This post is sponsored by Creative Gallery
This cold weather has me feeling pretty dreary lately.
The lighting in my house is weird, it’s dry and chilly inside, and the yard outside my windows is brown and crispy.
When the second round of snow hit last week, I was craving fresh spring air more than ever.
Something, anything, to brighten up the fog of winter.
Then it hit me, it doesn’t have to be springtime to make it look that way.
Mini Gallery Wall Solution
I’m a sucker for plants and flowers.
They’re such a perfect way to give a room some life, even on a cloudy January day.
So in an effort to dress up a dark and drab corner of my bedroom, I decided to add a mini gallery wall with floral prints.
Now let me clear the air, first.
I’m not really a typical gallery wall kind of gal. (And I don’t usually say “gal” either…)
I like symmetry and clean lines and neat organization.
I tried one of those organic gallery walls once, but honestly, I didn’t like it and I couldn’t wait to take it back down.
But this one is different.
It’s neat. It’s clean. And it’s small.
Three things I wanted to stick with while updating this little bedroom corner.
Add Some Structure
I decided this wasted space of a corner would become a reading nook for me to indulge in my favorite books.
I really wanted to give this corner lots of life and texture, so I added a cube-style shelving unit to hold some potted plants.
Instead of hanging my artwork directly on a blank wall, I chose to be a little different and tuck them into the shelving to create one cohesive piece.
I think that’s where a lot of gallery walls lose their “oomph.”
A bunch of pictures just popped on a wall with no rhyme, reason, or varying elements just feels like a museum to me.
Don’t get me wrong, museums are great to visit, but I sure don’t want to live in one.
I think this shelving cube is great because it gives the art the feeling of being framed, but in a quirky kind of way.
Unique Art Materials Add Visual Interest
I really wanted to do something different with this space.
I knew I wanted floral artwork, but I didn’t want just regular ol’ canvas prints.
But I also didn’t want bulky framed prints or heavy wood transfers.
Then I found these beauties from Creative Gallery and my whole design plan started to fall into place.
The trio of super realistic flowers are printed on lightweight acrylic.
They really bring such a happy element to the room and they’re incredibly detailed.
And since they’re unframed, they pull off a cool modern vibe.
Why I Love Acrylic Artwork
In case you aren’t familiar with acrylic, here’s a quick rundown.
It’s a very lightweight material that resembles glass, but is pretty much shatterproof.
That’s great news for a fumble-fingers like me who has already dropped one of them once while attempting to read the signature in the corner without my glasses on.
Since acrylic is so light, it’s really versatile when it comes to placement.
If I had chosen a glass alternative, I would have had to hang all three of the prints instead of leaning two of them on the shelves for that dramatic look I love so much. Or lean them and just not put anything else on there so I don’t go over the weight limit. Um, no thanks.
They are made by printing the design directly onto the acrylic, then adding an opaque backing to make the design pop.
I really like that process, because it ensures the artwork is sealed up completely, meaning it will last way longer than any other framing/printing option.
Gallery Walls CAN Have Accessories
Another great reason to add shelving to a small gallery wall is the ability to use accessories.
Sure, art looks great on it’s own, but just like your favorite LBD, a little jewelry just makes it even better.
To play off the natural vibe of these floral prints, I added fresh green plants and muted vintage books.
I kept the color scheme very neutral so the flowers can be the stars.
The trick with these shelves is to not overfill them.
There are a lot of nooks and crannies in this unit and it could easily turn into a cluster of “stuff” leaving the artwork feeling overshadowed.
By keeping things light, airy, and to scale, these accessories are the pearl earrings these pretty flowers put on for a classy dinner date with the possible man-flowers of their dreams.
Lean Prints For Increased Flexibility
Here’s the real benefit of that shelving unit I installed…
Some of my artwork doesn’t even have to be hung.
If you’re a renter, you know the true joy of being able to lean artwork.
But aside from less holes in the wall, you’re not constrained to one specific layout.
Before I put all this up, I tried out seven different layouts on my floor.
The bad part of that? Six out of seven looked awesome.
I’ll tell ya, I’m a chick that changes her mind. A lot.
So by leaning a couple of prints, I can move them around from shelf to shelf as many times as I want.
Anchor The Gallery Wall With Furniture
Since this is a small corner of a small bedroom, I didn’t have too many furniture options that would fit.
But a gallery wall with nothing underneath looks like a duck with a shirt and no pants.
This might work for Donald, but it doesn’t work for my bedroom.
To give the corner some balance, I moved my cedar chest over, put two furry rugs on top, and piled on thick pillows.
A throw rug on the floor and a big snake plant next door turned this nook into the perfect place to read a book.
The window nearby adds quite a bit of light, but due to the winter lighting issues, I’ll probably get a lamp for this spot, too.
If you’ve ever wanted to do a gallery wall but you either don’t have the space or don’t like the stereotypical aspect of them, I highly suggest trying it this way.
By using a structural shelving piece as a base, three to four small art prints in modern lightweight acrylic, a few neutral accessories, and a chunky furniture base, you can build a mini gallery wall packed with your own personality.
I’d love for you to share your thoughts on this new way of displaying art, as well as ways you already display prints in your own home in the comments section below.
You can also get family and personal photos printed on that same acrylic, which is really awesome if you ask me.
The quality is truly great and I can’t wait to get more for Noah’s upcoming room remodel. (Shhh, that’s a secret that no one knows about yet.)
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