Interiors influencer and stylist Sara Austin shares her tips on how to create a perfect feature wall..
With over 15 years based in London as a designer and stylist in the fashion industry, Sara recently returned to Northern Ireland to renovate their period home. A passion for design has moved away from pretty dresses and sharp tailoring and evolved into life as an interior stylist and influencer. When posting her renovation experience on Instagram @six_by_the_sea, Sara is often asked for styling advice and one of the most common interior questions relates to artwork – how to choose it, frame it, hang it and create a feature wall.
An introduction to gallery wall:
As a self-confessed art lover, Sara finds that art brings immediate personality and individuality to a room. No two feature walls are ever the same. Curating a personalised gallery is a fantastic way to use the walls of your home to tell your story. If you have a dull, blank corner, a feature wall will bring colour and drama abounds. Whatever your passion, whether vintage still life paintings, iconic black and white photography, dramatic neon signs, or even your children’s exuberant nursery drawings, all can be carefully arranged to bring character and individuality to your space.
Choose and curate your art:
When looking for a vintage individual style, charity shops and online auctions are amazing. Places to look include Laganside Auctions (lagansideauctions.co.uk) and North Coast Auction Rooms (northcoastauctionrooms.com). When shopping vintage always keeps an open mind. Someone else’s junk could very well be your much sought-after treasure. Online, iamfy.co is also a good place to look, offering reasonably priced ready-framed prints, taking the hassle out of mounting your own artistic choices. A favourite in our own home is the timeless archival prints lovingly curated by The Print Sisters Archive. These beautiful vintage textile prints have been restored and hand created by sister duo Alexia and Claudia. From May you can choose from their range of exclusive prints @REfound, On the Square Emporium, Belfast. Of course, there is no need to limit your feature wall to artwork alone. Let your creativity flow and include typography, wall sconces, and even mirrors. Vintage plates look fabulous collated in a kitchen, whilst pressed flowers in glass frames add femininity to a utilitarian space like a utility room. Whatever you choose, buy the ones that make your heart sing, and don’t settle for something that ‘just goes,’ or the latest must-have item. Over time we have found that the pieces we had an instant connection with are those that have endured every house move, and still hang in pride of place.