Have you struggled with how to even start the process of setting up your gallery wall? Does it seem too complicated? That is typically where people get stuck. I promise it’s not that difficult!
Just start with one main piece and build around it. You will be surprised how easy it is. At the bottom of this article I will layout the frame sizes I used with links to buy them, so you can recreate this look!
Gallery walls are an amazing wall décor option for a variety of reasons:
- Inexpensively fills a large wall
- Creates visual interest in a room
- Great option for displaying family photos
- Artfully display personal photography
- Display not only framed items, but objects too
If you don’t have an interior design degree, but want your gallery wall to look like they do in magazines – I have the secrets to success. There is one basic rule that works every time!
Layout your frames by using a base of horizontal lines that anchor multiple objects.
Tracey, what does that mean? I’ll show you with my gallery wall!
Creating Horizontal Lines within the Gallery Wall
See what I mean? As you layout your items, place several at the same height using either the bottom or top of the frame. First start with a layout on the floor.
Another important tip is use an uneven number of items.
My gallery wall has the lucky number 13! Think in 5, 7, 9, 11 depending on the size of the space you are trying to fill.
The picture below was the beginning of this gallery wall a few years ago and you can see my first instinct was to create a blocked symmetrical look. Instead after several layouts I ended up with an asymetrical layout that I think visually looks more interesting.
Plus I’ve been able to add artwork as the years have progressed, which would have been much harder to do in a blocked design.
Layout the Art on the Floor First
Use Paper to Layout the Art on the Wall
This gallery wall has evolved over time and I’ve improved how-to install. At first I used brown craft paper, but now my FAVORITE trick is to use wrapping paper that has a grid on the back.
Wrapping Paper with Grid Cutting Guides
The cutting grid guidlines on the back of the wrapping paper makes everything easier from tracing, to cutting, to locating where to nail in the picture hangers. I usually buy wrapping paper when it is on sale (most of the time standing in line at Home Goods!).
Just check the label to make sure there is a cutting grid on the back. Here is a link to wrapping paper that has a grid on the back CLICK HERE
Frog Tape is my favorite and what I use to tape the paper to the walls. Keep moving, measuring and adjusting each piece until you get the look you want. Use a level and a tape measure along to way to make sure everything is hung at the proper height and the paper is level.
Placing the Hangers Directly on the Paper
Make sure you have a picture hanging kit handy with a wide variety of sizes of picture hangers to make this job easier. Then measure the back of the picture where the hanger is or pull up on the hanging wire to measure. Take those same measurements and make a mark on the paper. Nail the hanger right through the paper. Test if it looks good, make any adjustments and rip down the paper. Nice, right?
The gallery wall in my bedroom makes me smile. I’ve filled it with images that are personal to me or inspire me plus added some of my own “artful” photography as well. It includes images of my favorite travel destinations, goals and even a lovely painting of my dog Mick as a puppy. Overtime I change it for my mood or life events.
Happiness is this Gallery Wall
How to create this complex gallery now doesn’t seem so complex does it!
I’m going to make it even easier by showing you the exact frame sizes and measurements.
Or if you like you can purchase pre-made frame kits to get you started! Don’t forget mats! Mats are really what highlights the artwork itself and also creates a cohesive visual look. Most of the frames have them included, so not to worry!
Happy hanging! CLICK HERE to see my post where I transformed my walnut frames to champagne gold easily and inexpensively.