Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall
Today we have Emily A. Clark designer extraordinaire with us to continue our discussion on How to Create a Gallery Wall. I think you’ll find that her approach has some similarities to Shelley’s but her technique is also quite different….which is what I love! This series is about gleaning tips that work for YOU and your style, not about following a bunch of rigid rules.
However, one rule remains true: gallery walls require an artistic eye and hands down Emily has one, or..er…two! Here is just a small sampling of those artist-eyes hard at work:
Make Your Gallery Wall Personal
I’m a big believer in creating gallery walls to fill lots of wall space without spending lots of money. It’s also a wonderful way to mix personal momentos with pretty pieces of art.
Last year when I designed our home office, I decided to include a gallery wall and documented the process. Although there’s no right or wrong way to arrange the elements, this is how mine evolved.
Gallery Wall Tip: Start with a Focal Object
I started by hanging this mirror smack in the middle. It was a HomeGoods purchase that had been sitting around, not being used, for way too long. It was small, but I thought a mirror might lighten the dark wall up a bit:
Hang Items in a Pattern
No rhyme or reason here. I chose my next biggest frame (a beautiful vintage typewriter photograph) and hung it above the mirror to add some height to this display. Then, I chose three of my favorite photographs of the kids and started working my way out. I also like mixing in unexpected elements–like the “C”–to add interest.
Collect a Mix of Photos and Art
Start in Middle of Wall and Work Out