If you have some blank wall space that could do with an injection of character, maybe you should consider a photo wall...
1. Firstly, don't worry if you don't think you have the necessary space. You can make a gallery wall as big or as small as you like, and you can always add to it as you go along. A location above a piece of furniture or fireplace is ideal - let the dimensions act as a guide. A good choice to go for is a symmetrical style - odd numbers work particularly well, so how about three rows of three pictures? If you have a mantelpiece, this can also be utilised to provide another row of three pictures, or just one long photo - for instance, a panoramic shot.
2. The wall up the stairs is often viewed as something of a dead-space – however, it's ideal for a gallery wall. Plan this carefully, as you don't want the pictures to be too low or too high, as that will mean you can't see them. Use the angle of the stairs to act as a guide; start with the larger pictures first as a focal point, then add the smaller ones.
3. A gallery wall can also be extended to two, starting near one corner of the room and moving round. You can either choose to have the pictures spread evenly over the walls or you can start quite close to the corner on the first wall.
4. Gallery walls can look fantastic in small rooms, including a downstairs toilet. You can use lots of different sized frames but be consistent with your colour. It's worth noting that it can make the room feel cluttered, although there doesn't have to be anything wrong with that - it can be a nice look.
5. If you have a large wall space to fill, the world (or wall) is your oyster! Measure the area that you want to work within and stick to this. Start with the pictures on the outside to almost make a frame of frames, then continue adding pictures to the inside until the space is full. As you go, you can mix up the different sized and shaped frames, and you don't need to maintain a uniform space between each frame either - you can even include other items such as a large wooden initial or a clock.
6. You don't need to go out and spend a ton of money on new frames - instead, use what you already have or see what you can find in a charity shop. If you feel the colours are clashing, you can simply upcycle them to create a matching scheme. You can do this by spray painting, sanding for a weathered look or even using gold leaf.
7. Before starting, gather the pictures you'd like to display, and have a play around with the layout - take photos and see what works best. A good tip will be to start with the largest (typically at eye level), then add medium sized pieces and finish off with the small pictures. Also, a word to the wise - a spirit level will be incredibly handy!
Tips courtesy of Emily Dawes, London Craft Club Stylist and Life Hacks with Nectar Host / image courtesy of Pexel