The Endless Possibilities of a Gallery Wall
One of the most important things about anyone’s home is that it tells its resident’s story. Throughout one’s life, everyone collects memorabilia – paintings from travels, photographs from family albums, shells from a beach walk, prints from grandma, family portraits, etc. How on earth can all of these assorted, mismatched items come together in the same space? One wonderful answer to this question is to create a gallery wall!
If you are nervous about putting together a collection yourself, don’t be! There are several ways to make a gallery wall successful. Here are a few ways to begin one! While they may seem contradictory, it illustrates how endless the possibilities are!
#1 Make it personal! The more unique and varied the elements, the better! What a great way to be inspired at your desk…to be reminded of your past travels!
#2 Keep something consistent – framing. This is a terrific mixture of modern artwork, photographs, and traditional still life paintings. Before these were framed, I’m sure they looked like a hodge-podge. However, since they all have the same white mat, they fit together seamlessly.
#3 Keep something consistent – vary the scale, but keep the same subject. What a fabulous collection of vintage bird prints!
#4 Vary everything! In complete contrast to the previous points, this gallery wall looks great with diverse subject matter and framing techniques, and, it works!
#5 Make everything the same color and size. This orderly approach offers a crisp, clean result.
Another important tip is to practice on the floor before you commit to hanging the pieces on the wall. Start with the largest piece(s), and build around it (them).
Also, you can tape pieces of paper to the wall the same size as the art to get the spacing just right for hammering in the nails.
Most importantly, have fun, and make it yours!