My sister has the most fantastic toilet. Well, it’s just your bog-standard toilet, and it’s one of 3 toilets in her home, but it is still probably my favourite room in the entire house. She also has a really nice house and I am jealous.
Anyway, the reason it is my favourite room in her house, is that the focus wall is covered head to toe with probably near 100 different sized framed paintings and prints. A collection that she spent probably tens of years creating through purchases at local charity shops. It really is quite impressive.
I have always dreamed of creating something similar, only I don’t really have the same time or passion to replicate my sister’s somewhat obsessive efforts. Therefore, instead of years/decades poking through charity shops, I decided to create something similar using a more contemporary collection of wall art prints from Desenio, the Scandinavian wizards when comes to gallery wall design.
Creating Your Own Gallery Wall
So apparently these are known as ‘Gallery Walls’ and Desenio have an entire section of inspirational gallery walls online to more or less buy straight out-of-the-box designs, which would be the simple option. But they also have a ‘Create Your Own’ template section and thousands of unique framed prints (around 7000) to personalise your very own work of wall art.
At the same time, creating your own gallery wall is also a simple option, with an easy step-by-step guide to follow in personalizing your very own wall gallery by simply following the 4 steps below:
- Select background
- Select Picture Wall
- Select Design (Art Prints and Posters)
- Frame Your Designs
Once complete, just add to your basket, or save for later and go on and make another. We ended up doing a lot of the latter. It’s kind of addictive.
Personalizing Your Gallery Wall
Ever watch the main title sequence of the HBO series “The White Lotus”? For some reason, I’ve had a weird obsession with the tropical patterns of the title sequence, and just the overall aesthetics of the Hawaii beach resort based show. Armond’s shirts! So I did a quick search for tropical birds and there are just too many to choose from. Just check out this vintage toucan.
But Fanfan, who literally has a degree in interior design (well, BA Applied Arts), overruled me on this decision, as she did with Armond’s delightful floral shirts. A man can only dream. Anyway, instead, we agreed on a gallery wall inspired by our shared interests, which isn’t always easy to be fair, given it’s mostly just food, travel and cats? And I ended up finding myself tracking back again to the birds category. I do like birds.
Infinite Options of Wall Design
This inevitably led us down a rabbit hole, where we’d fill baskets with all sorts of weird and wonderful wall art (only to find later that it’s smarter to just add them to favourites). We would then each remove those we did not like and ended up with a weird mishmash of random wall art. Which is kind of what we had intended.
The intention of this gallery wall was not so much in creating or complementing a feeling or ambience in the room (although Desenio has some great designs for these). Instead it was more about creating something that people can indulge in and explore. And it feels very much like the beginning of something much bigger, something we will expand and add to, as the start of (eventually) covering the entire wall.