Gallery walls are a budget-friendly décor option that will always look good. They’re a great way to display a few favourite pieces of art or a collection of family photos. Pulling together a gallery wall of your own might seem like a challenge. Art can be expensive and curating personal photos can take a lot of time. Here’s how to do it with a few simple tricks for a beautiful result.
Lay Out Your Gallery Wall Before You Hang It
Figure out what you want to hang where first. You don’t want to knock loads of holes in your walls and then discover you don’t like how the finished gallery looks.
Measure the space that you want your gallery wall to go on. Use some masking tape to mark out a box of that size on the floor. Spread out all of the art or photos that you want to hang in this taped box. On the floor, you can experiment with different placements for as long as you like, moving things around easily, without making any holes in your walls or committing to a layout you don’t like. You can also make sure all of the art you have chosen looks nice together before you hang anything.
Create A Cohesive Colour Palette For A Pulled Together Look
You can feel free to break this rule if you prefer your gallery wall to just look more personal and fun. However, if you would like your gallery wall to look a little more curated then choosing one colour palette and sticking with it will help. Try and keep the pieces that you hang together in a similar tone. For a cohesive finish, look for pieces that have similar colours in them, or you could buy a range of frames from somewhere like Nielsen that are all in the same colour, so it all goes together when you’re finished.
Start With Something Large To Anchor The Collection
To get your layout looking as aesthetically pleasing as possible, start by placing your biggest pieces first, and build the rest of your layout around those. Put the biggest piece you have to hang in one of the four outer corners of the space if you have a smaller gallery or put it just off-centre but towards the middle if you have a larger collection to fit. This bigger piece will be the start point for positioning all of your other art. By hanging the biggest piece off-centre, your eye will be encouraged to move around the gallery wall, rather than being pulled straight to the middle and staying there.
Try putting your second largest piece at a diagonal from this first piece, whether you decide to put them right next to each other or more spread out. Now all you need to do is just fill in the space between and around those two anchor pieces with the rest of the art or photographs you’ve chosen, and you have a beautiful gallery wall to enjoy.