Steal designer tips & tricks for the perfect gallery wall for your home!
Creating the perfect gallery wall starts with collecting the perfect images, prints, and art. When it comes to choosing the right pieces, you want pieces that capture the people, places, and things you love. Check out my tips to give you a perfect gallery wall without all the stress.
PHOTO CREDIT: VIVIAN JOHNSON
1. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
When choosing the best wall to showcase your favorite pieces, you need a wall with a clear view that has high traffic. You want to be able to appreciate and view your gallery without any obstruction. Gallery Walls can be done on large or small walls – whether it’s a large wall with furniture or the wall at the end of a hallway.
2. DECIDE EVEN OR ODD
Determining if you will use an even or odd number of pieces will come down to the scale of your wall. If you have a wall that spans a great distance, you can go either way. However, smaller spaces work better with odd numbers. When working with an even number, your layout will need to be symmetrical and geometric. However, when working with an odd number of pieces your layout will be more organic.
3. VARIETY IS KEY
When selecting pieces and their frames for your gallery wall – Variety is KEY! Creating a successful gallery wall means peaking interest and never allowing your eye to settle on just one piece. However, variety can be achieved in two ways: contrast in the art themselves or with the sizes of each piece.
4. PLACE AT EYE LEVEL
When creating a gallery wall – you should treat it as one single piece of art. My recommendation for the perfect placement is 57” – 60” above the finished floor to center. This will allow the entire collection to balance with the scale of your space.
5. HAVE A PLAN
A successful gallery wall comes with a plan. Planning before you nail will allow you to create a flowing collection that works well together. You want to pre-plan not only the layout but the spacing as well. My magic number for spacing is 3”.
Pro-Tip: Take butcher paper and pencil your layout so you can tap it and nail everything at once – then hang!
Of course, every home is different and not all of these tips may work for your space – so don’t hesitate to leave a question below so we can help you!