April 9, 2019
I don’t know about you, but one of the many things that catches my eye on Pinterest or in magazines like Coastal Living is gallery walls. They always look so pretty and effortless, but I think we can all agree, they can be anything but!
Creating a cohesive gallery wall is a lot of work! My husband and I created ours when we first moved into our house almost 6 years ago. It took a lot of planning and half of our day, but it ended up being some great bonding time while recently engaged.
With also owning a print shop, I often get asked about how to create one, so I figured I’d share a few things to keep in mind while you nail it – (literally)!
Incorporate items you love so the wall is more meaningful to you.
When creating a gallery wall, pick items that hold meaning. Your wall can be more than just traditional picture frames. It can be a combination of frames, art, objects – you name it! It’s your time to be creative.
1. The items included in the wall need to be connected to at least one other piece.
When laying it all out, make sure the objects and frames are in line with a nearby object in some way. What do I mean by this? Take the picture below, for example.
The mirror lines up with the frame’s edge and is evenly spaced out.
2. Lay it out. Map it out.
After you’ve identified your gallery wall items, use your floor or bed to lay it all out. You will start to see how some objects or images just look better next to others.
Look for patterns and don’t be afraid to play with it! Move things around until it feels just right.
You will also want to think about creating a focal point. Which item do you want to make a statement or be the most impactful? Maybe you put that one right in the center.
That being said, you may have to be flexible when it comes to actually hanging everything. Ever since we put ours up, Pinterest has come out with so many useful tools and suggestions.
If I were to redo it today, I would probably implement the craft paper and painter’s tape method.
It’s where you make paper cut-outs sized to each frame/object and actually tape it to the wall before hammering any holes into the wall.
This serves as a visual and allows you to make any last minute changes so you don’t spend the rest of the day caulking!
3.The middle isn’t always the starting place. (Rule of Thirds)
I’ll pause to admit a little caveat…I’ve been blessed with a very skilled handyman as a husband.
If he can’t figure it out, he finds a way to figure it out. He researches, explores YouTube, and searches on Instagram. Being the jack of all trades that he is, he really comes in handy when doing projects like these!
Okay, back to it: the rule of thirds.
While working on our gallery, we started from the far left side and worked our way toward the right side of the wall, next to the window. We naturally found the center focal point, while moving from left to right.
Much like photography, the rule of thirds also comes into play in interior design – like hanging wall art!
4. Have a central theme.
Big surprise, our theme is always coastal! 🙃🐚
In addition to that, we’ve identified a general color scheme and I try to choose objects and frames that coordinate within it.
Whatever theme you decide on, just be sure to look for commonalities with the items you pair together or it will feel unorganized.
5. Make it a day date.
Like I mentioned earlier, we decided to make this whole project a little day date!
We woke up on a Saturday and spent quite a few hours working on it together.
Although, I swear, my husband will probably never want to do a gallery again wall because of how long it took. Ha!
Ohhh but little does he know, I already have plans for our next house, even if we aren’t exactly moving any time soon.
Fill up your coffee mugs, turn on some jams, collaborate on ideas, create your plan, and just make it fun!
You can always take breaks if you need to, but it really is a great bonding experience.
The end result is totally worth it and something you’ll both look fondly on for a long time to come!
I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, drop them below in the comments and I’ll be sure to get back to you.