I really love gallery walls. We have one in our entry hall, and I feel like it is such a focal point in our house. Gallery walls, if you remember, are one of my ways to spruce up your entry hall on a budget, but they work just about anywhere! I am planning on having another one in our bedroom, if I can ever get it together.
Gallery walls are a little intimidating. When I did one for the first time, I was really overwhelmed. I had no idea what I was doing. You can find lots of posts on Pinterest on the EXACT way you should lay out your gallery wall, but I am going to be honest – I don’t believe in them. To me, there isn’t a right way to do a gallery wall. And unfortunately you just have to try different things until it works for you. I have moved things over and over until it was just the way I wanted it. It is kind of like styling bookcases, you just have to play until you are happy.
I do, however, have a few tips to help you get started. While it can be overwhelming, if you just have fun and use pieces that you love, you will get there, I promise!
Have a theme
You can have a strict theme, like all pictures in black and white, or a loose theme like the framed pictures will all be in white frames. I think it helps to have a similar color pattern going on to tie it together. I’ve got a lot of blues and pinks in mine.
Mix it up
I love mixing different pieces together – family pictures, abstract art, quirky prints, objects. Unless you have a theme that is only family pictures, I think mixing it up makes it feel more well rounded and really gives it some added interest. Also, play with the sizes of everything. Don’t have the same size for all of your pieces (unless of course that is part of your theme).
Start from the center
Start with the center piece and work your way out. For our entry hall, I started with the mirror. Then I built around that. I think it helps to have a central focal point (even if it is just the focal point in your head).
Play with layout
Don’t be afraid to try a different things. Instead of putting a bunch of holes in the wall, either try laying it out on the ground or taping up pieces of paper so you can get an idea of how the sizes will work (or do both!). My dad helped me hang mine, so he was really patient with me while I tried different things. I like a little bit of a haphazard layout where things aren’t perfectly symmetrical. But I have seen some really pretty ones that are all black and white pictures in the same frames all perfectly lined up together. That is a personal taste, but I think if you have a mixture of things, the layout works best if it isn’t symmetrical. If everything is the same size, same type of piece (all family photos, all wedding photos, all black and white, etc), then symmetrical might be the way to go.
Sometimes you just have to step away. Leave it alone and come back to it later. I do this with just about everything – grocery list, blog post, something at work. Sometimes if you step away from it for a little while, you can get a little clarity or inspiration.
The main thing is don’t get frustrated. If you are interested in reading more about artwork for gallery walls, make sure to sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this post. It is going to be one of the things I am discussing for the September Edit!