Inject some life into your home by adding a couple of pieces of inspiring wall art. A blank wall is like a blank canvas – use it to show off your personality and style while completely changing the look and feel of the room.
In this guide, you'll find essential information about the range of pieces on offer and how to hang wall art safely and creatively. Plus, we've got some top tips on how to create a gallery wall.
Before you dive headfirst into the art world it's a good idea to narrow your search terms: think colour, theme and style. Which hues will match your current décor? What themes are already present in the room? What types of motifs would you like to see? You could also think about adding a light feature, or creating a sense of depth with a mirror.
Whether you prefer traditional portraits or something more abstract, there are a number of options when it comes to wall art. Our range covers it all, from the classic to the kooky.
A timeless style, these pictures usually come with a wooden frame and a glass cover to protect the artwork inside. Large photos, prints or paintings look great in this style, as the frame defines the picture and makes the work stand out from the wall. Go for this option if you like a reasonably formal look.
A canvas is a strong, unbleached cloth made from hemp or yarn, stretched over a frame to create a smooth surface. It's ideal for painting with acrylics and oils. A canvas is relatively lightweight compared to photo frames (and not as breakable).
Think lighting displays, mirrors and shelving units – even your old vinyl records. Anything can be art when you use it to brighten up an empty space and make your home look beautiful.
Large picture frames and other objects can be heavy and require a strong wall fixing to make sure they don't fall down. First, establish what kind of wall you’re dealing with. If it's plasterboard (in which case it will sound hollow if you bang it with your fist), consider installing a special plug fixing, also known as an expansion bolt. If it's a brick wall it's better to drill a hole for a wall plug, put a screw in the wall plug and hang the art from there.
If DIY isn't your thing, you can use picture-hanging hooks. There are three main types, and which one you choose will depend on the weight of your artwork:
- single-nail hook – for artwork up to 15kg
- double-nail hook – for artwork up to 22kg
- triple-nail hook – for artwork weighing 30-45kg.
To do the best possible job, use two picture hooks per piece to ensure it stays level over a long period of time.
Top tip: Don't forget to use a spirit level to get the perfect hang.
A wall-hanging kit is usually made up of a strong wire and two clips. This is a quick and easy option for framed pictures, and some even come with them pre-installed. Canvases or wood block artwork usually have a built-in screw hanger that can simply be placed over a secure fitting. You can also get creative – try hanging a series of pictures from the ceiling, or use crocodile clips and string for that gallery-inspired washing line look.
Don't stress too much if you get it wrong. Hanging a picture isn't going to alter the structural integrity of your wall or home so, if you mess up, start again and patch up your mistake. Giving yourself this type of freedom is a great way to let your creativity shine through.
Use a feature wall to show off your photography skills and display your favourite memories. A uniform, grid formation looks great in a modern and minimalist room, or you could go for a more freestyle approach.
The ‘salon’ look is very popular, and creates an attractive mosaic effect. It's named after a historical Parisian art exhibit where pictures crowded the walls. Pick a variety of styles, sizes and colours and make a cluster. There are no set rules here, just arrange the artwork as you see fit.
If you do group multiple artworks together, keep the space between each piece around two to three inches – too far apart and the arrangement will look disjointed. It's also much easier to hang the largest piece first, usually as a centre focal point, and then add other pieces around it.