The thing about doing up your home is that it can take a boringly long time to do anything. Painting walls takes two or three days – but only if your room is diddy and you are skipping the woodwork. Installing blinds? Half a day, although, personally, I’d prefer to watch the aforementioned paintwork dry… As for upholstering an armchair, I wouldn’t even try, although I admire anyone who is happy to set aside a whole day with a staple gun – could I pay you to do mine after you’ve done yours?
I can’t be doing with anything that isn’t instant. And, yes, by this I mean Peter Andre 60 Minute Makeover instant. Buy it, take it out of the packaging, put it up, enjoy – that’s my modus operandi and it's the main reason why I’ve never got my head round gallery walls. I've always wanted a gallery wall – they are are lovely, lovely things and there thousands of ideas on Pinterest to try – but my bugbear is that they take an age to do properly and I'm far too impatient. Firstly, you have to build up a collection – you can’t just dash to IKEA and buy them all in one fell swoop, as you won’t get that "effortlessly chic but thrown together” look. Secondly, pictures for gallery walls need to be a mish-mash of old, new or inherited, brought together from all over the place. And they have to tell a story –your story.
Lastly, there's also the actual act of arranging pictures together so your gallery wall really *does* look "effortlessly chic but thrown together". After an afternoon spent recently wrestling with a hammer and a spirit level, I found that, one injured thumb later, there is absolutely nothing effortless about being effortlessly chic.
Big prints have even been cited as one of Pinterest’s trends to watch for 2018. Get me – I am on trend!
So, I've decided to abandon my plans and go for big artwork instead. Big prints – A0 poster size or even bigger – are just the ticket for transforming a room tout suite and they have even been cited as one of Pinterest’s trends to watch for 2018. Get me – I am on trend!
I’ve rounded up a few ideas to get you started, with a shopping edit of my favourites below, too. And, before I sign off, a word of advice: before you put up any picture, invest in this clever little gadget (from eBay) – it really is the ultimate gadget if you are an impatient doer-upper like me.
GO BIG OR GO HOME
One enormous but minimalist picture (this one is A0 size) with an inspirational quote is all you need to make a real statement in a room. You don’t need any other pictures.
BLOW UP A PRINT
The owners of this Brooklyn apartment on Design Sponge got a holiday photo enlarged and simply pinned it up with bulldog clips you can buy from your local B&Q. It’s easy to copy this look yourself – the internet is awash with digital printing companies like Photobox.
GET GIANT PHOTO STRIPS MADE UP
This company may be in the US, but how cool are these?! I think they're worth the shipping costs.
LEAN WALL ART ON THE FLOOR
Stack and layer – very warehouse-chic!
MURALS ARE A FEATURE, TOO
If you have a bed with no headboard, use a mural to “ground” the bed and make the room look more put together.
LINE UP THREE AS A SET
A collection of three matching prints looks very stylish, especially when the pattern is echoed with chairs.
BLEND PICTURES INTO THE WALL PANELLING
By painting the frames the same colour as the wall and by adding stick-on panelling (from B&Q), you can create a cosy clubhouse look very simply.
CONSIDER A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Buy files on Etsy, then take them into your local print shop.
DITCH THE FRAMES AND TRY POSTER HANGERS
Desenio has a large range and, unlike frames, you can keep them and use them for different prints and posters.