Over the past few years, gallery walls or photo walls have grown increasingly popular as an easy way to modernize your interiors, alter monotonous walls, create a central focus in your house, and provide some character and individuality to your living space. For a feature wall in your living room, you can use a gallery wall rather than paint or wallpaper.
A gallery wall may be placed virtually anywhere in a room, which opens up a world of styling options. Don’t be scared to think outside of the box when it comes to creating a gallery wall. With this step-by-step instruction, you’ll be able to create a gallery wall in your own living room effortlessly.
1. Make a Collection
It’s never too early or too late to start a collection of arts that you enjoy. The size of your collection and how you want it to be arranged are important considerations as you begin to collect. Do you want them all to be the same size? Or do you want to work with a variety of different sizes? Go to house fairs and exhibitions for ideas or get some inspiration from your favorite restaurants, cafes, or even on Pinterest or Instagram!
2. Pick a Theme
Pick out your favorites and organize them by themes, such as family, special places or events, or any other blend that means something to you once you’ve compiled a collection you’re happy with. If you want to display art or prints in a certain room, choose colors that match the décor or match the atmosphere of the room. The ones that bring a smile to your face, too!
3. Figure out the Number
Decide whether odd or even numbers are more effective. Even numbers can work well in structured groupings of the same size in some cases, but odd numbers play well in more randomized layouts or groupings of the same size.
4. Measure Your Space
Lay out your assortment on the floor to see how much space you have to work with. Take a step back and take a look at them all together, allowing a little space for the frame. Is there anything that pops out to you? Remove it if this is the case. Is there any room for improvement? Using a camera, capture all of the potential combinations.
5. Choose the Frames
Once you’re satisfied with the design, it’s time to order your frames. Determine if they should match or contrast with the background. It’s up to you whether or not you want them all the same color or a rainbow of shades. It’s possible to add visual interest to a room by combining different designs of frames in the same color. Buying framed or ready-to-hang canvases in a box is an option if you’re shopping for art.
6. Design the Layout
Which would you prefer: perfect rows or a more natural setting? Make an inventory of your original photos and determine whether or not the framed versions still meet your goals. Is there anything you’d like to change? Take another picture when you’re feeling good.
7. Hang the Pieces
Nails or picture hooks and a hammer or nail gun are required. If you’re a first-timer, it’s a good idea to create your own paper templates.
Additionally, you’ll need a pencil and eraser, a ruler, and wall putty in the event that you make mistakes. The corners of the frames should be lightly drawn on the walls. Measure and mark where you want the nail holes to be on the picture frame.
Using a hammer, pound them into submission. A spirit level can help you check your work for straightness. If you plan on using a nail gun, be sure to invest in a quality air compressor.
Sit back and take in the beauty of what you’ve accomplished. Remember that your gallery wall can be effortlessly updated with new favorites at any time. Remove what you don’t want and either reinstall or buy a new piece of the same dimensions.