The gallery wall is more than a trend at this point—it’s proven to be a lasting staple of the design world. What’s behind the success of the gallery wall? It allows you to show off your favorite items in a cohesive and stylized display, while the virtually endless options of arrangements and frames mean that it can be easily incorporated into any number of existing aesthetics.
Whether you’re all about the pop-art prints or you’d simply like to display some favorite family photos, you can create your own personalized gallery wall with the help of a few simple guidelines and an open mind.
Pick your prints.
This is the fun part. If you’re channeling an eclectic, boutique-y feel, gather a healthy variety of paintings, photos, drawings and whatever other items you’d like to mount on the wall. Thinking of something a bit more streamlined? Try pieces that share a common thread throughout, whether it’s a particular color, medium, style or subject.
Find your frames.
Do you love a vintage vibe? Flea markets and second-hand stores have some great finds that are easy to spray-paint to achieve your desired look. Did you play with pattern in your prints? Simple mirrored or black frames may help to create balance and uniformity.
Drop your anchor.
Start with your largest item first. To keep this standout from stealing the show, hang it off-center and fill the space with other favorites. If you’re more of a planner, you can preview your layout by testing out different arrangements on the ground (remember to record your measurements!), or by hanging paper cut-outs that are the same size as your framed prints on the wall with tape.
Mind your measurements.
If you’re creating your gallery above a sofa, leave 8 inches between the top of your furniture and the base of the frame to ensure your prized prints are at the perfect viewing height. To that end, limit your gallery to two vertically-hung works, or three if they’re especially small.
Forget the rules.
While some general guidelines prove helpful for certain projects, one of the greatest appeals of gallery walls is the creativity they encourage. Dying for an impactful, floor-to-ceiling gallery? Forget the measurements. Don’t let overthinking ruin your fun!
A gallery wall is a great way to make a statement and showcase some of your favorite memories or most-prized items. No matter what your style is, a great gallery is just a few frames away.