frames to make sure the art has room to breathe. Once you’re happy with how it looks, tap nails in place through the kraft paper, then remove the paper and replace with your final artwork.
Add Visual Balance
When working with multiple prints, it’s important to consider visual balance. The most interesting gallery walls combine a variety of print styles and sizes, but do so in a way that looks effortless and proportioned. A good rule of thumb is to begin with the largest piece, and then scatter your other artwork naturally around it. If you’re looking for an easy way to ensure your prints don’t clash, choose pieces that have a common thread – a colour or shape for example. But don’t focus too much on unity! It’s important that your wall represents you, and what makes you happy.
Find the Right Frames
When it comes to choosing frames, it all comes down to personal preference. We find it easiest to look at each piece individually and choose a frame that works best with that specific print. This makes for a much more dynamic gallery wall, and ensures that each piece will look good on its own if you choose to hang it separately in the future. At the same time, don’t go too crazy and mix black, white, neon and wood for example – unless you’re going for an eclectic look. You can also choose the same frame for each piece if you want a clean, minimal look.
No matter what your preference is for wall art, just have fun with the process, and choose pieces that stand out and mean something to you. Follow us on Instagram for more décor and style inspo!
Visit Chapters St. Vital to shop the prints featured in this post (check store for availability):
Girl with camera illustration: Chapters, $25.00
Butterflies print: Chapters, $39.50
Girl with sunglasses illustration: Chapters, $25.00
Briefcases: Chapters, $29.50
Eyeglasses & Watercolour: Chapters,$20.00
‘But First, Coffee’ print: Chapters, $15.00
‘The World is your Oyster’ print: Chapters, $25.00
Vintage camera illustration: Chapters, $25.00
‘Find Your True North’ print: Chapters, $15.00
‘Staying Home is the New Going Out’ print: Chapters, $15.00
Moose print: Chapters, $15.00
‘The Journey is the Destination’ print: Chapters, $15.00
Pink doorway print: Chapters, $25.00