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July 1, 2024

How to Create a Gallery Wall: A Step-by-Step Guide

A gallery wall showcases a collection of your favorite things, from framed artwork to small decorative objects, tied together by a unifying element like a color scheme, theme, or style.

A gallery wall is typically carefully planned, whether symmetrical for a balanced feel or asymmetrical for a more casual vibe. The beauty lies in the personalization. First things first… consider a high-traffic area where visitors can admire it. Think of the living room, hallway, guest room, or maybe above the stairs. These are places where people will see your unique gallery wall! Make sure the wall is big enough for your vision. You don’t want your artwork to feel cramped or lost in a sea of emptiness.

Next, you’ll have to determine what vibe you’re hoping to achieve. Here are some ideas to spark your imagination:

  • Color Splash: Pick a color palette that speaks to you and stick to it. This will tie everything together beautifully.
  • Mixing and Matching: Do you love modern art or vintage finds? Why not both? Play with different styles to create a unique look. Mix and match your art’s sizes with large and small frames, etc.
  • Themed Treasure Trove: Showcase your passion for photography, travel memories, or anything else that makes your heart sing.

Once you’ve developed an idea for your gallery wall, it's time to raid your stash (or hit the thrift stores!). Here are some things you can include:

  • Framed Art: Paintings, drawings, or cool prints you love.
  • Photos: Show off your photography skills or those cherished family moments.
  • Mementos: Postcards, letters, or any little knick-knacks that bring a smile to your face.

Before drilling any holes, take a step back and plan your masterpiece! Lay everything out on the floor in front of your chosen wall. This lets you see how the pieces will work together and make adjustments. Play with paper templates for each piece, taping them on the wall to visualize the arrangement. Will you choose a symmetrical, balanced look or a more free-flowing, eclectic vibe?

Next, consider the frames. They can truly elevate your gallery wall. For a cohesive look, you can use similar frames throughout. Are you feeling bolder? Mix and match different styles for an eclectic vibe. When it comes to color coordination, you can match the frame colors to your overall scheme or use contrasting colors to make a statement with a particular piece.

Now that you’ve planned and prepped, it’s time to hang your artwork! Start with your main showstopper in the center and build the arrangement outwards. This will ensure everything stays balanced. Also, keep these points in mind:

  • No crooked art is allowed! Use a level to ensure each piece hangs straight. Remember to leave consistent space between pieces, typically 2-3 inches, for a visually pleasing layout. 
  • Safety first! Use the appropriate hardware for the weight and type of each piece to ensure everything stays securely in place.

Strategic lighting can enhance your gallery wall, making it a focal point. Consider picture lights for focused illumination, track lighting for adjustable options, or strategically placed floor lamps for a softer touch. The proper lighting will highlight the details of your pieces and create a warm ambiance for appreciating them.

You can add small decorative elements to enhance your gallery wall's appeal. These can be plants with interesting textures, vases in complementary colors, or sculptures that echo elements in your artwork. These finishing touches will add depth and personality to create a cohesive and dynamic display!

There you have it! A gallery wall that tells your story and reflects your unique style. So, grab your treasures, unleash your creativity, and get ready to transform your space! Happy decorating!

Kelly & Megan
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