What the Heck do You Put in a Gallery Wall?
Gallery walls are not a new decorating trend. Iterations of them have been popping up on Pinterest (and now Instagram) for years and there are lots of posts on how to create a layout and ideas on how and where to hang them.
Where most people tend to struggle is choosing the items to use within it. To me a gallery wall should represent something about you or your family. It should hold meaning and it should make you happy whenever you look at it.
Once you've decided where you want to hang your gallery and have a sense of the size of space you’re working with, you'll need to decide what your style is and how you want your wall to look when it’s done. Do you want it to include only framed pictures of a similar style and colour (museum style) or do you like a mix of photos and other pieces of art with various amounts of colour? Either will work but it’s important to keep in mind your style and what will make you happy in the end before you set about collecting pieces to use.
For my wall, I knew I wanted it to have an eclectic look and I wanted it to be a mixture of family pictures and other pieces of art that held special meaning to me. Melissa was more specific when it came to her wall. She chose to use white frames of various sizes with posters from art gallery exhibits her and her husband have visited during their travels. Jenell chose love and family as the theme for her wall and used the tree as the feature piece of art around which all the other elements were centered.
Try to think of things that you may have that you’ve never really known what to do with. For example, I have an old mirror that was my grandma’s. It isn’t large enough to really use anywhere else in my house but it holds sentimental value so I worked that into my design. I also used a Sid Dickens tile that I was given as a gift and a family crest from my father-in-law. These items hung alone seem odd but by pulling them together they start to form a pretty cool design. Large initial letters are always a great addition and can be found almost anywhere in a variety of styles.
Once you have all the pieces you want to use you need to find a space big enough so you can lay it all out. I took mine to my basement. There is no science to this next part. It’s really just laying all your pieces out on the ground and playing around with arrangements until you find one that you like. Take your time with this. Once I found an arrangement I liked I took a picture on my phone and left it for a day then came back. It took a few attempts before I was happy with how it looked.
From there it’s easy. Snap a quick pic so you can refer to it while transferring your layout form the floor to your wall.
A couple of tips:
- When you layout your design, make sure you are working within a space similar to where you will be hanging your wall. You don’t want to have everything laid out and then find you have to squish pieces together to make it work when it’s time to hang it on the wall
- Don’t be afraid to reuse or repurpose what you have. I had a lot of black frames that were the right size but wrong colour. A few bottles of craft paint from Michael’s was an easy and cost effective solution
- Don't discount your kids art! Sett in a stylish frame or mounted on canvas, a simple paiting or drawing can be turned into a beautiful show piece that you don't just want to hang on your fridge
- Remember, you are doing this for you! It doesn’t have to look perfect to anyone else. It’s about what you like and what makes you happy
Check out our Pinterest page for pics of our walls and other examples of walls we love.
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