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HOW TO: GALLERY WALLS

If you are looking to add a little more charm to your space, a simple and effective way is by incorporating a Gallery wall. When decorating, you can adjust the artwork to any size room or space you have in your home. This is a fun (and let's face it.. less messy) alternative to repainting your space in order to elevate certain areas of your home. You may be finding it difficult to add excitement to some areas and this is where your collection comes in! We’ve gathered the essential steps in beginning a project that may have seemed intimidating at first. Your desired aesthetic will flow effortlessly throughout your home by adding special pieces that are unique to your style!


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1. Be intentional with your layout

While putting together a gallery wall may seem overwhelming at first, the first step in creating your wall is by putting together a layout. Whether your wall includes four art pieces, or a dozen, you will need to have a plan to establish a cohesive look. Before committing to your display, a great way to test out your layout is by taping cut out shapes of your frames. Use the tape to play around and find the perfect coordination of your pieces. This will help you in deciding what structure suits your home best while avoiding any unnecessary holes in your walls (phew).

Another helpful way to begin your gallery endeavor is by choosing whether your layout is odd or even. Do you prefer a more symmetrical style? If so then even numbers and clean lines are your way to go. By utilizing the approach of even numbers, this will give your wall a more balanced appearance. This may be a good idea for you if you are looking to add more structure to a certain room in your home. On the other hand, maybe you would like to add an abstract element to your wall. For this plan you will want to include a balance of vertical and horizontal frames. Pairing your art in odd numbers and shapes will add interest to your space and will encourage viewers to look around making for an overall more exciting visual experience.


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2. Match your frames to the tone and style of your paintings Here comes the fun part in putting together your Gallery wall- bringing together a collection of your favorite pieces! When using an assortment of photos, it’s important to set a tone to your gallery to avoid your wall becoming scattered. To establish connection between your paintings, using similar frames (such as the gold pictures above) will aid in tying your work together. If you have a plethora of frames try to use art that is similar in color, such as earthy tones or vintage art.

3. Start with a larger piece to work around (1, 2, 3)

Contrary to the rules of painting, you will want to start in the middle when assembling your collection. A good rule of thumb is to start with your largest piece and then arrange from there. Whether you use odd or even layout, you will want to keep at least a couple inches in between your art to avoid overcrowding. Over time you can switch out certain art for mirrors or any new addition you feel would update your look. Don’t be afraid to play around with other unique items such as lights, plants, or clocks!


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Article contributed by: Autumn Snyder

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