Gallery walls are one of the easiest ways to add a statement to a plain room, but they can be very hard to get right. Any type of wall art arrangement needs to look effortless, but it’s easy to let variety spill into chaos and the process can be overwhelming. We’ve taken a look at hundred of types of gallery walls and wall art arrangements and come up with 4 tips that make them work every single time.
Your wall art style can be all your own, it may incorporate family pictures or professional portraits. Wall art can be incorporate any theme, style, or focus that you’d like. Once you know what style for, here are the tips to make it look perfect.
Save yourself (and your walls) the trauma of nailing hole after hole, a little this way, and a little that. Rehearse your wall using butcher paper, kraft paper, or even newspaper. Trace each piece you’d like to include, label the tracing, and cut it out. Then you can try out different placements and arrangements until it looks perfect. You can also leave the paper up for a couple of days to be sure you’re happy with the positioning. When you’re ready, use the papers to mark where all your holes need to go to make hanging much easier.
Don’t be restricted to walls
I love this idea of bringing wall art around the corner just a little bit. It adds a focus to one room, and a little bit of extra to the next. This works especially well in homes that have an open concept floor plan, where rooms blend together. It definitely brings a level of professionalism to your décor and looks intentional when it is done correctly.
Find a common ground
Gallery walls are full of variety, that’s what makes them beautiful, but there needs to be one piece of common ground when choosing what to hang. Common ground elements may be found in color, shape, frame, photo, etc. In this example, there are 2, possibly 3 common elements: 1) the colors, 2) the frames, and you could argue the style is also a common ground, lots of strong lines, bold letters, etc. Because the prints in this example are all bright, the frames are simple and minimalistic. If you wanted bright, bold frames, perhaps choose simple black and white photographs or art.
Draw imaginary lines
When you’re trying to arrange your wall art, draw an imaginary line through and/or around your area. This gives you some guidelines to work with when trying to fit different shapes into one space. The line through the area can be horizontal or vertical, but should provide some type of balance to the pieces. Each piece goes above or below the line, depending on where it looks best. The line around should provide boundaries to the space, each piece should be within the boundary by at least 3 inches.
I hope these tips make sense and help you add beautiful wall art to your home without the headache! I’d love to see pictures and comments of what you’ve created with your own space.
Love this article? Pin it!