One thing I knew I wanted to do in our living room (I think before we had even moved in) was to create a stylish focal point using gallery shelves and framed prints.
Ever since discovering gallery shelves on Pinterest (the source of many of my ideas) I got a little bit obsessed with them and am not ashamed to admit that I have totally jumped onto this trend bandwagon. I think they look stunning, eye catching and sleek. I have seen people style them up in so many ways whether it is one long shelf positioned low and housing giant eye catching prints that take up the whole wall or a simple shelf housing family photos side by side. Some people add a few ornaments too.
I am sure I will play around with my arrangement and maybe even change some prints over time (I like the idea of a cluster of different sized prints) but for now I am very happy with how my gallery shelves look.
Top Shelf (L-R)
-We have a simple quote 'Be your own kind of beautiful' which I just love and totally believe everyone should be.
-Next is a simple Nordic Leaf Print to go with the 'urban jungle' themed living room.
-After that I have a black and white print with the definition of family.
-Lastly a 'London' print because London is close to our hearts having always been on our doorstep in Essex and with it also being the city we got engaged in.
-'Marilyn Monroe' black and white photograph, anyone who knows me will know I love love LOVE this woman. Both the Hollywood persona and the intelligent, shrewd and witty woman behind the image. I have read countless books on her and this is one of my favourite photos of her so it had be involved.
-Another quote (which sadly because of the foil print doesn't show up too well) 'Make Yourself At Home' I loved this because I love having people over and spoiling them. I truly want people to feel at home in this house so what better way to say it than a framed print?
-Lastly (but not least) is my Nordic blue stag print. I love the nordic themed prints and this one caught my eye so I had to have it!
All of these prints were from eBay and really didn't cost a lot. The maximum one cost me was about £4.95 and they are 10 x 8 in size (aside from the two smaller ones which are 5 x 7). The frames were from Tesco, the larger ones were £7 each and the smaller ones were around £3. The shelves themselves were £8 each from Ikea so the whole thing from start to finish really didn't cost a lot.
Just under £50.
I know I could have spent more but we weren't in a position to when we first moved in and I wanted to get under way with decorating and making our house home. I don't think the style has been compromised though in all honesty.
What do think of these shelves and the prints I have chosen?