Gallery walls are the perfect way to cover any bare space while also adding interest, creating a focal point, and instantly giving a room a finished, pulled together look. I love gallery walls because I love collecting things, and this is such a beautiful way to display a collection or grouping. My favorite gallery walls are those that mix vintage and new items for a cool and eclectic look. Below, I've put together a quick guide to creating your own gallery wall with some of my favorite inspiration photos.
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1. GATHER YOUR COLLECTION
Most gallery walls begin with some artwork. Collect prints that you love, vintage paintings, photographs, and artwork of all sizes and shapes. You can stick to a very specific color scheme or theme (for example: all black and white prints, or all equestrian themed art), or just pick things that you love and throw them together. It really depends on the overall style and mood of your space. If you're going for a minimal and modern feel, consider a very limited color scheme with clean-lined matching frames; but if you are going for an eclectic, collected look you can mix and match tons of different colors and styles of art and prints. Adding three-dimensional items like our gold spikes, faux taxidermy, shelving, or trinkets, takes any gallery wall up a notch and really gives it a unique feel.
FRAMES + HARDWARE
Many of your prints, artwork, or photos may require frames. If you have purchased some vintage pieces they may already have frames and as long as these fit into your overall look, I would keep them! I'm always on the look out for good and inexpensive frames while thrifting, but I also have good luck finding them at Target, At Home, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods. Depending on the overall style of your space, you can choose to have all matching frames or mix and match. If you would like to use a picture ledge or shelving for some photos, both Target and Ikea have some great, budget-friendly options.
3. LAYING IT OUT
Now comes the most tedious part of creating your gallery wall: deciding your arrangement and hanging all your items. Honestly I am too impatient and usually just eyeball it, but if you want to be sure you like your arrangement before you start hanging, try this super easy method from Momtastic. If you need ideas on how to get started on a layout or how to fit your arrangement into your space, check out layout ideas here and here.
Now you can step back and enjoy your gallery wall which will undoubtedly be the focal point of your room. The best part of creating a gallery wall is that you can continue to collect, restyle, and add to it for years to come! It is such a great way to actually display a collection of special things that you love instead of just having them packed away in boxes or drawers. If you are stumped on where to get started on your gallery wall, check out the "shop the look" section at the end of this post. We have all of prints, art, and unique finds that you need to create a chic, eclectic gallery wall in one stop!