HOW TO MAKE A MONOCHROME GALLERY

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STEAL THIS STYLE

This idea for a DIY monochrome wall was in­spired by the con­tem­po­rary, pared-back Scan­di­na­vian style. The black-and-white colour pal­ette of­fers a sense of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and sim­plic­ity; here, less is more.

When us­ing a monochrome scheme as the ba­sis for your room decor, pre­vent it from look­ing bland by in­tro­duc­ing one other colour and pops of tex­ture and in­ter­est­ing de­tail. You can do this us­ing tex­tu­ral ce­ram­ics, up­hol­stered din­ing chairs, dra­matic floor rugs, green­ery and over­sized art­work dis­plays.

Giv­ing a nod to the Scan­di­na­vian theme, the Copen­hagen print is the hero cen­tre­piece in this room. Turn the page for tips on cre­at­ing a gallery wall.

This black and white wall is so­phis­ti­cated and strik­ing but oh-so-easy.

DIY GALLERY WALL

Choose your art­works – com­bine dif­fer­ent types of ty­pog­ra­phy, pho­tog­ra­phy and il­lus­tra­tion prints in sim­i­lar colours.

Pop cute post­cards into A5 frames.

Down­load­able art­work is af­ford­able and avail­able from stores like Etsy. Have it printed at Of­fice­works. See ex­am­ples of down­load­able art on pre­vi­ous pages.

Mix up the thick­ness of frames and the styles, such as shadow box frames.

PO­SI­TION YOUR PICS

Start with your largest prints in the cen­tre and work your way out­wards, with smaller prints scat­tered on the outer edges.

Cut out scrap pa­per in the same size as your frames, then ar­range on your wall with sticky tape. By do­ing this you can play around with the po­si­tion­ing and get a feel for the look be­fore you start mak­ing holes in the wall. A va­ri­ety of frame thick­nesses

on our wall makes an in­ter­est­ing shape, while the lay­out has enough or­der to pre­vent it from look­ing hap­haz­ard.

Spac­ing be­tween frames should be fairly reg­u­lar for a stylish look, or with one or two big­ger gaps for a quirkier feel.

Top tip: These light­weight frames can be hung with re­mov­able ad­he­sive hooks, so they’re an op­tion for renters.

A mix of ty­pog­ra­phy, il­lus­tra­tion and pho­to­graphs adds in­ter­est and the over­all ef­fect looks bal­anced. A strik­ing combo of black and white cre­ates a fo­cal point for this din­ing room. MAKE IT BEST BUY NOIR TYPE LET­TER G PRINT, 14.8CM X 21CM, $8, FROM YORKELEE. The for­est green pops against the monochrome scheme and pre­vents it from look­ing flat.

Match­ing monochrome, but the curves of these vases bring a soft­ness to the mix.

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Start with your largest prints in the cen­tre.

GREAT IDEA Graphic cards or post­cards make great bud­get art­works.

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