Simply Framed's Gallery Wall Guide
Posted by MK Quinlan on Oct 21, 2014
The difference between a house and a home is the collection of items that reflect the lives and personalities of the people who live there: dog-eared books, heirloom furniture, travel souvenirs, closets that showcase each individual’s unique sense of style...
Of course, displaying art and personal photographs is one of the easiest ways to make your home reflect who you are. Follow our advice below to learn how to fashion an eclectic-but-collected gallery wall that will be a show stopping exhibit of your favorite prints, paintings, and photos.
- Gather up your art—original paintings, concert posters, custom prints, personal photographs, keepsakes such as invitations or special letters—anything you have that reflects you and your family that you’d like to have on display.
- Click here to custom frame any art or photographs that aren’t already wall ready.
3. Once all of your art is framed and in-hand, find a clean, empty floor and try laying out an arrangement that you like. Here are some general guidelines
- If your art is in differing shapes and sizes, don’t try to group similar pieces together on the wall. Keep it eclectic by mixing all of the different pieces in with one another. When in doubt, it’s usually easiest to put the largest piece in the center and build outward.
- If your art is all the same shape and size, lay it out like a grid, keeping the spaces between each piece equal from side to side and on top and bottom.
4. Trace each piece with a pencil or pen onto newspaper. Be careful not to mark the frames with your pen. Mark the locations of the hanging brackets on the paper and indicate the orientation of the art with an arrow pointing up. Cut out each shape.
5. With blue painter’s tape (masking tape works, too), attach the cutouts to your wall, starting in the center and building outward.
- Once you are happy with the placement of your cutouts, hammer your nails in over the bracket markers. Pull the newspaper off the wall.
- Hang art and check with a level. Got an iPhone? Then you have a level.
We’ve included a few of our favorite gallery walls for you to peruse for inspiration, below.
The home office of Gray Malin.
via Inspiring Decor
This blog was developed in partnership with our friends Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney at Amore & Vita.