If you’re like most people, you’ve heard that a gallery wall can transform an ordinary, otherwise-boring room into a spectacularly dazzling showplace.
That’s absolutely true.
But if you’re like most people, you’re not exactly sure what a gallery wall is—let alone how to create one.
What is a Gallery Wall?
A gallery wall is a display of everything that’s most important to you. Family portraits, letters, art… you name it, and it can be part of your gallery wall.
The key is to make your gallery wall expressive. You can mix paintings and photos, color and black-and-white, and even shapes to create a fabulous reflection of what you love. You can also ensure that all your art works together by ensuring each piece has something in common with the others, whether it’s a color, a visual theme or even a genre.
Planning Makes a Great Gallery Wall
Before you get too excited and start nailing holes in your walls, make sure you have a plan. Without one, you risk crooked frames, unbalanced design, or a sloppy, unprofessional look.
Stand in front of the wall you intend to use and place your frames on the ground. Place your largest pieces first; a combination of sizes will work best if you use the big ones as anchors. Test out several layouts so you can find one you adore.
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Once you’ve chosen your layout, gather:
- Photo hanging kits for large pieces
- Tape measure
- Pencil and eraser (or a piece of chalk)
- Blue painter’s tape
Snap a photo of your layout and write down the dimensions you’ve chosen for spacing. It’s always helpful to have a visual guide on-hand when you’re transferring the gallery from the floor to the wall!
Hang the largest piece first, and if possible, make sure it’s slightly off-center. That way, it won’t steal the show; it’ll complement the other pieces in your gallery. If you don’t have one piece that’s significantly larger than the others, pick a pair and put them together.
Need Professional Help?
While creating a gallery wall is a fun—and rewarding—experience, it’s not quick and easy like many people expect that it will be. If you find that you need a little nudge in the right direction, visit our showroom , fill out the form below or schedule a consultation with a professional designer now. You can also check out our Instagram feed and our Facebook page for a little extra inspiration!