When we first moved into our home, I put all of my frames in one area and spent days staring at my blank walls. The decorator in me was itching to pick up a hammer and nail and start pounding away. However I really tried to take my time to decide what would go where. Usually, I just start hanging and move things several times over the years, but this time I wanted to be more methodical. After a while my husband started wondering if something was medically wrong with me when several weeks later, we still had blank walls.
Eventually, I did start to hang one item at a time, but I spent a lot of time deciding how to arrange my frames on the wall and placing items in specific places to get the look I was going for. If you find yourself staring at blank walls, consider these tips on arranging a photo gallery wall.
Eventually, I did start to hang one item at a time, but I spent a lot of time deciding how to arrange my frames on the wall and placing items in specific places to get the look I was going for. If you find yourself staring at blank walls, consider these tips on arranging frames on a wall to create a beautiful display in any space.
Think First, Nail Later
The thinking phase really pays off. Consider where your eye is drawn in the room. What is the space where most people will see? What do you want to be the focus of the room? Do you need functional hangings like a clock or calendar? Or just family pictures that art that brings joy? Consider all aspects of your space before you start nailing your photo gallery wall.
Group your photos into sets that go together. Maybe you have several pieces from a similar artist, or a family photo shoot, school photos, etc. Making groups of your picture sometimes helps to see what you have a lot of. These large groups need a lot of space. Perhaps you decide to break up photos chronologically, or by child. I love to have different types of photos in different rooms. For example, I have naked baby pictures in the bathroom, it just seems to fit nicely. I keep all wedding photos in the master bedroom, and I like to have family pictures in common living space.
Process of Elimination
Use the process of elimination to decide what to put where. Perhaps you have one or two photos that are so large they will only fit in one spot. You may have pictures or art you don’t necessarily want or need everyone to see, so those can go in a hallway or bedroom, where guests may or may not see them. You will want your most important pictures and art in a prominent position, and other pieces can fill in where necessary. Use this process of elimination to begin to decide what goes where.
Just because you have a photo in the hallway doesn’t mean it has to stay forever. If you don’t like your placement, it’s easy to move things around. You don’t have to be bogged down with the stress of making holes in the wall, just keep a little spackle and a small container of paint on hand and you can repair holes as you go. Once you have mapped out your photo gallery wall, it will beautiful!
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