Creating a Gallery Wall

Here’s a common DIY project around the house that often vexes our readers. Exactly how do people get those cool looking gallery walls installed? So everything looks measured out and right to the eye? This is one project that requires a little bit of finesse. Yet it is easy to see why it remains popular. Not only does a gallery wall look great, it can be a fun way to challenge yourself to rethink your space – and your collection of decor. The final product is more than worth the trouble. The gallery wall allows you to uncover secret motifs in your collection, see your favorite objects anew, and create new energy and enthusiasm in your home.

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Art is always a challenge to add to your space because it is so personal. We think the gallery wall is a great project because you can find the motifs that fit your style. The gallery wall is really just a template that challenges you to make strong choices and leave your personal stamp on your interior.

Take the time to assemble your favorite art

A good gallery wall is all about great art. Which is expensive, right? Not necessarily, but remember to take the time to search all your available resources. You want a wide variety of art that you love that also creates a certain feeling all together. It doesn’t *have* to match, but it does have to feel like a collection. And hopefully you can find it on a dime. Search through your personal collection, visit thrift and antique stores, and search online.

Pick a key piece to hold it together

Before you start, pick the piece that *has* to be on the wall. You know the one – the biggest, boldest piece in your collection that you absolutely love. This piece will be like a key to the puzzle. Find a place you think it should live on the wall, and then start to plan around it.

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Vary sizes, orientation, and even frames of art

Switch it up and create variety in your gallery wall. Introduce a variety of shapes and sizes. Have some pieces with a vertical orientation, and leave space for horizontal pieces as well. While matching frames is a great idea, try and have several different types. Two or three frame templates will maintain a balance between eclectic energy and visual unity.

Create a template and measure carefully

Before you hang everything on the wall, make a template on the floor. Also be sure to ask for advice; a second pair of eyes can help you figure out weak spots in your plan. Try out several different designs before settling on one. As a guideline, try to leave a 3 inch space between frames.

Another strategy is to cut out silhouettes of paper or cardboard and tape them to the wall. Now you can see how your design works. If you mark the paper where the hooks are, drilling should be simple.

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