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Choosing & Framing Prints.

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I’m a big fan of artwork hanging in my home – Β back when I was renting, it was one of the only ways I could make my apartment look and feel like home. Even now, I find that artwork adds so much personality to a room, so frames line the walls… and just about every surface too!

I get a lot of questions about the art in our home, so I’ve put together a quick guide on how to choose prints, where to buy them, and how to get them framed…

Choosing Prints
I love prints that add colour or character, and I tend to go for art that means something to me. Maps of places I love, music posters and inspiring quotes all feature prominently in our flat as they channel our personalities. I’m usually drawn to interesting and unique (but totally Pinterest-worthy!) prints.
Typography never gets boring, and I find quotes are pretty versatile (and androgynous!) and work great in just about every room. Go for a monochrome colour scheme or opt for gold foil – you can’t go wrong with a gold foil quote print.
Cute patterns also work – I love designs that fill the whole frame, like leaves or polka dots or herringbone. Again, this is a great way to inject colour so be bold!

Where To Shop
I have so many favourite artists that I filled a whole shop with cute prints! I have a lot of Cat Coq and Rifle Paper Co. prints as they’re lovely and bright. I like a mix of florals and typography and they offer a good combination of both.
Of course, Etsy is the one for finding prints – I found a lot of my favourites just by searching ‘gold foil print’ and scrolling on through. This is where I found my Meowie Bowie print, and Old English Company do the awesome New York map.
I also recommend Society6, if you can bear to find frames for the awkward US sizing (and then there’s the custom charges – eep!).

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FramingΒ 
I know a lot of people find choosing frames difficult, but I always keep it easy and opt for black or white. It’s simple and it doesn’t draw the eye away from the artwork itself. On a rare occasion, I’ll pick up something ornate and gold, but usually I keep it monochrome.
I tend to choose black more often, as I find the contrast usually works better. White frames work on colourful prints and with gold foil, but it’s usually just trial and error. Try both and see what you like best.

For A4 prints and smaller, I head to Asda as they have a great range of black, white or gold frames for a couple of pounds. I find their simple designs are way neater than the likes of IKEA, but it’s all down to personal preference.
For larger sizes, I usually look to Amazon – again, black and white always!

When I do order from Society6, I have to get frames custom made as I can never find the right sizes here in the UK. It’s annoying, but worth it!
I use FramesRUs, they’re not too expensive and you can put in the exact measurements from the Society6 site. I tend to trim off the white border from the print too, so I’m left with a neater finish, so I usually measure the prints first before I order the frames to make sure.

Displaying
As for displaying my favourite art, I tend to lean prints on cabinets, mantlepieces and even line them up along the floor. While I do have a few prints hanging on the walls, I don’t always feel like I can commit to hanging up a print. I’m quite fickle, you see.
For smaller prints, I quite like using washi tape to display them – it’s a lot less work than framing and hanging!

Of course, gallery walls are always a good idea. We have a huge one in our hallway and I just love it. It took a bit of work, but it’s mesmerising in person!

I’m all about walls and floors lined with prints! Are you a fan of artwork in your home?

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  • The Cat Bowie frame! So much Yes!

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  • emily couture

    Such a helpful guide! Love your taste in art πŸ™‚

    emily xx

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  • Breanne Alder

    I love art! I’ve recently gone a bit crazy and hung up 6 or 7 framed pieces! x

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  • missgetaway

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve always wondered where to get fancy and pretty prints from.

    Love, Kerstin
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  • I totally agree with you on Society6, their prints are AMAZING but the US measurements are such a bummer when it comes to framing.

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • You have so many great prints in your house! X
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  • Easy really has some great prints, I can spend hours just browsing through them πŸ™‚
    And I have decided that if I have to move this year I will treat myself to a new print, probably from Old English Company as I have already seen some I really like!
    You can’t go wrong with prints I feel, and they are so easy to combine with other prints or switch around πŸ™‚
    Jenny xxx

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  • Becca

    I would have prints in every room if I could. Sadly I’m renting so we’re pretty limited as to how many we can hang up. I’ll just have to find alternative ways to display them! Thanks for sharing xx

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  • Thanks for the tips! Typography is one of my favourite things to frame!

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  • I do like artwork in my home and have a lot of my own pieces that I’ve put together over the years to make it unique x

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  • Such a great post Kate!
    We’ve just moved into our first flat together, and whilst I have some art prints/paintings I’ve been gifted by my art-collecting parents/family, it’s not enough to fill an entire space. I’ll be checking all of those out ASAP.

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  • Love this post! I’ve been looking for new prints for my bedroom lately and definitely agree Etsy is the one!

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  • I am a typography fan and i think its time to put some prints on my wall!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Sanja

    Totally helpful and inspiring post, love that kind of pictures hanging on the wall!
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  • Love this post, reallly want to get some prints this weekend!

    Sophie x

  • Maggie

    These are great tips! I always end up going to a professional to get things framed.

