Ever since I began dreaming about decorating my own space I have been fixated on the idea of curating the perfect picture wall. Isn’t it the ultimate confirmation of a magazine-spread home? The above image is picture perfect from the January issue of Elle Decoration UK.
Technically I’m torn between the notion of a curated wall looking too contrived and it looking visually striking. The visually striking part wins out I guess.
Curating a wall is a daunting task until you break it down into what is worrisome about the process. The scary parts are  making all the many pieces work together and  the pressure of putting all those nails in your wall and potentially getting it wrong!
I found two simple generally agreed upon tips that calmed my fears and have got me raring to go:
 Pick A Unifying Element. Whether it’s subject matter, colour palette, similar coloured frames or similar coloured mountings it’s important that at least 80% of the items you pick stick to the theme. If the rest fall outside the theme it still works and adds interest. The most natural way to curate a wall is to slowly collect the pieces you like and let your taste guide the aesthetic organically. My small collection falls into the inky blues, greys and sepia tones [with maybe a little coral thrown in].
 The Brown Paper Method. This is a game changing trick I came across in my research… Roll out a large sheet of brown paper on a large floor area and arrange your frames upon them – once you are happy trace around the frames. Pin the paper to your chosen wall with masking tape and mark where the nails will go – then breathe a sigh of relief!
Here are some of my picture wall inspirations from my Pinterest Boards. Follow me on Pinterest here.
Have a great weekend everyone. I’m planning on getting all my pictures out, assessing them… then putting them away for a little bit longer : )
Has anyone else fared well with a picture wall? Tips gratefully received!
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org