Gallery walls — they are all the rage right now and for good reason. What better way to display your favorite works of art or photographs in one area? You could have completely different pieces, but make it work with one common theme, whether it be a color, texture or pattern. On the flip side, actually figuring out what works — and what doesn’t — takes up too much precious time that nobody has in reality. To help you out, we’ve come up with our top tips on creating a gallery wall. Once you’re ready to test out our ideas, upload your pieces to Shutterfly’s Design-a-Wall virtual tool to see what they look like together before you poke a million holes in your wall.
Tip #1: Choose Any Wall
A gallery wall doesn’t have to be limited to a foyer or living room. Choose walls that are normally bare, such as a staircase wall. HGTV’s John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino hung knicknacks on a bold red wall for an instant upgrade.
Tip #2: Add Personal Touches
Create a custom look by adding your favorite photographs or souvenirs in shadow boxes from your travel experiences. Bonus: This idea serves double duty as a storage solution.
Tip #3: Pick Unexpected Items
A gallery wall doesn’t just have to be framed pieces of art. This wall of hollowed out, cloth-covered books was hung with upholstery nails in each book’s four corners.
Tip #4: Placement, Placement, Placement
Once you’ve chosen all your pieces, it’s time to think of placement. It’s important to pay attention to placement especially when you’re creating a gallery wall above furniture. Be sure not to hang pieces too low or high — a good rule of thumb is eight inches between the base of the frame and top of the furniture piece, says Jen Bekman, founder of the popular online art shop, 20×200.
Tip #5: Be Fearless
A gallery wall is your opportunity to express your likes. So, have fun and don’t worry about going a little crazy. Mixing it up with your favorite items will make your house feel like home.
What are some of your tips for creating the perfect gallery wall?