Summer is the perfect time to refresh some of the spaces in your home!
One of the easiest things to do to fill up a bare wall that’s been giving you the blues is to add a gallery collection!
A gallery wall is a great addition to any space and it is a simple, inexpensive way to add color, texture and personality to your wall display.
Now gallery walls can see pretty intimidating, but today I’m sharing some simple steps on how you can easily bring this feature into your home!
When creating the perfect gallery wall, you must consider the artwork selection, the layout, and the best techniques to easily hang your art pieces.
STEP 1: CHOOSE THE ARTWORK
The first step in the creation of any great gallery wall is to choose the artwork!
How do you choose just the right pieces?
Focus on getting the color palette or theme for your gallery wall down, and you’re well on your way.
Since a gallery is a collection of different art pieces, whether its photography, canvas art or framed reproductions, having a cohesive color scheme AND theme is the key to a harmonious effect!
In the photo above, our client had an extensive collection of original artwork that she had collected from her trips around the world.
How lucky were we that each piece had some reference to the overall color scheme we used when designing her space?!
Below are a couple more examples of gallery walls that illustrate the “similar color and theme” concept:
STEP 2: LAYOUT THE PATTERN
Now that you have an idea of which pieces you’d like to use, the next step is to figure out the right configuration for your art display.
Depending on the pieces you’ve chosen, your selections might naturally lend themselves to a symmetrical layout like this one:
Or, your selections might vary in size and an asymmetrical layout may be more appropriate:
DESIGNER TIP: Lay all the artwork for your gallery wall on the floor and begin to play with the layout.
This will allow you to experiment and get a feel for how the gallery wall will look before you start putting holes in the wall!
Measure the length and height of the wall space you’ll be filling in.
Then, place a roll of craft paper of about the same size on the floor, and then lay your art pieces on top.
Work from the inside out, laying out the center piece first and then working outward clockwise.
The graphic below shows you how to make sure you leave the right amount of space between each art piece:
STEP 3: MAKE PLACEHOLDERS
Here’s where that craft paper comes in handy!
Simply trace around the pieces, remove them, number each placeholder, take a quick photo with your smartphone and then cut out the placeholders to use as your wall templates!
STEP 4: HANG ARTWORK
Using painter’s tape, affix your templates to the wall paying careful attention to the number order if you are doing an asymmetrical layout.
Use a leveler to make sure each template is hung correctly and use a tape measurer to make sure that the spaces between each template are even.
Now, you can confidently begin to start hammering nails into the wall!
Once your nails are in place, take down the templates and then hang your artwork!
Now you have a gallery wall that is the perfect fit for your space!
Several months ago, I had the privilege of partnering with my friends at Pottery Barn to do a series of style videos.
One of those videos was about how to create an interesting gallery wall. Check it out!
Were these tips helpful for you?
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