A couple of years ago I started to put together a little gallery wall in our apartment. Over the years items have moved around, it’s changed and gotten a little bigger. Our wall has turned into a collection of moments from both our lives: art Mike bought while traveling in Guatemala, a cross and Degas we bought on our honeymoon in Paris, a pressed penny from Philly, Ork Poster’s heart Print (my first Christmas present to Mike), Jennet Liaw’s Humble/Hustle print, a canvas from our engagement shoot, a butterfly encased in glass that’s been around my family’s home my entire life… and I have to say it’s one of my favorite parts of the apartment! Everyone who visits loves it as well, so I wanted to share a little inspiration and a couple of tips and tricks so you can create one in your home. Also be sure to check out a collection of great inspiration images over on Pinterest!
What To Collect
Gallery walls come in lots of flavors: they can revolve around a theme, a color, a style, or have nothing tying the items together at all. The number one piece of advice I can give you is to only add things you love to the collection. (This applies to everything in your home really.) Unless you’re going for a completely uniform look, galleries always look best when there’s a variety of sizes, objects, and textures. Use a mix verticals, horizontals, and shapes as well. (Check the end of the post for some cute prints and frames you can add to your gallery!)
How to Style It
If you’re using frames that are all the same size, definitely stick to a grid. Keep consistent spacing and try to go for a symmetrical shape. If you’re going for the varied look, then you have two options depending on where you’re hanging the frames. If you have a very long wall, you might want to place all your images aligned toward the horizontal center (as seen in some of the inspiration images on Pinterest). My personal favorite is freeform. It lets you continue to “grow” the gallery as you acquire more items.
Hanging It Up
Plan it out before you nail it up: try to keep consistent spacing whether you’re going for a more bohemian, free form look or a more uniform style. Measure twice, cut (or in this case, nail) once! When planning out my arrangement I laid it all out on the floor so I could arrange to my hearts content and not worry about covering up any nail holes in the wall. I started with the larger frames and then built around them. Be creative, but like I mentioned before, keep the spacing as consistent as possible, it helps keep it looking intentional and not messy.
I use the “toothpaste” method when hanging frames. Add a dab of toothpaste (the blue or green kind is best) to the hook on the frame and press it against the wall where you’d like it to sit once it’s hung. The toothpaste will leave a mark right where your nail should go!