Creating A Gallery Wall

How To Create A Gallery Wall

Artwork by: Faye Moorhouse, Papio Press, and Ryan Dean-Corke

There is something beautiful about a hanging a gallery wall in our home. It’s a simple way of transforming a blank space into something wonderful with artwork that expresses our personal style and interests. Creating a gallery wall can feel daunting although it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here is an easy guide for styling your own personal gallery so you can share and appreciate the artwork you own.

Choosing Artwork and Frames

The best gallery walls are personal and meaningful; don’t feel you have to hang specific styles by certain artists to impress. If your living space is busy with a lot of colours, patterns, textures, or styles, you will be better off sticking to artwork with a specific colour palette. Likewise, if your space presents a clean palette to work with, bolder artwork will allow the gallery wall to really stand out.

Choosing which frames to use should always depend on the artwork they will hold; consider what works best with the artwork you have chosen and opt for frames that compliment. Choosing plain frames gives a clean, uncluttered appearance, however, a mixture of sizes, style, and colour really works well to draw the eye across prints. If your choice in artwork is varied and bold, you might want to keep all the frames simple and in unison.

If you’re just starting out and haven’t collected any artwork yet, Minted is a wonderful place to start. They sell a huge collection of artwork by independent artists, illustrators, designers, and photographers; you can buy prints in a variety of sizes, with or without the frames so when your prints arrive they are all ready to hang.

How To Create A Gallery Wall

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Planning It Out

Measure the wall space you want to cover and map it out on the floor; marking or taping off the dimensions on the floor will enable you to plan out the arrangement of prints and artwork before hanging it all on the wall. This avoids misjudgements and mistakes and allows you to play around with the arrangement to find the best layout and spacing between art. Position the largest piece first, positioning it in the centre tends to work best. If you don’t have one piece larger than all the rest, group together a couple of smaller pieces that compliment each other.

While balance and symmetry creates a structured gallery wall, you don’t have to stick to such a uniform layout; playing with spacing, size, and structure can allow a gallery wall to stand out and become the focal point of the room. Move things around, pair artwork up, see what works; it’s all about finding a layout that looks pleasing to you and allows the artwork to shine.

Hanging The Artwork

Depending on how you want your gallery wall to look, you can hang your artwork in different ways. Measuring out the layout and marking where each frame should hang will give you a uniform, evenly spaced gallery wall. You can do this easily by measuring each frame and taping off its position on the wall. This method is useful if you have limited space and/or you won’t be adding any more artwork at a later date. Just make sure, if you’re going for even spacing and a uniform finish, you double check measurements to make certain they are right. If, like me, you prefer the frames to be less orderly and hung in a less uniform way and you plan on adding more art to your wall, you can replicate your floor plan by eye. Either way, start with the middle print(s) and move outwards.

Gallery walls tend to work best when the centre piece is at eye level (or around 150cms from the floor), although always go with what looks best with the space you’ve got. It’s advisable to get someone to help hang a gallery wall with you, getting them to stand across the room while you hang each print will ensure each frame is positioned straight - then just stand back and enjoy your new gallery wall.