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Blog by Rachel Thomas

Q&A: Our interior designer shares her top tips for finding art prints and creating gallery walls

30 March 2022

Rachel is back for her second Q&A to give her expert advice on finding and putting up art prints at home

Once you’ve purchased your brand-new home, the real fun can begin.

Putting up artwork is a great way to add some personality to your space and really make your house feel like a home.

To help you during this creative part of the moving in journey, we’ve called in our interior designer, Rachel Thomas, to share her top tips on art and design in the home.

In her second Q&A (read her first Q&A here), Rachel reveals where to find – and how to choose – art prints, how to create a meaningful gallery wall, and her thoughts on the importance of art in the home.

Putting up artwork is a great way to add some personality to your space

Where are your favourite places to shop for art prints for our show homes?

“The brands I use a lot in the show homes are Desenio, The Poster Club, Paper Collective, and Drool.

“But it’s always worth considering local artists and studios – like Liverpool-based, Tom Pigeon – to support independent talent too.”

“Some brands also give you the opportunity to give back – and that can be a really nice thing to incorporate into your new home.

“Tom Pigeon’s Make Bank supports disadvantaged pupils of art of design, and In Good Company’s #PostersForThePeople project – featured in our Manchester show home – raised ‘smiles’ and ‘funds’ for chosen charities throughout the pandemic.”

Look for something you really like – don’t be worried about what’s popular

How do you go about finding ‘good’ prints?

“Look for something you really like – don’t be worried about what’s popular or what the latest trend is on Instagram.

“Art is personal. It’s all about finding something that speaks to you, something that means something to you personally.

“Find a piece relating to a place that’s important to you or go and visit somewhere you love and find something from there.

“You also always have the option to get something even more personal by commissioning a piece of artwork or by buying from artists who offer customisation on platforms like Etsy.”

Art is about making a statement about your personality and about who you are by what you choose

What do you think about art and the home?

“I think art is about how you personalise your home.

“It’s about making a statement about your personality and about who you are by what you choose.

“We could give everybody the same sofa and the same room – and they would all personalise it differently with art and accessories.

“For example, all our rentals have the same furniture packs in them, but if you go into each home, the personality would come out in the accessories they choose and the artwork they put with it.”

Build a gallery wall with prints that will look aesthetically pleasing together

Rachel’s top tips for creating a gallery wall

01 — If you’re trying to find prints that will look aesthetically pleasing together, on most websites, you can search by colour or style. It just makes the finding process so much easier.

02 — On Desenio’s website, there’s a gallery wall builder tool – it’s a great way to try before you buy. You can select a background, a gallery wall template, then you can click on each frame and add a print from the website.

03 — You don’t have to build an entire gallery wall feature at once. Start with one centre piece that you love, and build out from there.

04 — Use Command Strips instead of drilling holes and hammering nails into your walls – this method is a great, inexpensive alternative for renters. It means you can be more flexible with your design, and you can change it up whenever you feel without damaging your wall.

05 — Remember the little artists in your family. Don’t just purchase your prints, frame your children’s drawings and paintings alongside their photos too.

06 — Remember, a gallery wall doesn’t have to be a cluster of prints of all different styles, shapes, and colours. If that’s not your thing, go for a triptych (a print series made up of three sections). Keep it neat, line it up, and go for a similar look so it appears calming and cohesive.

Book a viewing at your nearest show home to see how Rachel transforms our homes in person.

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