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Cozy Statement DIY Gallery Wall

I spent months trying to figure out how I could design a gallery wall that I love. I have severe commitment issues when it comes to buying something for my home. I know, it's ironic because I am a designer.

When we are running the show for the clients, it is easy, because we know what the client needs, and how best we can deliver it. What my husband and I want is a much more difficult consensus to achieve. So as all women do, I went ahead without discussing the details with him. and thank god I did because it is a statement for our home.

Instead of being a one-and-done, forgotten wall that we don't give a second glance to, this is a place for us and all our guests to stop and take a look. and it is because, apart from being easy on the eyes, and interesting, it is something that practically anyone can associate with.

The lesson here is to really curate the items you bring into your home. It has to tug at your heartstrings for it to be a true reflection of your personality.

Let me take you through how I did it. I will leave you with the method of execution, but the item that goes in it has to be something that occupies all your thought until you have it!

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Things you will need


  • Find the correct wall: everything has scales and proportions that determine the visual appeal. If you are looking at the artwork from less than 2 feet away, it is best to have smaller-sized designs. The general rule of thumb is to have the canvas 3 times smaller than the viewing distance. So at a distance of 2' or 24", the canvas should be between 6-8" along its diagonal.

  • Fix the proportions: while the canvas size is determined by viewing distance, it is also greatly influenced by the wall size. In a narrow corridor, the wall might be gigantic, but the viewing distance is small. the solution is to have multiple smaller artworks to maintain the integrity of the artwork and keep it proportionate with the wall. To know how much space you should cover, keep it 2/3rds the size of the wall. You can get more specific by multiplying the longer edge of the wall by .75 and the shorter by .60 to arrive at your canvas size.

  • Find the right artwork: While working with my clients, I take them through the process of making decisions for the furniture and the functionality of the space, but when it comes to the accessories and the artwork, I insist they take the reigns because as a designer I can find something that looks beautiful, but if it does not reflect your personality or is not something that makes you want to stop and take a look every time you pass it, simply because you love it, then I will no have done my job. I will help you make a decision, but only that which moves you is worth buying!

  • Prep the background: The way I prepped for my artwork, is to fray the edges of the paper by tearing it by hand for a more casual look. A few other ideas are, to paint an ombre effect on the paper, burning the edges of the paper, gilding the edges, or drawing/printing a pattern. This was the background for my main artwork.

  • Prep the artwork: If you followed the first two steps, then you might have to resize the art to make it work.

  • Assemble: Now that I had all my pieces ready, I had to put them together with the items mentioned in the things you need. I used double-sided tape to stick the printed artwork on the treated background paper and attached a binder clip on top. I then decided on a pattern from the subway tile stack ideas, choosing the vertical offset stack.

  • Hang: I centered the artwork to align with the doorframe that would be on either side of the wall. I then eyeballed the distance I needed and hung the artwork as I went. I wanted an organic and comfortable, look so I needed the artwork to not be exact. the ripped paper played into it perfectly. You can always use a ruler to make an exact grid.


If you happen to use this idea, please tag @tycinteriors on Instagram with #TYCideas! I would love to see your accent walls!


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