The Ultimate Poster Wall Guide
How to build a beautiful poster wall in your home.
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Poster walls have become very popular as an additional element in one’s home. Poster walls can be large with up to 10 pictures or small with just 3 pictures and you can have a single or many poster walls in your home depending on the number of rooms and the size of the home. Here’s some great tips for building a beautiful poster wall in your own home.
In short, building a beautiful poster wall is about combining colors and styles that compliment each other and hanging the posters so that they harmonize on your wall and in your room.
1. Choose the right room and wall
The most popular places to build a poster wall are the kitchen and the living room , but also corridors and staircases are popular places to build a poster wall.
You can choose to build your poster wall in a room that you often stay in, or “beautify” a hallway area so that it is not just a walk-through in your house or apartment.
Once you have chosen an empty wall in a room to build your poster wall on, it is important that you include the wall as part of your poster wall.
The space and wall color should compliment the posters in your poster wall. It makes the expression more exciting and effective – and it brings the poster wall together into a “delimited whole”.
You have to make up your mind if you want to build your poster wall and choose pictures based on the room and the wall color, or whether you need to paint your wall in a new color or change your furniture, lamps, wall shelves and other interior if you already have some posters and a poster wall in mind that the room should fit.
2. Location of the posters
Before you start building your image wall, decide if you want to start from the center (creating a random look) and expand or if you can start from the corners and build inwards (creates a tight / firm look). In a bedroom, you typically want a calm atmosphere, so here you can use symmetry to create calm by starting from the corners and building inwards.
3. Distance between images
The distance between the images in your image wall should be roughly the same. In addition, it is important that the picture wall has a distance to the floor / furniture and ceiling.
4. Composition and colors
Basically, it’s good to mix pictures with different colors and do not put pictures in the same color shades next to each other.
It is important to work with contrast and similarity. Either you can choose to let, for example, a bluish tone be repeated in images or contrasting colors – such as blue and pink – where each image has its own color and they thus complement each other.
The red thread is absolutely essential in a picture wall if it is not to appear cluttered and random. And it can be many other things than the color choice such as images with nature motifs.
It is always a good idea to find a hue that is represented on several of the images, but it can also be something about the motifs that recur. For example, a picture with a tree and two other posters, where branches and / or flowers are included in the motifs. It can create coherence that the eye links the two things. ”
A good idea is to look at the composition of the image. If you have two different images that have the main emphasis of the subject on the left and right side of the poster, respectively, it is best to place them so that there is air between the subjects – so that the poster with the subject on the left side is placed on the left and the poster with the subject on the right is placed on the right. It creates air between the subject and is pleasing to the eye.
5. Poster frames
In addition to the color choice of the motifs, the frames also have a lot to say on a picture wall. If the picture wall is in focus in your room, you can choose different materials and colors for the frames – if there is room in the room, you can go for the same color and type of material for all the frames.
If you want peace, go for one or two types of frames in the same colors and thicknesses. If you are into the creative look, all frames can easily be different in both expression and color.
If you are into a tactile expression that really stimulates all the senses, then make your picture or poster wall three-dimensional by mixing the frames with other types of works of art. It can be, for example, a ceramic plate, a wall-mounted candlestick or, as here, abstract art in various forms that softens the square expression.
A good tip is to use a poster list to give a “lightness” and distraction to your image wall.
Easy change frame for standard sizes
“Easy change frames” are frames that are mass-produced and therefore the price is low. However, easy change frames are only available for standard size posters. They are available in both high and low quality. Inserting poster into a easy change frame is very easy, and can be done by anyone.
Easy change frames quality
Quality and price are often related when buying easy change frames. As a general rule, you can often find the frames in either solid wood or with foil. Frames with foil are cheaper.
Solid Wood frames are cut directly from the type of wood (eg Oak).
Frames with Oak Foil are made of pine wood and coated with a foil to make it look like eg Oak or Walnut.
Basically, the untrained eye can not see the difference between the two types from a distance, but you can feel the difference – the foil is smooth as opposed to the “raw solid wood”. Solid wood is also more often a bit darker in appearance and has several beauty flaws which you can either love or not.
The big difference is the price. Pine frames with foil are cheaper to produce and therefore cost less.
Glass quality in easy change frames
Real (genuine) glass is the standard in quality framing, but acrylic (also known as plexi-glass) glass is becoming increasingly popular because it can be easily shipped when you shop at webshops. Acrylic glass is often the only thing you can buy when shopping frames online. Physical stores often offer real glass. Although real glass is preferable, it is not necessarily more expensive.
Unconventional size frames (where you can not find easy change frames)
It can get expensive to go your a glazier or frame shop and get custom made frames for posters with odd sizes and easy change frames does not fit. It often costs more than 150€ per. poster to make a custom frame and there often is a long wait.
Therefore, most people only get custom frames if the poster has an atypical size and does not fit an easy change frame. For example, it may be an older poster or purchased somewhere in the world where they have different standard sizes than where you live.
6. Image sizes
If you want to build a large poster wall, use posters of different sizes as much as possible. A rule of thumb for creating a beautiful and dynamic poster wall is that you mix the very common sizes such as A3 (29.7×42 cm.) and 50×70 with eg square posters. For very large picture walls, you can also use very large size posters such as 70×100 centimeters.
7. Use other than posters
Complement your poster wall with more than just posters – so it doesn’t all turn into motifs and frames.
For example, hang a green plant, a teak shelf or a tapestry on your wall and create distraction.
Other ideas for making dynamic distractions are ceramic wall hangings and wall lamps.
8. Price and quality
The price of a poster wall of course depends on the number of posters in the poster wall and also the quality, the artist and the exclusivity of the pictures.
Pictures are available in all prices from DKK 50 and up to several thousand kroner.
If an image is original, limited edition or printed in high quality, it obviously costs more than at poster stores that print copies of well-known motifs in poor quality.
We do not recommend that you buy many pictures in fun webshops that sell well-known motifs such as Matisse very cheaply. This is often because they change the motif or text on a known image to avoid copyright law in order to mass-produce a motif in poor print quality. They do not think of art but of profit.
In addition, the price of the picture wall also depends on the frame. Frames can often be more expensive than the pictures because they are difficult to produce and transport, especially if your pictures are not in standard sizes and you can therefore not use switch frames.
Now you are all set to build your new poster wall!
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