Gallery walls are a great way to showcase your perspective and tell your unique story. Today, I’m sharing 6 simple tips to creating the perfect gallery wall.
We have two gallery walls in our home and I am absolutely in LOVE with them.
Now, I will definitely say that through the 4 years of living in our home my style has definitely evolved. I give credit to hours of scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram.
I often hear many people say that they’ve been planning to do a gallery wall but just haven’t found time to get started. My advice to you is just START! Even if it’s putting one picture frame in the middle of the wall and staring at it for a while, or adding a little each day, just start! You will be happy you did when its completed.
For this particular wall, I already had quite a few frames on the wall but wanted to rearrange things and add more. So instead of taking everything down, I just removed the pieces I knew I didn’t want anymore and then plugged in the spaces with new frames.
I completed this wall while at home on maternity leave with our 3 month old daughter so it took me about a month from start to finish. Mostly, because my top priority is taking care of her. I can honestly say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this wall! It brings me so much joy everyday! It might not be perfect in the design world but it’s perfect to me and that’s all that matters.
6 Simple Tips to Creating The Perfect Gallery Wall
- Pick Your Spot – a large blank space, such as a hallway, above a sofa or mantel, or along a staircase, is best.
- Choose The Style You Like Best –
- Symmetrical– series of several similar prints in identical frames, or a variety of pieces in frames of identical material. These frames are hung evenly, with equal space between them.
- Themed – prints from the same artist, similar types of frames, or art work and decor based around a particular theme such as coastal, herby, farmhouse, country living, etc.
- Eclectic – A variety of framed prints, typographic pieces, maps, clocks, and other items of varied texture, size, and shape. The layout is more freeform with this arrangement, but it’s easiest to start by placing the largest item first, and grouping the smaller items around it. Or you can have all photographs and a variety of different frames with a freeform arrangement. (This is my favorite!)
- Gather Your Frames, Art Work and Other Items you want to add to your wall.
- When buying frames I usually by in 2, 3’s or 4’s depending on how big the wall is. This helps even things out. I also try to find frames that are easy to hang. The ones that require a nail on both sides are very difficult to hang.
- Map Out Your Wall – You can use painters tape, or simply measure your wall and then lay the frames out on the ground accordingly. This allows you to move them around until you get the exact look your going for.
- Hang Everything – When it comes to hanging I just use my fingers and kind of eye ball the space between each frame. I try to keep about an inch or two between each piece.
- Make your Prints – For me it’s easier to find pictures to go in the frames once I have everything mapped out and actually on the wall. You might find this easier to do at the beginning. Do what works for you.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER….
- Make it YOUR OWN, it’s easy to get sucked into the Pinterest scrolling and pinning but at the end of the day do what works best for you and makes you happy. After all, you’re the one thats going to be looking at this wall more than anyone so find “your” perfect!
- Shop your home FIRST. See if you have any frames or art work or pieces lying around the house that you could move into this space. For me I used frames from another wall that I was redoing and used them on this one. (One perk to a eclectic style gallery wall)
- JUST GET STARTED! You don’t have to finish it in a day, but just get started. It took me over a month to complete mine.
Things to know…
- I buy a lot of my frames from IKEA. They have great prices! I also like to buy mine at Michael’s Craft store. They often have really good sales.
- I use two sided sticky dots and put them on the back of the frames. This helps them stay in place and prevents a crooked wall. You can often find them in the scrapbook section at your local craft store.
Are you ready to create your gallery wall? This is the time to showcase your point of view and tell a story unique to you! Have fun with it.