Putting together a gallery wall can be an intimidating task. Don’t be fearful! When done correctly, a gallery wall can be really beautiful and can completely transform a space. Whether you have a beautiful art collection or personal photographs that you want to display, a gallery wall should be both special and expressive to you. Gallery walls can range in size, color and style. No matter the type, all have great potential. The first step to making a gallery wall is to decide your personal style. Do you prefer a grid layout or something more random? Do you like a more streamlined look or something with more variation? Is your preference to have matching or mix-matched artwork and frames? The options are endless! We always love a good grid layout, an eclectic arrangement or utilizing shelves for a more dynamic feel. When it comes to hanging your gallery wall, we suggest doing a mock up prior to hanging your actual frames. We love this guide from Simply Framed on how to prepare. We have been seeing so many inspirational gallery walls on Pinterest and Instagram lately! Below are a few of our favorites that we’ve come across so far.
Gallery Wall Inspiration
You can’t go wrong with this style of gallery wall. Even though this is one of the easiest frame displays to do, the overall impact can be stunning. When pursuing this layout, we typically prefer to use frames of the same size and finish. You also want to make sure you have an even amount of space between each frame. When doing a grid layout we prefer to do rows and columns of odd numbers. This helps keep the arrangement balanced. If you are framing personal photographs rather than art pieces this layout is a great fit.
We are strong proponents of this type of gallery wall. You can have so much fun mixing frame sizes, mat sizes as well as frame colors and finishes. This is the perfect layout to use when you have a random collection of art or photographs that you want to display. When assembling an eclectic layout you want to make sure you keep a datum line that all frames align to so that the gallery wall looks like it has a sense of order. When creating your arrangement, align the bottoms and tops of the various sized frames as shown above. A way to have even more fun with this type of layout is to add objects into the mix along with your framed pieces. Clocks and mirrors for example add a unique touch to this style.
We’ve been seeing some really beautiful gallery walls displayed on shelves lately. The opportunities for displaying on shelving are so vast! You can use all the same size frames or you can vary the sizing of your art pieces. You can even display frameless pieces such as canvas artwork or other objects, for example. Whether you prefer to go with a more streamlined route, or a more diverse direction, one thing to always keep in mind is the placement of pieces on the shelving. For a more sophisticated feel, you can go with more of a grid layout and keep equal spacing between all of your pieces. Our personal favorite is to overlap and stagger the pieces along the shelving (as shown above). This creates more variety and makes for a more active gallery wall!
We love hanging gallery walls down hallways or at entryways, up stairways and on large accent walls! What do you think about gallery walls? What are your favorite layout types?
XO, Kris & Kate