curating the perfect gallery wall

by katherine + amy |

We are huge fans of a good gallery wall. It is an inexpensive way to fill a large space, and we love the interest it adds to a room! Designing a gallery wall, however, isn’t as easy as it may appear. You definitely don’t want to just start hanging pieces and figure it out as you go. It takes planning, patience and some basic math skills to get the perfect gallery wall.

Amy + Casey decided to create a movie/tv/music themed gallery wall to show off some of their favorites

Prints: Secretly In Love (Royal Tenenbaums) and Always Seek the Truth (X-Files) by Nan Lawson| Life Aquatic by Eleven X Seventeen Poster Co. | Stranger Things by CONCEPCIONSTUDIOS | Twin Peaks by Kristjan Lyngmo

Here are a few tips on how to curate your own gallery wall:

  1. Use an oversized piece to anchor your gallery wall and begin to mix in pieces with a wide range of shapes. You will want to include both horizontal and vertical images (and square if you have them) to make sure it is balance. Mixing in smaller pieces helps keep your eyes moving around.
  2. Keep the spacing between your pieces as even as possible. A good rule of thumb is 2-3″ of space on all sides. You want your gallery wall to look intentional, not accidental.
  3. For a clean, modern look use the same colored frames. For a more eclectic look, mix and match frame styles but keep within the same color family. For example, mixing white and light toned wood. Use the same color mat for a cohesive look.
  4. Try to stay within the same color palette, but feel free to pop in an unexpected accent. Amy included an unframed canvas and Katherine has even framed free wallpaper samples!
  5. Don’t be afraid to use different mediums of art. Combine abstract pieces, photos, prints and even artwork that you have created to add a unique and personal touch.
  6. Lay out your gallery wall on the floor before hanging it on the wall. This will allow you freedom to move pieces around until you find the right balance. Keeping your layout on a grid makes the variety of prints look clean and cohesive. Pro tip: take a picture of your layout for reference.
  7. Start hanging your gallery wall!
Prints: Highland Cow Print | Photos by Jessica Love Photography | Ohio Typography Print

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