I was thinking that it would be fun to share a few tips on creating a gallery wall! There are SO many ways you can do this, but I thought I would share a few photos and tell you about how I created the gallery walls in my home! There really is no right or wrong, I think the main component that every gallery needs is BALANCE. Like all things in life right? Haha
Ok, let’s jump in!
Welcome to my living room! The TV is on but I don’t remember what I was watching, maybe The Real? Hmmm haha
Ok! Here we go!
1) I like to start with at least one frame (or a frame cluster) that will kind of be “center stage” and a good starting point to build around. In my gallery wall I started with the cluster of frames on the right wall (the set of 6 frames attached to each other) and then started to add frames around it! (On the left wall, I started with the long wood frame with 5 photo slots.)
2) Don’t feel like you only have to use frames! I like to mix it up and use letters, signs, instruments, anything that you want! This is my family wall so I have a little “family” sign, and a cute sign that my mom got me that talks about Daughters. I like to make my space look cozy and homey, and use things that have sentimental value! (See the little yellow painting with the cactus on it? My mom painted that and I love that I think of her when I see it!
For this gallery to the right, our wedding gallery, I used our wedding photos, a sign and anchor that we got as wedding gifts(our theme was beachy! We had lots of shells and nautical themed things that I now use around the house!) As well as a few signs that follow the theme!
3) I think it is fun to switch up the textures, colors, shapes, and sizes of the frames that you use, but still make them cohesive! I love the weathered wood type of frames, and stick to that theme.
All of my frames are different, but here is an element in each of them that goes with the others to tie them all together.
I get almost ALL of my frames at HomeGoods. I absolutely love their frames and they are super reasonable. I love the brand that says “India or made in India” on it. I am not sure if that is the name of the brand but they all have that in common haha They also have all sorts of fun things you can add into you gallery, like the letters and all sorts of fun things!
Also, don’t feel like you need to buy all of your frames at once! I just pop into HomeGoods and see the different ones they have periodically. They are always getting new ones, and I will take it home and see if it will work on my wall! And! Don’t feel like once a frame is there, that it is permanent! You can always switch it out if you like something better! Same goes with the photos!
4) I said this before but BALANCE is the most important part of creating a gallery wall.
I am not the type of person who plans everything out before I put a hole in the wall, but that could be a good option if that is something you are into!
You could lay out all of your frames on the floor and arrange them like you would on the wall.
I have also seen people take craft paper and cut out outlines of their frames and tape them to the wall first so they know how it will look. Then you can move things around without such a hassle!
Measuring is also a good idea, but something I don’t always do! But is very helpful when you are trying to make everything straight and the same distance a part! I recommend it!
I pretty much eye ball it and then end up making unnecessary holes in the wall. We will definitely be doing some touch ups if the frames come down!
5) Simple can be great too! For this little gallery above, I just used a couple frames and a few items and I love the way it turned out! It does’t always have to be a huge gallery! You can get more simple than this and just put up 2-3 big frames, or whatever your heart desires! Like I said before, there are no rules, I think as long as everything looks balanced, that is a win!
6) I am in LOVE with Monkey Hooks for hanging everything! They come in three different sizes depending on the size and weight of your frame, and they push straight into the dry wall and hook around inside the wall! And they don’t fall out! Then you don’t have to hassle with putting in an anchor into the dry wall! These will only work for dry wall though, if you are hanging something right on a stud, a nail/screw will be better!
Alrighty, these are my favorite tips that I use for my own gallery walls at home! I am thinking I am going to do two other posts down the road that revolve around this same theme. One about picking out photos for your gallery, and one about different frame combinations if you are looking for something a little different than what I have on my walls!
Let me know what you think!
Have a wonderful evening! I will see you next Thursday!