Gallery walls aren’t anything new when it comes to interior design and styling. They started trending hard before 2004, and since then, according to Google Trends they have been non-stop rising in popularity. There are several different kinds though. So many ways to do it, and equally as many ways too mess it up.
My tips on creating gallery walls are possibly unconventional, and really just an insight into how I find success in putting them together. Some gallery walls might have a mulitude of the same colour, and even sized frame. They can be uniform. Others, completely eclectic and brimming with all sorts of stuff. Not many of mine are ever like this. There may sometimes be pairs of prints, but them I’m often inclined to split them up. Even so, they are still curated, and yet eclectic.
There are a few time consuming fail-safe ways to do a gallery wall. One is to cut out brown paper in the size of all your pieces of art. This, I would argue is the way NOT to do a gallery wall. I think you actually need to see exactly how it’s going to look. Brown paper looks like brown paper.. stuck to a wall.
Laying it all out the floor first is a great start. Some might say even lay it on a sheet brown paper, draw around each piece once the positions have been decided, then use that paper as a template on the wall. Ripping it away as you add each piece. My argument – that things look different on the wall, than they do on the floor. So I like to be completely organic when going through this process. It’s also handy to look at them on the floor from the top of a ladder and take a quick snap. So you can step back and think about it. With a good image reference.
I say, grab an extra pair of hands to help you do this. Then, after laying it out on the floor and getting some form of an idea what you would like to achieve, take it in turns to hold up the frames piece by piece so you can tweak slightly as you go. This method may not work for all. But it’s a great way to bond over some art hanging. And it can really get you being creative. Also don’t be pinned down to using just art and frames. Throwing in a light, or another three-dimensional object makes for a more interesting result.
You will need….
- An extra pair or two of hands
- A ladder
- A tape measure
- Pencil to mark the pin spots
- Plenty of picture hooks, pins and cord if necessary
- A little bit of patience
- Tonnes of creativity