How To Create The Perfect Gallery Wall
Because we've spent most of our time (if not all) indoors over the past couple of months, we're sure you've also started some home improvement projects during lockdown which for me included decluttering (thanks Marie Kondo) and rethinking our internal spaces. Our homes should be filled with our favorite things and have pockets of spaces that are calm, bright and happy but still functional.
One of the projects we started included creating a gallery wall filled with art we've collected over the years, our children's pictures and prints from our travels. At first, I thought that I needed an expert to help me, but then I realised that it's really quite simple and the best way to overhaul a room and give it a little more sophistication. And the best part was that I didn't need to paint the wall or order expensive wallpaper. All I needed were some frames, pictures, hooks and a hammer - and of course a little bit of creativity. Here are some tips from our experience:
- A good gallery wall design starts with a hero piece. Use this as a starting point, and add the other frames to compliment your look.
- Choose photo frames that compliment each other and don't be afraid to mix textures, materials and objects that will make a really unique statement.
- If you're using prints or photos, experiment with high gloss, semi-gloss or matte photo paper to see what looks best.
- Before you hammer in the first hook, lay out the framed prints on the floor to see the entire collection grouped together. Move things around until you feel comfortable with your look. Or do a trial run on the wall by cutting pieces of paper the same size as the frames and positioning them on the wall with removable sellotape or painters tape.