Display Your Wall Art

When one artwork just won’t do, in comes the gallery wall

Gallery walls are incredibly versatile and can be used to display family keepsakes, to showcase a favourite collection, to create an accent wall or to fill a large empty spot. While it may seem daunting to create your own, here are some useful tips to help you achieve great results in no time. Just bring your creativity and a smidge of elbow grease.

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The best gallery walls are a reflection of who you are, what you love and are passionate about. Whether you’re a budding astronomer, a bird lover or fancy modern architecture, there’s only one rule: pick items you’ll love rediscovering every time you look at your wall.

Once you’ve chosen an overall theme, you can narrow down your options by deciding what kind of impact you’re after. A grouping of black and white photos creates a seamless visual effect that draws people in to have a closer look. A selection of seascape images from a macro shot of a pebble all the way to a panoramic view of the ocean can trigger memories and foster a soothing mood.

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Consider the environment you’ll be creating your wall in. It’s best to keep things simple in a room with an already colourful palette or to use your gallery wall as a way to bring interest in a neutral setting.

Presentation is key

Now that you’ve chosen the pieces you want to display, the next step is to select how you’re going to present them. There are several ways to go about this.

Using identical or similar frames, such as classic black or white frames with white or cream mountboards, is a good way to tie an eclectic collection together or to create an overall minimalist look. You can add a bit of dimension by choosing frames of varied width and depth.

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If uniformity is not your cup of tea and you want to emphasize the quirkiness of your artwork or create a focus wall that’s artistic in its own right, then you have a myriad of options. From a mix of frames in a variety of sizes, colours and profiles, to reclaimed wood boxes or windows, all the way to a blend or canvas artwork and framed photos, the possibilities are literally endless.

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In the end, there is no right or wrong option. Choose frames that complement your artwork and décor or that make a statement.

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Putting it all together

Still feeling tentative? Here’s a simple way to ensure a perfect result. Cut paper (leftover Christmas wrapping paper, craft paper or newspaper will do) the exact size of each artwork you want to display and label them. Make sure to mark or punch a hole through where the hook will need to go. It’ll save you some time later.

Place the paper cut-outs on your wall with cellotape and move them around until you find an arrangement you like. Keep them about 30 cm above any furniture. It’s easier to start with your largest piece, which will likely end up being your focal point. Set it in the centre for a symmetrical grouping or to the side to draw the eye in one direction. Once you’ve chosen a spot for it, arrange the other pieces around or to the left or right depending on where you set the large piece. If all your frames are of identical size, consider lining them up for a neat effect.

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Leave 2-3 cm between each frame so that your pieces don’t end up blending into one another. If you’re displaying a macro photo divided into sections or a tryptic, then put the frames closer.

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Like what you see? Since you already marked where to put the hooks, simply nail or drill through the templates, then rip the cut-outs one at a time as you replace them with the appropriate frames. If you live near a busy street or your walls are uneven, use some blu tack to ensure they stay put and level. 


 

Creating a gallery wall is a simple way to make a statement or to fill a large space in a very personal way. You’re only limited by your imagination. If you’re not sure what to buy to create your gallery wall, just contact us and we’ll be happy to help you choose the right artwork to create or complete the perfect wall.

Find Your Perfect Wall Art

 

 

Tired of looking at the same old piece of art? Want to spruce things up but you don’t know where to begin or what kind of art to choose?

No need to panic, we’re here to help with some great choices sure to impress everyone who stops by your home.


 Abstract

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Photographer:  Dariusz Czekala       

Abstract

Many of us look at art as a source of inspiration, something that’ll spark our creative juices. Whether they’re broken lines on colourful backgrounds, twisting copper sand dunes,or streaming lights on a road at night, Abstracts give us the space to imagine.  

Perfect for… the creative thinker.


Black and White

Title: Samuel Beckett Bridge

   Photographer:  John Hurley

Black and White

Not a fan of splashy colours? No need to compromise your minimalist esthetic. Choose a Black & White photo of a moody night scene or a portrait of your favourite church in all its gothic glory. 

Perfect for… the purist.


 City and Architecture

Title: Along the Boardwalk

Photographer: Justin Melia

City and Architecture 

Whether it’s a shot of Dublin streets in the early morning you’re after or want to capture the charm of a small medieval village on market day, we have a vast array of options related to City and Architecture and they’re not all from Ireland. You can also revisit your love of Venice or dream of springtime in Paris.  

Perfect for… for the urban traveler.


Landscape

Title: Doonagore Castle

Photographer: Richie Moylan

Landscape

If you’re looking to make a small flat or room seem larger, Landscapes are the way to go. They can remind you of your favourite ocean view or that lush green paddock you never thought you’d leave as a child. Our biggest category, landscapes, offers options from long winding roads to endless green hills, and deserted beaches. 

Perfect for… the visionaries. 


Seascape

Title: The best of Sabrina

Photographer: Trevor Cole

Seascape

A photo of the Seascape might seem like a cliché to some but there’s a reason why so many people are charmed by its everlasting beauty. From golden sunsets on Dublin beaches to crashing waves hitting the cliffs of Donegal on a stormy day, it’s impossible to resist the unrelenting power and grace of the ocean.

Perfect for… the un-repenting romantic.


 Macro

Title: Water Lily

 Photographer: Sarah Lim

Macro

Looking for an extreme close up of something beautiful or interesting? The Macro category is filled with stunning close up photos of flowers, plants and insects. Why not a series of shots of a dandelion being blown in the wind? Or perhaps your little one would like a photo of a dragonfly about to take flight?

Perfect for… the budding scientist.  


Fine Art

Title: Primary Rhapsody

Artist: Louise Adams

Fine Art

Not into photography? Why not choose a print of an original Fine Art piece? From the muted tones of a village portrait to the stark contrast of an abstract landscape, the possibilities are (almost) endless. You can choose to create a focal point in your room with a large print with bright colours or a group of complementary images, or you can find the perfect pint size piece that’ll fit perfectly into that small alcove. 

Perfect for… those who prefer brushes to pixels.  


With hundreds of options to choose from, you’re sure to find something you’ll finally be happy to gaze upon day in and day out.

Still not sure what to buy? No worries, just contact us and we’ll be happy to help you choose.