The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Gallery Wall

Aug 6, 2023 | DESIGN

Some walls are begging for a touch of personality. While a single piece of art can have an impact, sometimes you crave a bolder statement. A gallery wall is a collection of curated art, photographs, or mementos. It can transform a space from bland to breathtaking. But the impact of a gallery wall goes far beyond aesthetics. Here’s how a well-designed gallery wall can elevate your home.

THE IMPACT OF A GALLERY WALL IN YOUR HOME

Bye-Bye Bland Walls, Hello Statement Piece: An empty wall can make a room feel cold and unfinished. A gallery wall becomes a focal point, drawing the eye and injecting personality. It can transform a bare space into a welcoming one. Or an awkward living room corner into a cozy conversation nook.

Memories on Display: Gallery walls are a fantastic way to showcase cherished memories. Family photos and childhood artwork create a sentimental display. Every time you glance at your gallery wall, you’ll revisit those special moments.

Unleash Your Inner Curator: A gallery wall is your personal art exhibition. It allows you to showcase your unique taste. It tells a story through your chosen pieces and expresses your passion. A family photo montage or a vibrant mix of art prints is a unique conversation starter. It’s a window into your world.

Boost Your Creativity: Surrounding yourself with inspiring artwork can have a surprising impact on your creativity. A gallery wall filled with thought-provoking photographs can spark new ideas. It can provide a daily dose of inspiration.

A Thrifty Design Solution: Creating a stunning gallery wall doesn’t have to break the bank. Thrift stores and online marketplaces offer a wealth of affordable artwork. and vintage finds. You can even get creative with vintage finds, too. A gallery wall allows you to achieve a high-end look without the high-end price tag.

HOW TO CREATE A GALLERY WALL

1. Choose your space. The first step is to decide where you want to put your gallery wall. My favorite space to install a gallery wall is the dining room. It’s creates an intimate vibe and serves as the perfect conversation starter with guests.

2. Gather your inspiration. Once you’ve chosen your space, start collecting inspiration. Look at Pinterest boards to find gallery walls that you like. Pay attention to the layout, the colors, and the types of art. I used family photos, but you could hang a collection of kids’ art, pages from your favorite books, or even sheet music can make a big impact. 

3. Choose your frames. Choose a frame color palette. Will you use all black frames or a combination? Gallery walls with no more than three frame colors look best. I prefer these frames I found on Etsy.

4. Tape your space. Before you begin nailing, measure and tape-off a box around your gallery wall area. Keep in mind, you’ll want to leave between 2-3″ of space between each frame.

5. Arrange your art. Coordinate your gallery wall configuration on the floor first. Outline each frame on poster board or art paper. Tape the cut-out to the wall and then nail through it. This is more time consuming, but leaves much less room for error. 

Start with your largest pieces. Place them in the center of your wall space and build around them with smaller pieces. Try to create a sense of balance by using a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Don’t overcrowd your gallery wall. Give each piece of art some breathing room.

6. Hang your art. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, it’s time to hang your art.

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The Beginner's Guide to Creating a Gallery Wall - Julie Pedraza

TIPS TO MAKE YOUR GALLERY WALL COHESIVE

Use a template. If you’re not sure how to arrange your art, you can use a template to help you get started. There are many free templates available online.

Consider the scale of your art. Make sure the pieces you choose are the right size for the space.

Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to mix up the types of art that you use in your gallery wall. A mix of photographs, paintings, and prints can create visual interest.

If you’re not sure what to put in your gallery wall, start with a few pieces that you love and then build around them. Your gallery wall should be a reflection of your personality. Don’t be afraid to choose pieces that are unique and special to you.

Get creative. Search Pinterest for inspiration. There are no rules when it comes to designing a gallery wall. So have fun and express yourself. With a little planning and creativity, you can design a unique display that reflects your personality and style.

GALLERY WALL — THE GIST

A gallery wall is a visual autobiography that speaks to who you are. And it can be a dynamic element within your home. So, ditch the bare walls and embrace the creativity of a curated display. Because a well-designed gallery wall can transform your space, adding a magical element to your home.

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