We've all drooled over amazing gallery walls in magazine spreads, home decor blogs and Pinterest. I am deeply addicted to Apartment Therapy and their home tours are a visual feast that I visit over and over again. My goal for this year is to put together a gallery wall that showcases who I am, my travels, my eclectic taste, but most of all be full of treasures and memories and art that makes me feel happy. Like any project this is a process that takes time and can be quite expensive to do. But it can also be a daunting task of putting together a visual story for you and your home.
How To Put Together A Gallery Wall
How To Put Together A Gallery Wall.
So how do you go about putting together a gallery wall? Here are some tips and inspirations to get you started on the gallery wall project for your home.
Curate a variety of images in different shapes and sizes. They can be flea market finds, quirky printable quotes, wallpaper swatches, original paintings, family photographs or kids art projects. Include a large piece and use it as an anchor point and build around it.
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2. Stay Neutral
Choose frames that are black, white, light wood or neutral colors to prevent gallery wall sensory overload. Keeping the frame or the matt colors neutral will open up the space visually and bring focus to the art.
Opt for one or two frames in a vintage gold or chrome color to prevent the wall from being too monochromatic.
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3. Define Unusual Areas
Define a breakfast nook, entryway or hallway with a gallery wall composition. Go floor to ceiling for bold drama. Going vertical will automatically draw the eye upwards and create a feeling of space.
4. Line Up
If you have art of similar shapes and sizes, you can even line up the artwork for a more even and structured look. Try to leave a minimum of 3 inches between each frame and go horizontal or vertical in equal steps.
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5. Think Vertically
Most often, gallery walls spread out wide, but tall or narrow groupings have a certain modernity to them that feels unexpected and super elegant. Plus, filling a wall top to bottom (no matter your room height) will most certainly extend your ceilings to make your space look loftier than it is.
6. Mock it up
Finally, it is always better to mock up the gallery wall by using paper templates and laying them on the floor till you are satisfied with the arrangement. Cut up old newspaper or rolls of Kraft paper to resemble the picture sizes, tape them to the wall, step back and assess how it makes you feel. Try to view the room from different angles to get a complete picture. Some companies offer templates that you can print out and tape to the wall and use it as the final guide to hang up your art.
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7. Use a Grid:
And when all else fails, use a grid. I love these fun grids by https://www.mydomaine.com/gallery-wall-hack
Finally, things to really OWN your gallery wall are:
- Add personal elements
- Pick art in varying sizes
- Have more art than you think you’ll need
- Don’t overthink it
- And always tell yourself that there is never a wrong way to do a gallery wall :)
Now that you have the basics on how to hang a gallery wall. Here are some modern art prints from Soul Curry Art that will enhance any gallery wall in any style of home decor.