The Emily Henderson Way To Arrange Two Stunning Gallery Walls
Emily Henderson never ceases to amaze us with her styling skills. So when we caught wind of her latest collaboration with affordable custom framing service and mobile app, Framebridge, and perennial MyDomaine favorite, Etsy, our interest was piqued. The collaboration challenged Henderson to create two different gallery walls—one sunny and upbeat, the other sophisticated and moody—using original Etsy artwork and Framebridge's array of frames, and the results are, to absolutely no one's surprise, beyond lovely. To learn how Henderson creates her expert gallery walls and to shop all of the pieces, scroll now.
MYDOMAINE: What’s the best way to get started shopping for art, even if you're not quite sure of your style?
EMILY HENDERSON: Since art can be a tricky thing to buy (expensive and so personal), this is where I’d really say try to home in on what you like before you start buying. Are you more into abstract painting? Vintage geometric? Fine art photography? Head to Pinterest and start pinning what you like. Then look at all of your pins and see what they have in common—is it a color palette, a style, or a medium? Then start shopping. Shopping blind can be a very expensive endeavor!
MD: How do you decide which art and frames you pair together for a cohesive and collected look?
EH: We frame first for the art, not the home, but we always consider the collection together and make sure that there isn’t all of a sudden a random bright blue frame in there. Generally we keep the frames simple so that the art pops and the collection is distracted by one million frames. If there is some black in the piece then I might go for a darker frame, but if the whole piece is colorful and airy then sticking to a lighter frame is always a good idea.
MD: What about shopping for vintage artwork—do you have any pointers?
EH: When it comes to vintage, make sure that you would like the piece even if it were done by an artist in 2015. Sometimes I think that people get caught up in the love of vintage without thinking about whether or not they actually like that piece. So, make sure that you either love the art, the colors, or both, because if it's both really retro (like a brown and orange mushroom print from the 50’s) then it’s never going to look modern and fresh in your house. Use the frame to help modernize the pieces (I like simple white, natural wood, or black), or go for a vintagey gold or black bamboo if you want the frame to match the era. It really depends on the piece, but I’ve never regretted a simple frame - I’ve ONLY regretted going too ornate and having the frame overwhelm the piece.