How to Create a Gallery Wall

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Gallery walls are one of my favorite trends in home decor. I never get sick of grazing collections of odds and ends in one’s home and discovering what’s important to the homeowner. The best thing about gallery walls is that you can’t get it wrong. Everything from family photos, cards and artwork can be mixed together to create a focus point that is all your own. Here are three steps to ensure that your gallery wall looks cohesive and balanced.

Step 1: Pick a theme and start collecting

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Photo: Theglassslipperbyblush.blogspot.com

Picking a theme will make your wall looks intentional and uniformed. Your theme can be followed tightly (everything needs to have green in it) or it can be a general idea (all vintage-looking items). You can even decide that you will have no theme and just build upon your wall as you go, putting up one piece at a time — it’s up to you! Keep in mind your theme as you pick out frames and mats. One popular option are white frames with white mats, but again, anything is game.

Many people love gallery walls because they are a budget-friendly way to show off your personality with visually interesting items. To keep costs down, begin gathering items around your theme at home. Here are a few of my favorite items to display:

  • Art and prints
  • Cards
  • Vintage photographs
  • Decorative paper
  • Clocks and keys

Step 2: Map it out

Photo: Designcrushblog.com

Photo: Designcrushblog.com

Before you make your first hole in the wall, make sure to draw out your gallery wall. If you start hammering nails before you’ve got a plan, you’re likely to have a disaster on your hands. I recommend creating paper mock-ups of each of your pieces and taping them to the wall first. This way you can make as many changes as you like without ruining your walls

Step 3: Start in the middle

Photo: Secondshoutout.com

Photo: Secondshoutout.com

Once you’ve got your mock gallery wall up, start from the middle and work out. Take down one piece of paper at a time and replace it with your frame. Make sure to step back and analyze as you go. You may find that you need to readjust from time to time. And voilà, you’ve got your very own gallery wall!

Lets admire a few folks that have done it right.

Photo: Glitterandgoatcheese.com

Photo: Glitterandgoatcheese.com

Photo: Mixandchic.com

Photo: Mixandchic.com

Photo: Partiallypracticalpurveyor.wordpress.com

Photo: Partiallypracticalpurveyor.wordpress.com

 
  • Change of Art

    Re. Step 2: Wanted to mention that there are changeable gallery frames now – they come with templates – that are printed to look like the frames. So, you’ll know exactly how it’ll look before you grab that hammer. And they show you exactly where to nail the sturdy hanger. They’ve got instant matting, and the frames are totally changeable – so you can change up your photos or art prints whenever you want (and store them all in back).