Gallery walls are timeless. They add a touch of vibrancy, uniqueness, and life to a space. And, they are a fantastic way to incorporate a design element that represents YOU as an individual. But, we know the idea of creating a gallery wall can be daunting. Choosing the right artwork can be difficult, and curating personal items/photos can take a decent amount of time. So, how do you pull a gallery wall together? Read to find out!
How to Create a Gallery Wall
– All photos are from projects by Beth Haley Design (BHD).
Choose Your Pieces
Find art and decorative pieces that you resonate with, and take inventory of what you already have! Our favorite gallery walls are made up of a plethora of different artwork and items. Mix and match prints, photographs, and paintings of various styles, while staying mindful of size and color. Think about your personal aesthetic and preferences—do you gravitate towards cooler tones? Is your style more eclectic? Consider adding a textile or something sculptural, such as a ceramic piece, to add visual interest.
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Lay Out Your Gallery Wall Before You Hang It
Measure the area where you plan to hang your gallery wall. Next, lay out all of your pieces before you begin the hanging process. Play around with placement and design. This way, you can move things around and try different combinations, but without damaging your walls. To keep your gallery wall feeling interesting, try combining vertical and horizontal pieces and different frame styles. Keep in mind that you want rhythm, but without rules. It doesn’t have to be a perfect, symmetrical grid!
Once you choose your pieces and plan your gallery wall’s layout, it’s time to start hanging! We recommend hanging your largest pieces first and building around them. The larger items act as jumping-off points for placing the rest of the pieces you have. Hang your biggest piece to start with, and then hang another piece diagonally from that one. Now you just have to fill in the empty space!
Lastly, remember to have fun with it. Putting up a gallery wall can feel intimidating, but once it’s up it’s incredibly gratifying!
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