I’ve taken on the moniker “Gallery Girl”. It started as sort of a joke and now my clients actually call me “Gallery Girl”. I have created a lot of gallery walls in the many homes we have lived in over the years. I have helped clients both locally and up and down the east coast (via the internet) create gallery walls in their homes, too! These are the instructions I give my clients. You can do this all by yourself, with no measuring!
First of all, I would like to state that there is no right or wrong way to put together a gallery wall. There are no “rules”, but there are some tricks to making them cohesive and pleasing.
You can make them cohesive using matching frames and mats or using mats and frames that are all the same color even if they don’t quite match. This is what Emily Clark did in this home office by Emily A. Clark Interiors:
I’m a big fan of an eclectic gallery wall where all the frames are mismatched and there are objects besides photos. I wanted a casual beach theme for my bedroom and I believe what makes my gallery wall cohesive is that all the items fit the beach theme. Note that a gallery wall is also the best way to deal with this bend in the wall which would have made using one large piece of art very awkward.
So here are six simple steps to creating a gallery wall that you can hang all by yourself:
1. Gather your items. You could do this on one shopping trip or over the course of several years. It took me about a year to compile the items for my wall. I had been waiting for one last large piece to anchor the wall when I came across the painting of a girl playing in the sand in the center of the photo.
2. Lay your items out on the floor in front of the wall where you will hang them. Play with the configuration until you are happy with it.
3. Trace each item onto a piece of newsprint. Be sure to trace the placement of the hangers. This is how you get away without measuring!
4. Use painter’s tape to tape each piece of newsprint on the wall in the desired configuration. Step back and make sure you like the overall effect. Adjust if necessary.
5. Hammer a nail into the newsprint in the spot where you’ve marked the hanger.
6. Hang the picture, remove the newsprint, repeat.
That’s it! That’s all there is to it! These are the actual instructions I give my e-design clients. If you enjoyed this post, I’d love for you to click the follow button in the lower right corner of your screen or follow my blog with Bloglovin.