A gallery wall is a great way to display your photographs, artwork, your personality and make a statement. The one problem most people face when they want to create one is that they have no idea where to start. Let’s take a step back, take a breath and follow these steps to see that it really isn’t as hard as it seems. Here are some great ways to get the gallery wall going in your home.
This is the fun part! Start collecting the works you like. This can include photographs you’ve taken, photos you think are beautiful, artwork you’ve collected, handmade prints, and more. Try to think of different sizes and see how they might fit. Take a look at how cafes, restaurants and other spaces shape the walls of the gallery and get inspired by what you like. You can also find inspiration online.
Choose a topic
Once you have a large enough collection to work with, pick the ones you like best and start thinking about a theme that can unify them. It can be a topical topic such as family, events, or themes of color, texture, and patterns. You can coordinate it with the rest of the room to really tie things together.
Think about the numbers
Now it’s time to take a look at all your pieces and decide if you want an even or odd amount of pieces. You can go for even if you like symmetry, or go for an odd amount for more random style gallery walls. It all depends on you! Measure the wall space and figure out how your collection can fit in the space. Now is the time to make adjustments to placements.
Once you’ve figured out your design, you can start framing your pieces. Now there is another design option in play. Do you want your frames to match the theme or just blend in with the background? Do you want them all to be uniform or do you prefer them all to be different? Do you want neutral or patterned frames that make a statement? You can also choose frames of the same color but different styles.
Upload the design
Now it’s time to finalize the design and start uploading. Make sure you have the right tools: a hammer, nails, hooks, tape measure and maybe even a pencil to mark things off. Make light marks on the wall to help guide you and make sure you measure accurately before drilling and making holes in the wall. You can use a level to make sure everything is straight and evenly spaced. Now you can enjoy your beautiful gallery wall.