7 Must-Know Rules for Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall
June 24, 2016
Home DecorHome DIYInterior Design
What's the last thing you do when you're getting ready to go out on Friday night? Put jewelry on, right? It's the final step that completes your look. Well, I like to think about my home the same exact way, from glowing candles tucked in corners to luxe throws and of course, art on the walls. Ah, the gallery wall—the one thing we all still have on our home to do list. Well, throw procrastination out the door friends because we've got Agata Dimmich of Passion Shake walking us through the step-by-step today!
From Agata Dimmich of Passion Shake... My favorite part of each interior project is definitely decorating! In case you thought I preferred having concrete on my face, paint under my nails, cleaning or have a back pain from carrying furniture, nope. I don’t. I’m much more happy when I get to play with the pretty things - like hanging Art.

The most important thing about the gallery wall is WHAT the wall says and I guess if my could speak, we would be having a relaxed kind of conversations. I’m definitely one of these people who like to be surrounded by pretty pieces which get me in a good mood, nothing too heavy or dark. So, today I will share with you a few tips and tricks I follow each time when hanging art.

1. Choose color palette

This is quite important, unless you are going for a totally eclectic and random look. To make your gallery wall coherent, try to think about main colors you want to see and choose your art accordingly (I would go with 3 main colors, in my case it was pink (kind of predictable!) gray and white + a few side colors. On my wall you can see pops of black + brownish + green.

2. Mix your Art

Try to choose different kinds of art and different sizes to create interesting look and then mix them all up – I have used – graphic art, watercolor, typography with my own framed photography, a DIY art...and a hat.

3. Frame your art

Somebody once told me that the frames should be chosen for the art not for a room – hence even if you think that a gold, antique frame would go great with your room decor, maybe it’s not the best choice for a modern, graphic poster. I think you got the point. Of course it is important to keep in mind, the look of the room, when choosing frames but make sure they enhance the art you are going to place inside or go for neutral, light frames like I did.

4. Now comes the hard part

How do I hang my art? I’m not sure if I’m an expert but I have hung art a few times in my life so I can share with you my experience. Once your art is framed, arrange it on a floor to see how much space it takes when grouped together, as ONE gallery wall. Then play with the arrangement until you like the composition. I have arranged it, in front of the sofa, so I could immediately see the width of the composition in regards to the sofa size.

5. Add unexpected element

Who said gallery wall has to consist only of frames? Add mirros / clocks / dream catchers / clothing items (a hat like me or necklace), dried flowers / vintage camera / geometric mobile – get creative and see what will look best on your wall.

6. Wall check

You probably know this already but it is the best way to check how your composition works, without immediately attacking your wall with a hammer is to trace and cut each frame to size. I have used carton boxes but you can also use colorful paper. Then, hang the cut pieces on the wall using washi tape and see if you like the final result. I didn’t.

I loved my arrangement when it was on the floor, however once I hung it the carton cut outs on the wall I realized some ‘frames’ are too high. The good thing is, if this happens, you are still on time to make adjustments without having wall full of holes.

7. Heights

I guess there are no rules on how high the frames should be hung, it is important that when you stand in front of your gallery wall, you don’t have to look up or down, it is right at your eyes’ level. Also remember to leave minimum 5 cm distance between your frames.

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