Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Print Walls Are Hard


Having spent the past two and a half years renovating our house (and, ahem, still not finishing it), it's nice to finally be at the stage where we can do some of the nicer stuff, the stuff you can do without getting covered in dust/paint/plaster and that you can do at leisure without worrying that if you don't get it finished, you'll be left without a toilet for the night. (Renovating a house is SO much fun guys).

Despite the fact that we still have a completely blank canvas of a hallway, recently we seem to be turning our hands to the finishing touches in other rooms, which is much more enjoyable, although surprisingly difficult. Whereas I've had no problem at all with knocking entire walls down, it would seem I'm a little bit more apprehensive about putting nails in newly decorated walls because what if I put one in the wrong place and then you can see it and I can't cover it up and I've ruined our house forever?! (Dramatic, me?)

Anyway, in this post I'd like to talk about print walls, specifically how bloomin' difficult they are to create. This is partly my own fault because when I say 'print wall' I actually mean 'everything you could possibly put up on a wall wall', but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it and would definitely have made the title of this post far too long. So I'm going to chat through how I did create the print wall in our living room along with a few tips that you can take or leave because I'm sure everyone does these things differently (I'm so helpful right?).


T H E  T H E M E  |  I decided a long time ago that I wanted a plant themed wall somewhere in our house (surprise surprise) and when we settled on a dark green for our living room walls, it seemed a no-brainer that it should be in there. I don't at all think you need a theme for a print wall, you can totally just put up a load of prints that you like, but it definitely helped me in terms of planning it, plus it gives the living room a bit more of an aesthetic.

T H E  P R I N T S  |  I use the term 'prints' loosely because you can put whatever you want up there; photographs, a mirror, a clock, but the next step is deciding what you want on the wall. Decide whether you just want prints or a mixture of things, then smaller details like whether you want all the frames to match or not. You might want all the prints to be the same size so you can do something a bit more uniform or you might want a complete jumble of everything (like me).

T H E  P L A C E M E N T  |  Now this is the difficult bit. I vaguely planned out where I maybe wanted things to be in relation to each other, but it's SO hard to picture what something will look like on the wall when it's actually on the floor. In the end, I chose what I wanted to be the focal point of the wall and worked outwards from there. The 'stay wild' print from Maggs London was chosen as my focal point, as it was the first print I bought with the intention of making a print wall and it's relatively big. I also knew that I wanted my little hanging plant on a shelf to be in the right hand corner so I popped that up, then I realised it would look nice if the mirror reflected the greenery from some angles so that went up too and in that vein I began building it up. I didn't want it to look too uniform or cluttered so it did take me a while to commit to each nail going in!

S T A R T  S M A L L  |  I don't think my print wall is necessarily finished, but I didn't want to put too much into it and then regret it. I love it how it is, but at the moment I've got the bare minimum on there so I can add to it in time if I want to. Much better that way round than decide I want to take something down in a couple of months!

Do you have a print wall?

Amy x


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  1. Really keen to start my own print wall, it looks great!

    Mariya | www.brunetteondemand.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm already planning another one haha! x

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  2. I'm in the process of starting my print wall, I have loads of prints but still need to buy some frames and those sticky things as I can't put nails in my wall!

    Sarah
    www.sarahaurorax.com

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    1. Ooooh I hope you'll put up a picture when it's done? I'd love to see it! x

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  3. I also have a print wall and loved the process of putting it together, but also panicked at banging holes all over a wall with the possibility of regretting it later haha. No regrets so far though, thankfully! I will be moving next year and can't WAIT to get stuck into a new place and project! Your place is looking so calm, peaceful and botanical by the way Amy :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. I remember you featuring yours not long ago, I loved the huge prints! Thank you lovely :) xx

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  4. I also started to arrange my print wall last month, and I agree on the title of the post. Haha! but I am so inspired by this! yours looks really clean and beautiful! LOVE it x
    have a wonderful day!

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    1. Aw thank you! Hope yours is going well :) xx

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  5. I do love a print wall, but they can be tricky buggers to plan, yours looks great xx
    katescloset.uk

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    1. So much harder than I thought haha! Thank you xx

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  6. Oh wow your plant shelf!! So different I have never seen anything like it before, I L O V E it!!! I think you have nailed your print wall. Chloe x

    www.fivethingsaboutchloe.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you! I knew I wanted a plant shelf haha! xx

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  7. Thanks for the tips, ideas and beautiful pictures, I've never had a go before because it looks so hard!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. I thought it would be easy but it was so hard to actually commit! xx

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  8. You say it's difficult, but it looks absolutely amazing! If you were to see my house and how bare the walls are, you would be horrified! I just stay away from decorating because I am really horrible at it. Lol.

    -PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com
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    1. Aw thank you! It was a labour of love haha! And we have plenty of bare walls too don't worry haha xx

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