Doing it the French Way
Darren has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.
A French, or gallery wall feature is a great way to combine treasured pictures and artworks in an interesting way. By unifying frames of different sizes, shapes, colours and textures, you can create large-scale impact from otherwise disparate elements.
Small pictures are great as part of a vignette, but don’t often shine when placed on a large wall. By creating a gallery of pictures you can use all sorts of different shapes and sizes to create an eye-catching effect.
It’s also a perfect way to hang family photos or pictures from your trips, next to your prized floral photographic print, and that lovely, traditional painting your grandmother gave to you. Combining these pieces in a gallery, on the wall, will give the feeling that the pictures and artworks having a place next to each other, as part of a larger group.
Spacing your pictures at relatively even gaps, but in non-aligned or random seeming placement, is the key. There should be a sense of flow from one picture to the next, but you should also embrace the randomness in terms of artistic content, placement and size.
This look works well in contemporary interiors, as well as classic or Scandi styles. You can adapt frames to suit your style by tying together the colour of the frames with the flooring, or contrast against them for equal effect.
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