Monday, January 26, 2015

Hanging a Great Gallery Wall

The gallery wall has very much been in trend over the past year and it continues to be an outstanding way to present your favorite art pieces. I currently have two small gallery walls in my house and they both have a more neutral and uniform vibe (think Ikea Ribba frame style!). While I don't mind this "matchy matchy" look and will likely keep one of my walls looking this way, I am very much drawn to the mix of white, black, and tan frames. Gallery walls can also vary in size. Personally, the bigger the better!

image via pinterest 

So are you ready to take the dive and fill your walls with something to look at? If you already have that collection of art prints in desperate need for a frame and a place to be displayed, this is a great way to start! Great, cheap frames can be found at places like Ikea, Pottery Barn, craft stores like Michael's (use a coupon for an ever better deal!). Or if you are more of a vintage kind of gal, run, don't walk, to your nearest flea market or thrift store to find a variety of old frames! A lot of these unfortunately need their glass replaced, so count on an extra trip if you decide to head this route. (fyi you can get custom shapes of glass cut at places like Home Depot and Lowe's!)
If you decide to start with frames first (like I did), this is fine as well!

1. Once you have gathered your frames, lay them out on the floor to get an idea of how you want to hang them- in what pattern and aspect. 

2. Once this has been decided, trace each frame on kraft paper and cut the shapes out. Tape these to the wall in the exact pattern you intend to hang the frames and tape them up with painter's tape. Make sure you evenly space out each piece (I usually do 3 inches).

3. Locate hook location for each frame and mark it on the kraft paper. 

4. Then, nail each nail where the marks are. Once all nails are in place, you can rip away the kraft paper, hang your frames and BAM! You have yourself a mighty fine gallery wall!!

This is my favorite look and I really hope you take advantage of a wall in your house to style your own! Below I have a few of my favorites rounded up from my Pinterest board.

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