Creating a Feature Wall

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A few weeks back I had a few polls going between Instagram and Twitter regarding my love for home décor and incorporating it a little more on my blog and social channels. This proved pretty popular with all the responded in my polls, so I'm pleased to say I’ll definitely be sharing much more in the near future.

The truth is whilst I always have big plans about complete room decorations, much like my bathroom makeover earlier this year – I also know that whilst I am a mature student my budget is somewhat tighter than it was when I was working full time. Due to this, I have learned to make an impact with smaller changes and home accessories.

On that note, I thought I would talk a little bit about using prints to create a statement gallery wall. As well, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know – I’m a little obsessed with styling prints and also buying new ones.

Recently I was lucky enough to pick out some prints from my favourite print destination – Desenio. For those of you who haven’t heard of Desenio it’s a fantastic destination for not only on trend prints and frames but also the inspiration for matching and pairing these prints.

Let me tell you now, it was a long drawn out process deciding which prints to feature and which ones went well together. My sister and I sat with a bottle of wine and created mood board upon mood board of different sets. Until I saw one and though yassss, this says my house all over it. Basically, I was set on the highland cow and it was just a case of finding what went with the beautiful beast.

Let’s chat a little about how to style and create a feature wall which fills your heart with joy (and your friends with envy, Instagram with likes… y’know the drill).


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Size Up Your Wall

First things first before diving in to the super fun part, you really need to know the area you’re working with. How much space do you have to work with? Where is the location? What’s the lighting like. All these things are incredibly important to creating an effective feature wall. So grab your measuring tape and start looking into how big your prints can be without overcrowding and how many you can fit in with a decent amount of buffer.

The space that I am working with is just above my console table as you walk into my open plan living room. I wanted something to really give impact as you walked through the door. The space there is pretty limited so I settled with the idea of three prints, all in varying sizes.


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Create a Moodboard

Trying to pair artwork together without a moodboard is quite a task, and sometimes a little overwhelming. Getting yourself a moodboard, whether it’s online or on real paper and sticking some ideas of shades, shapes and the general theme will help you to select complimenting pieces.  Honestly it’s such a therapeutic system, you’ll almost forget the task at hand.

For my wall the moodboard centred around atmospheric and bold prints. I was keen to include at least one black and white image to create the atmospheric scene I was hoping for. From that I fell in love with the Highland Cow print, and the moodboard went from there. I do love a good old moodboard.

The prints I ended up settling with was the Highland Cow, Autumn Road and Ink Texture posters. I'm so chuffed with how they look together, they set the perfect mood in my lounge.


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Play With Scale

This is probably one of the most important points to mention. When it comes to creating a feature wall with prints, it’s important to play with the sizing and scale. Utilising different size prints and frames you can create a really interesting spectacle for the eye.

Desenio is such a perfect destination for creating a feature wall as most of their prints come in a variety of sizes making it easy to switch between different sizes and dimensions. There's even a few square prints too which I have my eye on.


Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with Desenio, all thoughts are my own.