Hanging a gallery wall in your home is one of the best ways to make a visual statement. A gallery wall can transform any room, giving it interest, depth and personality. Hang it above your couch, a mounted TV, your bedroom headboard, or anywhere you feel there’s empty wall space that needs to be filled in. If you’re someone who loves to change up your decor, a gallery wall gives you the opportunity to switch things up as your taste changes, or as you add new pieces to your art collection. Whether you have a large home or a small apartment, a gallery wall is a simple way to add visual interest to your space. Here are our top tips for creating the perfect gallery wall.
1. Plan Out Your Gallery Wall On The Floor
Before you begin to hang your pieces of art on the wall, it’s a good idea to plan out your gallery wall on the floor. Arrange the pieces until you’re happy with the layout, changing things up that don’t work. It’s much easier to do this before they’re nailed on the wall. Use painters tape and a level to help transfer your layout from the ground to the wall.
2. Use Varying Frame Sizes
Gallery walls look best with varying frame sizes. Choose one or two larger frames as your starting point, and fill in the gap with smaller frames. Try not to put two frames of the same size right beside each other, and make sure to hang frames both vertically and horizontally for ultimate aesthetic appeal. Also, make sure to hang your frames at least one inch apart. Everything should look evenly arranged and you don’t want it to look overcrowded.
3. Choose a Colour Scheme
Your gallery wall should have a colour scheme and it should also follow the colour scheme of whatever room you hang it in. Choose prints, pictures, and art pieces with a common colour to give your wall a more cohesive look. Pull colours from your room and complement them with your pieces. Or, opt for an all black and white gallery wall, which goes with any colour scheme.
4. Frames Matter
Gallery wall frames aren’t just there to hold your art pieces, they’re part of the art itself. Depending on the feel of the wall and the room, choose between simple, sleek frames, ornate frames, chunky frames, or bright coloured frames that pop. Don’t forget you can always paint frames with spray paint or regular paint to get the look you want.
5. Add in Personal Touches
The great thing about a gallery wall is that not one is the same as another. It allows you to bring your personality into the space and decorate with pieces that mean something to you. Mix in your favourite pieces with special artwork or features that reflect you and your family. It could be pieces from your travels, letters of the alphabet for people’s names, or family photos from special occasions.