1. Mix your own photographs with shop bought prints.
Taking photographs when on holiday or even just on day trips and framing them means you can create a personalised gallery wall that no one can ever replicate. It also means the prints will be really meaniningful to you and remind you of good memories whenever you look at it.
I have gone for Manchester based prints in the living room, using some of my photographs which I have mainly snapped on my iPhone and mixing them in with prints by local Manchester artists. A good way to get photos printed is to use Free Prints who give you 45 free prints a month! Its a simple app that can take your photos from your phone or social media accounts and they print 6x4 photographs. All you pay is postage! Absolute bargain. I constantly use them and if you want bigger or smaller sizes, it's only a small amount more.
Top Tip : Choose matt finish to get a more professional feel.
In the hallway, I got a cheap world map print from Desenio and I'm currently building a gallery wall that will go the whole way up the stairs. I like to frame snaps from my travels. Frames needn't be expensive either - I usually get mine from Wilkinsons.
2. Frame Cards
Another favourite thing to do is frame cards when you either love the design or the actual prints are too expensive. Most cards fit a 6x4 frame (although you might have to trim an edge off to get it to fit). Some of my favourite prints that are up in the house are actually cards I've bought from various craft markets or even Oliver Bonas.
3. GET A LETTERBOARD
A good way to refresh your wall art without buying something new is to invest in a letterboard. I got this as a birthday present from my friends about 2 years ago and I still love switching it up all the time. Quotes, song lyrics, messages to the OH - it's an endless way to change it up!
4. FRAME & DISPLAY MENUS
Me and the OH, along with our friends are amateur foodies and love to go to fab restaurants. Most posh places will give you a copy of the menu and I like to keep them and frame them. They look great in the kitchen and dining room, bringing back good memories.
Wall art is not just prints and frames, it can be anything decorative. I like to mix clocks, fairy lights and any sort of ornament alongside my prints. Pictures ledges are the perfect opportunity to do this, you can prop anything on them. And they also mean you can switch it up all the time!
6. And Finally...
Art doesn't just belong on the walls. If you're in rented accommodation or have dodgy walls that flake, you can props art almost anywhere. I love to make use of any space - kitchen worktops, chest of drawers...anywhere is fair game! Mix it up with plants, candles and plants, and you have a really nice display without making any holes!
Top Tip : Remove the covers off hardback books and you get gorgeous neutral props!