Today’s Bite Size Design Tip is all about how to create a gallery wall.
Gallery walls are the perfect way to make a personal statement in your home. The pieces you choose should express your own personal style and what you like. Think of gallery walls as a visual story board showing off your personal loves. The rule for choosing what to hang is there isn’t any! And you don’t necessarily have to go out and spend a fortune on artwork. Have a rifle through your drawers and cupboards for old photographs, sketches, drawings, postcards and the like. It’ll all help make a more personal statement. You could also check out local charity shops for frames and do a bit of upcycling if your feeling creative.
Ok, ready for some top tips and gallery wall inspiration? Let’s go…..
BITE SIZE DESIGN TIP – #HOW TO CREATE A GALLERY WALL
#1. SIZE MATTERS
Choose artwork that is similar in size to create visual balance. If you add a large piece to your collection of smaller pieces it will look visually unbalanced.
If you have large pieces of artwork start with those first adding additional pieces to it.
Lay out your framed artwork on the floor. Try a few variations and take some photos so you can compare before you hang. Start with 2 to 4 pieces in the centre at the same height to establish a focal point to your collection. Then you can add away until your happy with your overall layout.
You don’t want to be drilling holes into your wall and getting it wrong. Once you’ve got your selection, create templates out of paper by tracing each piece and cutting them out. Next up, use painters tape to place your templates to the wall. You’ll not only be sure where to drill, but it will give the chance to make sure your happy with your placements.
#3. MIND THE GAP
Try and keep the distance between each piece of artwork consistent, 1 or 2 inches is good. For larger pieces you can increase the distance a little more.
If you’re going to hang your art gallery over furniture, such as a sofa, leave at least 8 inches between the base frame to the top of the furniture.
#4. GO OFF CENTRE
You’ll probably have a picture that is going to be the main attraction, but this doesn’t mean it has to be centred. Hang additional pieces to the left or right of the centre for a less formal arrangement.
#5. ADD DIMENSION
By adding items such as mirrors, clocks, letters, you can create visual depth and interest to your gallery wall.
#6. CHOOSE A COLOUR PALETTE
If you’re looking to create a cohesive look and feel to your gallery, choose pieces to add that are from the same colour palette.
#7. MIX IT UP
Using different frames, and media for your chosen pieces can create real interest to your gallery wall.
#8. HAVE FUN!
Ultimately, have fun, and try not to over think it. Enjoy the creative process and you’ll end up with a unique gallery that you, and others will enjoy!!
Hopefully, we’re all feeling suitably inspired to crack on with creating our own gallery, I know I am.
Until next time….
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