Stylist women with a passion for prints, Lisa Dawson and Alix Walker share their tips on how to buy affordable prints for your home.
Prints are everywhere. No, not in fashion – although that’s one trend which isn’t going away – but in our homes.
The art print trend has been growing over the past few years as we hunt for ways to make our homes as original as we are. In the Noughties, it was all about the statement wall, one stretch of brightly coloured flocked wallpaper singing boldly in an otherwise neutral room. Today, the statement is made in the art prints that decorate our ‘Skimming Stone’ or ‘Chamomile’ walls.
Whether you opt for a scattering of Scandinavian prints, keeping the lines clean and the colours minimal or go for big and bolshy with one statement print taking up half of your wall – art has the miraculous ability to make your home feel unique.
But if you’re unsure of where to get your hands on some pieces that won’t break the bank, don’t worry, we’ve got you.
Here we speak to print-obsessives who know a thing or two about putting together an eye-catching picture wall, and mine them for tips on the best places and the coolest artists to check out.
Lisa Dawson, award-winning interiors blogger
Lisa Dawson is an interiors obsessive who has a built a 132,000 Instagram following and a successful blog lisadawsonstyling.com. Prints just happen to be her favourite topic with posts on her gallery walls garnering hundreds of comments from her loyal followers. She lives in York with her husband and three children.
“I love prints. My only rule when buying them is to simply look for prints that I love. I probably have 60 prints on the stairs alone. I have everything from limited-edition prints which were a really special investment to £5 charity shop buys. The cost doesn’t matter, it’s all about whether they appeal to me and whether I love them.
“I’m a big fan of typographic prints, urban art, vintage florals and French vintage style. I love the juxtaposition of them next to each other
“Typographic prints aren’t going anywhere. I do think people are looking for something different, investing in limited-editions which gives you something very individual rather than buying from big companies. We’re trying to be more sustainable, too, which obviously means investing in something with value rather than just buying lots.”
“I love gallery walls and have a huge one on my stairs. When I’m creating one, I’ll collect prints over a couple of months and then get them framed – I usually go for really cheap frames from The Range or diy.com but if it’s for something more special I’ll use frames.co.uk. I’ll mix up the frames and go for black, white, gold, wood and sometimes no frame, just glass. I’ll lay a rug on the floor and then starting at the top left I’ll work my way in until I’ve created a layout that I’m really happy with.
“When you’re approaching the selection, I always say to just forget about the rules. You should never be scared to juxtapose different styles with each other; modern will always look better juxtaposed with something completely different, for example. Try not to be influenced by what other people have – very difficult in this Instagram age – and go with your gut.”
Lisa’s favourite art prints
'Hamartia' by Benjamin Murphy
“I really love Benjamin Murphy. He uses lightboxes that he makes out of gaffer tape to make his prints. The print of his I own is actually from The Art of Protest Gallery in York.”
South Uist Cottage by Ron Lawson
“I have always loved kingandmcgaw.com for new prints. They have an ever-changing list and always keep up with new trends so I’ll always find something to buy from there”
'Cabbages' Wall Chart by Ernst Benary
“I recently renovated my living room with a Seventies theme and surfaceview.co.uk have this massive selection of prints which is brilliant if you’re looking for something specific to fit into a scheme.”
Surfaceview.co.uk, from £140
'The Flowers Whirl Away" By Andrew J Millar
“I love small galleries which do small limited-edition print runs of under 100 so that you can get something really different. Galleries like nellyduff.com do things like 50 artists for £50 a print which is always really exciting as you never know what’s going to happen with that artist.”
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc by Slim Aarons
“Slim Aarons is a Sixties photographer who took real classics like this shot of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France. My husband bought this for me and it never fails to make me smile when I look at it.”
Alix Walker, Stylist’s Editor-at-Large
Alix Walker is Stylist’s Editor-At-Large and has been with the brand since it launched almost 10 years ago. Alongside writing many of the cover stories, she curates the weekly Style List and is privy to interiors trends and new designers. She’s also an interiors obsessive!
“I live in an extremely white house. I think because my job is so creative and I spend so much of the day looking at images, designs, fashion shoots etc, I wanted my home to feel really peaceful when we moved in three years ago. But over the last year I’ve started to crave colour again so I’ve been introducing more and more prints and am just about to embark on a gallery wall in my kitchen.
“I initially found buying prints really intimidating. I’d get stuck down an Instagram-rabbit hole looking at endless pictures of stylish homes and come out of it with no clue what I actually like. I also see all the latest print trends thanks to my job - which is amazing! - but it can make you feel like you should always follow the trends which isn’t necessarily true. In the end, I’ve learned to zone out what’s cool, and just go for what I really love which is bright colours, happy images and a lot of pink (!) mixed with quite architectural styles.”
Alix’s favourite art prints
'Colors of Morocco' by Beli
“I’m mainly drawn to colours and I love the warmth of the pinks in this print. Architectural prints are a big trend too and I have a lot of similar prints in my house. I think society6.com is brilliant - they do really affordable art, as well as posters, which I love.”
East End Prints Visit Cote D'Azur
“Art, to me, should make you happy. My sister got married in the south of France last year and this bright and joyful print takes me back there.”
'Plunge' by Anna Marrow
“I have this above my fireplace and it makes me smile every time I look at it. I actually saw this print in someone’s house in Living etc and then tracked the artist down through Instagram. My husband bought it for me for Christmas last year.”
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