Happy FriYAY everyone! I hope that you all have been having the most wonderful week. So this gallery wall post has been a long time coming. I have two gallery walls in my condo, one in my bedroom and the other in the living room. If it weren’t for my best friend reigning me in, I would have a gallery wall in every room of my home! I have always loved art and visiting museums, and I think that a gallery wall gives you your very own mini museum. And it can be completely customized to your taste, both in the layout and art itself. I definitely have décor ADD. I am always wanting to move around furniture and art. And a gallery wall allows me to easily (and less expensively) change my artwork. If you’ve always wanted a gallery wall in your home, well then you’re in luck! Here’s how to create a gallery wall in 4 steps:
1. Develop your concept: This includes deciding the general size and shape of your gallery wall space, choosing a color scheme, and thinking about placement. What fits the space that you have in mind – rectangular, square, or perhaps another shape? Do you want neutral colors or bright ones to match or stand out from your existing décor? Are you going for more symmetrical or free flowing?
2. Choose your art and frames: This part can be a little tough because sometimes you have to start experimenting before you know exactly what’s going to fit in your space. Start by gathering a variety of frames that you think will fill the space, along with your favorite art. You may need to buy additional pieces later, as you know what is needed. For example, with the gallery wall in my living room, after laying out my existing options, I had to buy a couple smaller pieces to fill in the gaps. My art is primarily from Evelyn Henson, Me & My Big Ideas, and of course good ol’ Home Goods. Other great places for art are Etsy, Target, and Marshall’s. There are even free printables available online. Hello Pinterest!
3. Lay it all out: As I mentioned, this step may begin in conjunction with step 2. If you are wanting a more structured look, it is very helpful to lay four little pieces of painter’s tape on the floor to give yourself a general outline of the size of your gallery wall. And then this is the fun part! Start playing around with your different pieces of artwork and find a layout that you love. There are also a lot of ideas on Pinterest to get you going.
4. Hang your art: Once you have your artwork laid out, the hanging part should be fairly simple…well, in theory. It can be a little tricky to get the frames even, but this gets better with practice and it’s all part of the experience, right? If you are looking for that less structured look, then you could be really bold and just go for it, skipping step 3. Start hanging your art and you can just add as you go. With this approach, having each photo frame share at least one line with another frame still makes the placement look deliberate. You’ll notice this in the gallery wall above my couch, which is a little less structured, but everything is even with at least one other piece of artwork, sharing either a vertical or horizontal line. Hope this is helpful!
What other tips do you all have to create a gallery wall?