Do you want a beautiful gallery wall?
This is so easy you won’t believe you haven’t been doing it all your life.
That’s right gallery walls are easy to create!
Don’t get me wrong I had my far share of struggles with hanging pictures and home decor on my walls. I love gallery walls that are asymmetrical and have a rebel flare to them. But every time I tried to hang things willy-nilly, I always ended up with a symmetrical grouping.
With a couple simple tips I have become a gallery wall creating genius and you can too!
Only use pieces you love. Don’t come back a month later and decide you really don’t like the mirror or a frame doesn’t match. This is true in pretty much all of your decorating. I’ve done a lot of DIY in my home and I don’t love every piece and I tell myself that every time I see it. It’s frustrating. On the other hand, I have some DIY pieces I love and they fit perfectly with my style.
We started by picking a wall. This wall wasn’t actually our first choice but my dad mentioned that this wall is the first thing my guests will see; make it say something about your family. Once you have your wall picked out you have your dimensions based on the size of the wall. We laid the frames out on the floor so we knew the width we had to work with. Be sure to measure the height of your gallery while it is still on the floor. When we had it all laid out the gallery would have gone all the way to the floor, which is fine, but I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old so that wouldn’t be good.
Another way to do this is to use butcher paper and trace and cut out each frame. Then tape them to the wall. This helps you to know where to put the nail hole too! My dad happens to be really good at placing nail holes so I didn’t worry too much about that.
The next tip is to NOT line everything up. You want equal spacing if possible but nothing should be centered from top to bottom or left to right. The picture below appears centered but if you compare it to the frames on every side it isn’t actually centered with them.
Mix your mediums. Have some wood frames, some painted frames, some little details and some big statement pieces. Think Goldilocks here – just right. This gallery wall is very representative of my home decor as a whole since I pulled pieces from all over. I love that I can now use this as inspiration for the rest of my house. It will help me make a more cohesive look.
I’m a lover of good quotes and hand lettered decor. But I also like to make sure each piece has meaning. Ok so that’s my second contribution. The black and white tall sign pictured above reminds me of things my husband tells me. You are the jam to my jelly roll … he tries to make his own up and it’s pretty funny (at least I think so) … (most of the time).
Use pieces that have meaning. I made this framed chalkboard last year and I use it all the time. I love changing the quote, as you can see the last one didn’t get cleaned up completely. Love you the most is something my dad started I think. He always said this to us kids growing up.
I love using mirrors. Using mirrors will brighten up a room and make it look bigger. I have a couple more large walls in my living room and I think it would be so much fun to fill them up with mirrors.
You don’t have to hang everything in your gallery wall. This bench, book, and vase were placed because they fit with the gallery wall. I knew I needed a low and narrow table to fit here and this bench works perfectly (again taken from another room).
I am looking for a skinny wooden shutter I can paint to cover the air intake. I am also looking for a fun arrow for the right side. If you remember not line up your frames it is easy to keep adding to your gallery (as long as you still have wall space)