There are few things I love in a space more than a gallery wall. It seems to just say “home” in such a stylish yet personal way. Maybe I love it so much because it’s inspiring to see a homeowner’s collection of art or photos whimsically displayed on a wall.
This week I’m attempting to complete my own gallery wall as well as a separate family photo wall. Been meaning to do this since our big move, but time slips away as quickly as sand in my hands. I also seem to have a big case of what I like to call selection anxiety disorder as we have 11 years of meaningful pics of our children and I have trouble choosing which ones to hang. I feel a tinge of angst every time I deem one picture “frame worthy” and leave behind five or six in a box. It’s crazy.
Love the magnificence of Amanda Peet’s gallery wall staircase…
In case you may be thinking about a gallery wall in your own space, here are some inspiring pics and thoughts.
Gallery walls come in all shapes and sizes. The subject matter can totally vary or have a more cohesive feel. And the style in hanging can be funky, symmetrical, or a combination. That’s the beauty of a gallery wall…it’s all up to you.
A few guidelines to follow when creating your wall:
- Select a wall that will be a good focal point for the room. Gallery walls are real divas in that they command a great deal of attention. So you want to be sure that the surrounding walls are visually quiet, giving a proper bow to her highness, Ms. Gallery Wall herself. When looking around a room, your eye needs to have certain “resting points.” Otherwise the result is visual chaos.
- Have a table or some standing object that anchors the pictures on your wall. It can even be two chairs with a small table and lamp in between.
- Find your style. Are you into an eclectic grouping like below? Or do you prefer a more symmetrical feel? Much of that decision depends upon your collection. If you have a wide array of art in different sizes and frames, then an eclectic mix will naturally work best for your grouping.
- Consider cutting out templates of your pictures or art in paper and taping them to the wall to play around with your arrangement. Or play with the arrangement on a blank space on your floor. This will save you ample holes in your wall and probably a frustrating or tiresome session hammering away with your mate (voice of experience here). Try this wonderful tutorial on hanging art right here.
- Just like furniture groupings, keep your art huddled together, not too spaced apart. Most importantly, the center of your grouping should be at eye-level. That’s approximately 5.5 feet from the floor. Once you establish that imaginary line, then you can add pictures above and below it.
If you like a more spontaneous look but still prefer more consistency in your moldings, this kind of grouping is a hit.
Here is a similar example of mostly gilded frames with subtle pops of black. I like how the subject matter is all the same. Always a clever look.
A monochromatic palette has a similar soothing effect. This one is especially delicious. Notice how the desk anchors the grouping.
And who couldn’t help but stare at this pop of color amongst a sea of white…the color makes this oh-so-petite gallery wall really pop.
Seeing pics hung all the way to the floor always makes me happy. I think pictures hanging ceiling to floor are best appreciated in nooks, hallways or small rooms.
I’ll share a pic when I complete my own gallery wall. Until then, happy hanging!