From Blank Wall to Gallery Wall In 7 Simple Steps
If you follow décor websites even half as frequently as we do, you’ve probably seen your fair share of gallery wall tutorials. So, why read another? Well, we thought we’d have another try at bringing you a step-by-step guide to create a gallery wall that’s a little more Miami Art Basel and a little less furniture catalog. Not to mention we rounded up some pretty sweet art. Keep scrolling for our step-by-step guide to creating a great gallery wall.
This is perhaps the most important step. Don’t expect to find all your art in one day. The best gallery walls are collected over time. Most importantly, pick only pieces you absolutely can’t live without. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so don’t worry about pleasing anyone but yourself. Knowing this ahead of time will make shopping for your gallery wall a much more enjoyable and relaxed experience.
What makes you tick? Is it urban photography, oil landscapes, abstract painting, or pop art? What colors are you most attracted to? The easiest way to find out is to head online and start shopping. Use Pinterest and pin the artwork that inspires you. After a while, you will see patterns emerging: color palettes, mediums, and styles.
Avoid buying art that comes in stock at a major retailer, or art that has graced the walls of millions, thanks to Pinterest. (Keep calm and what again?) Instead, look for up-and-coming artists, or buy smaller print editions of well-known artists to keep the costs low. Be (and buy) original.
While you don’t want your gallery wall to be too bland or boring, you do want to keep some consistency. When choosing your artwork, pick a consistent frame style if the subject matter is very eclectic, or try to stick to a loose color scheme when picking your artwork. If all the artwork has the same subject matter, have fun with different frames. Following this simple rule, you’ll be able to pick whatever piece catches your attention and know that it will ultimately all work together.
If you start hammering away without a plan, you’ll likely end up with a wall full of holes and a schlocky-looking wall. Start by laying out your art on the floor, and arrange it until you like the composition. For extra precaution, trace the outline of each frame on craft paper and hang the outline of each frame on the wall with painter’s tape to get the full effect.
Don’t limit your wall to a small clustered arrangement on a wide blank wall—use the entire wall. Go from wall to wall, and floor to ceiling. Don’t be afraid to leave a bit of white space in between frames if your collection is on the smaller side.
As a general rule, when hanging art, start with the middle and work your way outward in a spiral. Make sure the centerpiece is, well, centered, and that the middle-point of the frame sits at eye level (or 55 to 60 inches from the floor). Stand back, and adjust as necessary.
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