Gallery walls are a great addition to any room. Whether large or small, they can make a big statement and keep your space looking designer-quality! Check out these three easy tips below to achieve the perfect gallery wall.
- Plan, plan, plan: Before a single nail goes in the wall, lay all of your art out on another surface- preferably the floor in front of where you’ll install it. This way, you can move pieces around as much as you want to get just the right layout without nailing a thousand holes in the wall. What you imagine in your head might reflect differently when laid out in front of you. Keep switching it around until you find the perfect arrangement. And then- take a couple measurements (height and width of the entire arrangement as a whole) and photos to be sure you can replicate it exactly on the wall.
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- Pay attention to frame size and shape, visual weight: If you’re having trouble choosing an arrangement: think of these three things. A darker piece with a busy pattern has more visual weight than a piece of the same size- that’s muted in color and might have a white background. You want to avoid having ‘heavy’ pieces all together- they should be distributed evenly among the gallery wall. For example, the larger pieces flanking the top left and top right in my photo have differing visual weights- but they also shouldn’t be paired right next to each other. Keeping them slightly separated achieves a more balanced look. I have varying sizes and colors of frames with my gallery wall, so I wanted to disperse them a bit so it didn’t look too odd. Some might have all of the same color frames but in different sizes, or vice versa (or just a mix of everything!) Regardless, keep the size and color in mind when arranging the art. Try to avoid having large pieces clustered in only one area. Instead, mix in small pieces among the large pieces.
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- Stand back and observe: When your layout is on the floor- be sure to look at it from different angles. It can look totally fine when you’re sitting down on the floor next to the arrangement but if you walk away a few feet, it can look totally wrong. So be sure to look at it from all sides and angles before finalizing your arrangement.
Note to DC Ladies Readers:
Now that you have all of my gallery wall tips, I’d like to leave you with a quick note- due to an overly busy schedule and lack of time to create the quality of posts, this will be my last entry on DC Ladies for awhile. I’ve had such a wonderful time contributing for the past few years and would really love to continue when my schedule frees up again, hopefully later in the Fall. I really appreciate you all following along and sharing my posts- hope they’ve helped you decorate, organize and style your space (on a budget)! xo, Sara (Studio Style Blog)
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