So you’ve finally nabbed the house of your dreams – congrats! But you don’t want a house, you want a home, so that means you’ve got to fill it with all your little personal touches.
Nothing says empty more than empty walls – seriously, who wants those? But, you’re not a teenager living in student digs anymore, you’re a young professional who want some refined pieces – not tatty bluetack stuck photos. Lucky for you, we’ve got all sorts of wall art to satisfy your cravings.
How to match your wall art to the rest of your furniture:
First things first, you’ve got to establish what the overall aesthetic is in your abode. If you dream of wood-burning fires and have lots of raw wood and exposed stone dotted about, you probs have a rustic design aesthetic. To pair you wall art with this look, we recommend sticking to warm neutral tones in your wall art, or alternatively, go for animal themes and beautiful desert landscapes. Both of which will go with the shabby-chic wooden storage units and patchwork cushions you’ll wanna nab for your country bumpkin paradise.
Or, if you’re all about clean lines, sculptural details, and open, airy spaces, you’re definitely a Scandi minimalist. Check out our gorgeous geometric wall art or our stunning less is more minimalist canvases. Stick to black and white colour palettes and don’t overload your home with too many trinkets. Pair your minimalist wall art with stripped back lamps and soft, furry rugs and mirrors for a winning look.
Another design that’s having a moment is the industrial aesthetic. A good industrial aesthetic sits right at the intersection of minimalist and urban grit. Imagine Industrial Revolution-era original factory fixtures meets hip urban graphic designer working in a downtown loft. There you go. To create the look, try gritty transport wall art and keep to black and white. Both of which would look incredible with industrial ceiling lamps and mid-century clocks.
Finally, if your bedroom is covered with wall hangings and fairy lights, you burn incense like it’s your day job, and you’re a firm believer that more is more, then you my friend, will likely enjoy a Bohemian-inspired eclectic design aesthetic. We’ve got a great selection of boho art prints, which mostly consists of multi-colour patterns and stunning OTT visuals. Think rainbow-coloured feathers and gorgeous swirly flower prints. These work best with bold throws, lavish cushions and lots and lots of wall shelves holding interesting trinkets that you’ve collected from your travels.
Remember, you don’t have to stick to one aesthetic. The scandi design works with the industrial, as does the rustic and bohemian. Then again, feel free to decorate each room of your home differently. Kitchens are the hub of the house, and a cosy rustic look suits this part of the house the best. As for the bedroom, a scandi design ensures your mind isn’t overstimulated before bed (important for a good night’s sleep). Therefore, feel free to mix and match aesthetics all throughout your house – trust us, you can get the best of both worlds!
How to hang you wall art:
So you’ve found what you’ve been looking for and you’ve had it delivered to your door, but what do you do now? The answer is obviously put your new wall art up, but how exactly you do that might not be so clear. For those who are more Do-It-Never than Do-It-Yourself, don’t stress, when it’s as easy as this even an old dog can learn this new trick.
First things first, decide where you’re gonna put it. If you’ve got the perfect wall art for your bedroom, then make a beeline there whilst statement living room wall art means you should get set up there. As a general rule, try and keep wall art aligned with the top of windows and any other wall features as not doing so will seriously annoy your OCD friends (and us).
With any wall decoration, you’ve gotta make sure there’s no cables or pipes lurking behind the wall you’ve chosen to hang it up on. To do this you’ll need a detector which you can buy at pretty much any DIY store. After this step, hammer a nail into the wall, hook the back string onto it and badabing badaboom - you’re all done. Easy peasy, lemony squeezy.
Yes we know, we know, this is Generation Rent we’re talking to, and if you put a hole in your wall you’ll put a hole in your deposit. Before doing anything, it’s probably best to ask your Landlord or Landlady whether they would mind if you put a hole in the wall. If they’re not feeling your home decor choices then no fret, when it’s time to up and out just fill any holes with some plaster filler.
Alternatively, you can buy some pretty nifty adhesive hooks and command strips. These work by slapping a sticky double sided strip onto your wall and then sticking your wall art onto it. They’re great because when you’re done, you just pull it off and it won’t leave any grease marks or holes.
So, there you have it. Happy shopping and we wish you the best with your new (or about to be refurbished) home!