One thing I’m not short of is wall space, but the majority is screaming out for some kind of “clothing” Admittedly, we’ve been a bit lazy when it comes to adding the finishing touches that make a house a home.
I love the look of a gallery style wall and Desenio was my first choice, perhaps because they are all over Instagram (much like me) and kept popping up on my feed with inspirational ideas. They have so many gorgeous prints to choose from, in any manner of style and colour, there’s literally something for everyone.
When Desenio’s “buy more, save more” offer came up, I couldn’t resist.
For someone who is useless with decisions, picking out the prints wasn’t going to be easy and admittedly, did take a little longer than I’d anticipated. Our lounge is a large room and has floor to ceiling windows one end so there’s plenty of light allowing for a sultry choice of print, which is what I wanted. One in particular which, if you know of Desenio you’ll have seen for sure – The Girl At The Window, it absolutely looks like my daughter as more often than not she’s donning a messy bun and is around the same age. Immediately drawn to the image, it was an obvious choice, (and the easiest) out the lot.
I wanted different dimensions and depths to my prints instead of “flat-looking” images.
Ordering my posters online was relatively simple, there’s a gallery wall simulator where you can choose a template, then add your chosen prints to see how the finished wall would look. The only downside I found was that I couldn’t swap the sizes, add more, remove or rearrange the template which was a little frustrating. However, I’m sure this is something which might be improved going forward and certainly wouldn’t put me off shopping with Desenio in future. In terms of picking the right frame, there are lots of colours to choose from but since my prints are mostly dark, I didn’t want the frames to contrast too much so I chose black picture frames for all. The frames come with Plexiglass as standard which is a flexible, lightweight plastic alternative to glass.
Once ordered, my parcel took around six days to arrive, but saying that, I did order at a particularly busy time in the lead up to Christmas. Usual delivery estimation is three-five days.
The prints arrived in a hard, protective cardboard envelope to protect them from bending during transport.
Straight away I matched the prints up to their respective frames and spent some time marvelling at just how lovely they looked. The Plexiglass comes with a protective film as it’s a little susceptible to scratches or scuffs. You’ll need to peel off the film before placing it carefully into the frame.
The next hurdle is actually getting the prints on to the wall.
If you have someone who could lend a hand, it’s far easier than trying to do it by yourself. However, after three months of pestering my husband (to no avail), I went ahead and did it myself!
Firstly, I Laid the prints out on the floor and arranged them in different layouts as this helps to get an idea of how they will look once in situ on the wall. I took a photo of the prints on the floor so that I could gauge the final design. I spent some time with this, but eventually settled on the layout for my wall.
Desenio appears to have the monopoly when it comes to style, colour and choice. The service was good and the prints are easy to fit with the frames. The backs have several push clips which keep the hardback layer correctly in place which I found simple to use.
I’m currently eyeing up a selection of dark, blue-toned prints for my office so this will no doubt be the first gallery wall of many around my home.
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Desenio currently has an offer running for 25% off posters until the 11/3/2019 so don’t miss out! (Offer valid on posters marked with the special offer icon. Available while stocks last).
Find out what other changes I’m making around my home this spring.
Have you made your house a home? I’d love to know what you think of my gallery wall!