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  • Wellwell Girl

    why are your blogposts always so amazing love you x
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  • Erika Scott

    Most Society 6 prints aren’t even in standard US measurements and it’s so frustrating. They are usually a couple inches off here and there from the frame sizes we have, I think so you will be more likely to have it framed by them. I recently bought a large 17×22 print and am struggling to find an affordable frame. They have so many great prints though!

  • These were lovely tips and I just love the gold foil and it looks so pretty all together.

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  • Debi Heys

    I’ve always wondered where to start with a frame wall – so gorgeous. As I’ve said numerous times before, book marking this for redecorating time. House goals on sooo many levels, I’m obsessed!
    Debi x
    http://gingey-snaps.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love Etsy for prints and almost all of mine are from there (though SS Print Shop is brilliant too). And I still have a gallery wall living on my bedroom floor that I really need to hang, commitment issues too I guess πŸ˜€ xx

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  • Prints can really help personalize a home – I’m at uni and so I can’t really decorate my flat – but I love to personalize it with some pretty prints! I love using etsy for them πŸ™‚
    – Ambar x
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  • Meiowie Bowie print is amazing!! πŸ™‚

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  • I definitely need to get some artwork – I rent so never thought I could display frames but I should definitely get a stand, fab idea!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • I love this post! As always, your pictures are absolutely stunning!
    I agree with everything you’ve just said! Arts make me feel like home πŸ™‚ My home would not be the same without my art prints! x

    Serena

  • Me

    Love the David Bowie Cat! I want to get some prints.

    Meme xx

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  • Every photo you post of your house make me want to hire you as my interior designer

    Lauren x | http://www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  • Anna

    Great post and I love your art prints! Also, that fireplace is amazing.
    I have a shop on society6, if you want to check it out https://society6.com/sierraf31?curator=sierraf31 Thank you so much! πŸ™‚
    XO
    Anna From Italy

  • The Sunday Mode

    This was really helpful. I love the idea of having prints in my study and bedroom but I never really know where to start. It seems like such a costly process as well.

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  • Your interior is seriously #goals <3 Hahaha I love everything about your living space, and these print artwork displays are simple, minimalistic, but so chic at the same time πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing all of these great tips!

    XO, Elizabeth
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  • I always love framed prints like these when I see them on someone else’s wall but I don’t have any (yet) myself!

  • Give me alllll the prints!! Especially the Bowie cat one πŸ˜‰

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  • This is actually so on time as I just moved and am in search of cool prints! Thanks for the tips<3

    X, Daria

    http://rebeldescent.blogspot.com

  • This are some amazing prints! Literally you are the queen of decoration haha πŸ™‚

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  • Lately I’ve been so into hanging art around my home! Great advice! :)!!!

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  • Johanna and Aria

    I’ve been thinking about re-decorating my room, so this advice is definitely useful! As an art lover myself, I love your taste in prints. Very inspiring. Since etsy is basically my second home, I’ll surely add some of your stunning prints to my online shopping list. xx

    thetearoomsblog.wordpress.com

  • I always am in envy of your prints! I would love to get some from Society 6 but can never justify the customs charges. I love your shop though as you always have some amazing ones I can never find anywhere else! Do you know when the Nouvelle shop will be reopening?

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  • Love you choices they’re all so cute. Another good place for frames is The Range although I’m not too sure how many stores they have.

    Tasha x sincereblonde.com

  • tiffanytales

    I have just bought some prints from Rifle Paper and I am struggling to find the perfect frame, this post is great timing!

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  • lucy prosser

    I love this πŸ™‚ I’m trying to buy more prints for my flat at the moment so thank you for sharing these!
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • bettycorn

    Thank you for the helpful entry!! Will defo look into FrameRus! Have two nice Yellena James prints that need framing pronto! Love your blog. X Beth x Ps where did you get your single antler horn!? Trying to find fake ones for my wedding decor! Thanks! X

  • Nat

    Ooo I really love this post, as I need ideas for when I decorate my house! πŸ˜€ I love your home posts so much, keep up the great work. ^_^

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  • I am such an advocate of gallery walls, I have one in my bedroom and it makes me so happy to look at! Definitely agree with just using black or white frames, much cheaper and easier to buy and they don’t detract from the prints.

    Cass | CassandraMyee – NZ Beauty Blogger

  • Jessica Arrowsmith Stanley

    So in love with your taste! Your interior posts give me so much inspiration! I have a custom made drawing shop where you can pick the quote, colours or illustration and I’ll design it for you! If you fancy having a mooch my shop is here https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JazzStanArtworks?ref=hdr_shop_menu If you’d like anything give me a shout on etsy as I’d love to see my work in your gorgeous home. Thanks Kate xo

  • Brianna

    I remember from one of your videos that in your bedroom you have black prints with some gold foil. Where are those from?? I love the style. Im looking for a set of leaf prints but am not getting very lucky