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We all know that feeling when a giant empty wall is staring at us in the face and a question pops into our head – what should I put up here? How do I decorate this? Where do I even start?
Scandinavian design is all about white walls and decorating them effortlessly with prints and wall art, yet, if you tried to recreate that well-known calm but stylish vibe in your home you may have found it more challenging than it seemed initially.There are a few tips and tricks worth knowing before you start! We’re sharing the basics today on the blog hoping to make your life easier. Take these tips into consideration, follow your instincts and success is (almost) guaranteed.
However, with some clear, easy to follow steps, it’s simpler than you think to tackle a restyle of your home. Anyone can do it and do it well! So, let’s dig in and discuss the key considerations you can make when you renovate your home.
Seriously, you need inspiration. Whether you find it on social media, in a magazine or a friends home… it’s ok to copy something you see elsewhere! You could start by looking through our own scandi themed ideas. Pick a few wall arrangements, prints or photo collages that you like and then start to apply the ideas to your own home. You can print off images or print samples and stick them to the wall, live with it for a few days, see how it feels – it’s useful to do this before you order in the high-resolution versions & frames, just to make sure you’re choosing wall décor you’ll truly love & enjoy.
If you’re a minimalist, you may want to use one big print rather than many small ones. You can use a combination of matching prints or a photo collage if you prefer a “busier” look. If you are lucky enough to live in a place with giant spaces and tall ceilings, then big pieces of artwork will work much better as they will match the proportions of the room. In a small home on the other hand, with a low ceiling height, you may want to carefully consider the size of your art – one oversized item may add some edginess to the look, but overall just pay attention and keep the proportions in line with the architectural characteristics of your home.
A statement piece of art, a colourful abstract print or a powerful quote will need its space to breathe. We call this a focus point and you want these pieces to steal the attention. If you squash too many interesting things next to each other in a relatively small space they will “fight for attention” (designer talk! I know…), but it will look too busy and out of balance.
In Scandinavian design, there are no strict rules about where you put your prints. All this freedom can lead to choice paralysis, but there’s a few simple best practices that can help with picture placement.
You can keep your giant framed prints on the floor. This is especially good news for those in rented flats. You can put an iconic Scandi print next to a standalone green plant on the floor, maybe spice it with a large paper bag storage with a cool quote and you’re done – the Scandi vibe just moved into your home!
Before you hang, STOP. The tendency for many is to hang artwork too high. If you’re positioning your artwork, experts usually recommend centering the vertical middle of your picture to be 57 inches from the ground.
You could also put your framed art on sideboards, chests of drawers or any other flat surface. It’s also super popular to use picture ledges in Scandinavian homes to display a set of prints above the sofa for example. This is good for those of you who like to swap things around and redecorate every 2-3 months as you can easily change the prints and the vibe of your room without having to drill or re-measure distances, etc. You’ll fix up your ledges just once and then get creative!
If you’re going for a more formal look or have small children and want to play safe hanging your prints on the wall is probably your best bet. For big and heavy stuff I would go for drilling and proper hanging solutions suitable for the type of wall, but for photo collages and matching print collections that are framed using acrylic, you could use picture hanging products that just stick to the wall and are easy to remove without damage. If you’re not experienced in measuring frame heights and distances, this is also the easiest way to get it right, because you can change it as many times as you want, plus it’s a “see what you get” kind of technique – unlike drilling holes and then guessing how the prints will hang.
On white walls, I love to create contrast so I am most likely to use black frames or natural wood, especially in living areas. Children’s bedrooms are a bit different as I would strive to create a very calm space to help children rest, therefore I may use white frames on white walls with prints that have a white background and soft, pastel colours.
In terms of style and the thickness of the frames, just go with what you like! Scandinavian is the kind of style that “tolerates” a lot and will easily absorb eclectic accessories. I’d start with eFrame’s Scandi collection – frames designed to fit with Scandinavian design interiors.
Wall art is an amazing opportunity to create flow in your home. It can be used in so many different ways, but consider it as the bridge between the different colours and styles that you use. Here are a few examples of how you can pull the room together with wall décor:
Hopefully, you got inspired by now and have a draft vision of how you’d like to decorate your walls! Thanks for reading and happy art & frame hunting!