HOW TO MAKE A MONOCHROME GALLERY
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.