Creating a gallery wall is certainly not a new concept. It has been raved over in countless home interior websites and magazines, as well as featured on other personal style blogs. But today, I want to breakdown the structure and itemize different ways you can personally organize your own gallery wall in either your home office, living space, or hallway. You could even add a gallery wall on the space that leads up a stairway or children’s bedroom. The possibilities are endless, but the concept should always remain clear and cohesive.
Step #1: Create a theme
The pictures you choose to incorporate in a gallery wall should tell a story. Whether its a personal collage of family pictures or distinctive prints that relay a message- there should be organized content that displays meaning and depth within it’s composition.
Step #2: Choose your frames
There are so many options for framing pictures and this is where you can start to add a stylish touch to the photos and prints you choose to display in your gallery. Depending on the theme, the frames add flow to the representation of your collage. For a rustic look, use wooden frames. For a vintage glam look, use gold or silver antique frames. For a minimalist look, use black or white or a mix between the two. However, please do not forgo the usage of frames for without them, the gallery wall will tend to look careless and sloppy.
Step #3: Organize the placement
Once you’ve chosen your pictures and framed them, organize a layout in how you want to arrange them in your gallery wall. Placement of your photos can assist in the story you are telling within your gallery. You can choose a specific order of arrangement depending on the actual photos or the sizes of the photos. Arrangement can be centered, columns, straight lines, or fitted together to show a cluster.
Step #4 (optional): Add a mix of prints within your photos
Gallery walls can be eclectic when you add either a printed quote or a print of a painting within the mix. I’ve also admired gallery walls with nothing but paintings or prints and no personal photos. It’s all up to you, so be creative and have fun with it.
Step #5 (optional): Add a mirror to your gallery wall
Mirrors added to a gallery wall looks best when placed in the center to bring focus to a collective look. Of course, this step is strictly optional. However, I think it adds an artistic quality and I’ve even seen gallery walls with just mirrors in various sizes that creates a pleasing aesthetic to a living space.
Step #6 (optional): Add a decorative piece to your gallery wall
Adding an opposing element to your photos can create juxtaposition. In correlation with the photos, the mixture of an artistic piece can take your gallery wall to a different level in terms of just being a space to showcase photographs and art.