Bring your personality into a room with a gallery wall of pictures, photographs and artwork. With this easy how-to guide, you can take some shortcuts to creating a unique display.
1. Make a plan
“Some people measure everything out beforehand, but my method is more freestyle,” says Abeer. To create a gallery wall, she starts by laying framed pictures on a rug. “It’s easy to try out different arrangements while they’re on the floor. Once I find a layout that clicks in my mind, I take a photo on my phone. Then I use that photo as my reference to replicate the layout on the wall.”
2. Make something new
Creating your own original artwork is an easy way to make your gallery wall more unique. “I got the idea for framing fabric in the IKEA showroom,” says Abeer. “I like the eclectic look you get when you mix textiles with artwork and photographs in frames of different shapes and sizes. I even framed an artificial leaf.” Top tip: always iron fabric before framing it for a crease-free finish.
3. Make your marks
When it’s time to hang your artwork on the wall, Abeer suggests starting with the largest piece that sits in the centre of the display. “I mark the top corners of the biggest frame on the wall, and put a hook halfway between the two marks. Once this central piece is up you have a reference point to work outwards, first with the medium-sized pieces, and then the smaller ones around the edges.”
4. Make it personal
“Photography is my passion,” says Abeer. “When we first moved to Australia, I took lots of photos of our new city and our family settling in. I wanted to use our own photos to make it feel like home. So I bought lots of different frames, which also gave me a reason to get the photos printed. We all take so many digital photos these days, having these ones printed and framed feels special.”
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Interior stylist: Lucy Tweed
Photographer: Chris Court
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