Ever since we moved into our house, I have wanted to do something with our hallway. Ideally, before I actually did anything, I wanted to paint it but we haven’t quite gotten around to that yet. And to be honest, the amount of times I have scuffed the walls with the pram and the washing basket, I am quite glad that we haven’t!
For absolutely ages, the walls of the hallway housed some of Zach’s brightest paintings. With it being quite a long and thin hallway, it felt like there was an awful lot of bare walls and it used to really annoy me – hence the artwork. The problem was that over time, the paintings started looking a bit shoddy, regularly falling down and getting damaged. And so a few weeks ago we decided to take them down. We were back to bare walls and I was desperate for something to go up there. We have loads of photos that we could have used but it always felt like they would get swallowed in the size of the space that was available to us. So ideally, it needed to be something bigger.
I decided to get in touch with Desenio after seeing their gorgeous prints on lots of other bloggers walls, and was super happy when they said yes to working with me. Desenio offers Scandinavia’s widest range of poster art, along with frames, hangers, picture ledges and clips. They have hundreds of posters for sale in a huge array of categories including floral, typography and nature to name but a few.
And so came the time to decide what I wanted – I spent absolutely ages going through their website looking at all of the wonderful prints that are available and it was really hard to decide. Initially I was going to get some bits for our bedroom. I really want a desk up there and I had this idea that I could buy some posters to frame above a desk, but I was worried that the desk wouldn’t happen and so the prints would be a bit useless without the focus point that they were supposed to feature above. And then my mind popped over to our empty hallway walls and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to fill it up with colour.
I was scrolling and scrolling until I came across two prints that I fell in love with immediately – the Mint Door print and the Mint Bike one.
And then I discovered this magic bit of the website that not only gives you suggestions as to what would work alongside it, but lets you put every single one of them into your basket on the click of a button. How cool is that? It totally saved me because I was a bit worried about getting prints that would look good alongside each other down the room, but this way, I knew they would work. So into the basket went all six suggested prints! I ordered them in the 30×40 size and picked a black frame for each of them.
Mint Oyster (left) and Mint Stone (right)
When they arrived, I was so pleased with them. The paper quality is really, really good. Even though the website says they are made of uncoated, premium matt paper (200g) of the highest quality with a luxurious finish – until they are in your hands, you don’t really know what they will be like. All posters (except those measuring 13x18cm and 21x30cm), are rolled and delivered in a cylindrical tube to prevent damage during transport and even the tube made me happy!
The frames are really lovely quality too and each one has a protective sticky sheet on both sides of the shatter-proof Plexiglas, which meant that none of them had any scratches on. I was really impressed with this because so often when you buy frames, they are scratched somewhere on the glass front.
Mint Balloons (left) and Mint Leaf (right)
I immediately put all six of the posters in their frames so that they boys didn’t get their grubby mitts on them, and then the following day we popped them up in the hallway. A few years ago we discovered the adhesive stick on tabs that allow you to hang things up without having to drill holes or pop screws into the wall, and so we used these to put these up. We measured the wall and then divided it into six so that we knew they would be equally placed. It wasn’t the easiest thing to do with two children wanting to help us and see what we were doing but we managed it in the end.
And as soon as they were up I was over the moon with them. I absolutely love them. They have completely transformed the hallway and my next door neighbour has already commented at how lovely they are which really pleased me.
We have decided that we are going to get a black framed mirror for the other side of the wall to finish the hallway off since we already added a lovely coat hook and post/key cupboard just recently.
I did also buy another print from the website that was supposed to go in the boys bedroom. Only Zach had this massive tantrum because he wanted it as part of the ones in the hall, and so he agreed that we could put it on the small wall that houses the light switch as you walk into the hallway from the front room. And actually, it really blimmin works. I didn’t think it would and was a bit mad at the time, but he was so happy with it and now I absolutely love it too.
I am so chuffed that with the help of Desenio, we have completely transformed our hallway. And when we do eventually get around to painting it, we can just take them down and stick them back up again. And because they are velcro sticky things, if I fancy changing the order that I currently have them in, I can do 🙂
The lovely people at Desenio have very kindly offered my readers a fabulous discount.
“The code “mummascribbles” gives 25% off posters* between Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th of April.
*Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frame”.
We were very kindly sent the posters and frames for the purpose of this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.