How to design a Gallery Wall

You know that empty wall you’ve been walking by for the last month. You keep looking at it, wanting to do a gallery wall, but are a little overwhelmed of where to start. I’m going to give you some ideas of how to tackle this issue.

Step #1 Decide what you want to hang on your wall. Know that you don’t have to have all of the same thing for your wall. For example, here is a gallery wall I have going up our stairs. I knew I wanted primarily family photos and I also knew I wanted to add some other things. Notice too, that none of my picture frames match. Don’t worry about matching. If you need everything to match, just spray paint your frames in the color you want.

Step #2 Layout….there are a couple of ways you can do this. I usually layout my pictures on the floor. Another way is to trace your frames onto kraft paper and cut the squares out and tape them onto the wall. You can make adjustments easily then. I start from the middle and work my way out. I also measure to make sure everything is centered. There is nothing worse than hanging everything, stepping back and realizing your gallery wall is about 4 inches off centered. I also start with my largest piece and fill in with smaller ones.

Step #3 Add interest with signs, mirrors, letters, symbols, or artwork. Here I used word art and a saying I found at the Blueberry Art Festival that I just love. I worked these pieces into my layout keeping in mind to balance them with how many photos I have.

Step #4. Hang your pictures. I use 3M hanging strips. They are so much easier than hammer and nails. Just make sure your pieces are not too heavy.

Other pointers. When doing a gallery wall on stairs. Figure out how far from the step you want your first photo to hang. Measure the length from the step to the base of your photo. Use that measurement on every step, marking the wall with a pencil mark or painter’s tape. This will give you a base to work from so your photos are all on the angle going up the stairs. I also use a small level to make sure each piece I hang is even.

I hope this article was helpful. If you have any questions please contact me.


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