Weekend Project: Gallery Wall How To
Since it seems to be downright fridged just about everywhere this week, we can't think of a better way to spend the weekend than by laying low and working on a few indoor projects, like finally creating that gallery wall with all the art you've been hoarding!
Let's be honest, there are enough gallery wall how-to's out there to last a lifetime. Many say to get out paper, scissors, a level and a bunch of other tools that can sometimes make the entire process seem like more trouble than it's worth. We've got a little bit of a different strategy that will hopefully inspire you to finally take the leap of faith in creating your dream gallery wall.
- Start on the floor by laying out all of the art that you're thinking about using. Begin with the piece that stands out the most to you and use it as your anchor, from there start moving and arranging. Don't be afraid to incorporate pieces besides art--mirrors, antlers, and collected objects are some of our go-to's.
- Pay attention to what looks good together. The colors of the frames and the art do matter, try to mix it up and most importantly, listen to your gut. Once you think you're happy with it, take a step back to see how it looks from a distance.
- Find yourself a buddy. Having a second pair of eyes and hands makes the process move a lot faster. Plus, they can hold hammers and art while you make decisions.
Once you're happy with your test run on the floor, get your wall hanging tools ready. We recommend starting in one of two places, either from the bottom moving upwards or from the center moving out and around the focal piece. This is when a tape measure comes in handy!
Like on the floor, once you place your first piece, the rest will come together pretty easily. You may decide to make a few changes as you go and that's OK, like we said in step two, go with your gut because at the end of the day, you know what you like and how it should look. Tip: Use thin nails and don't hammer all the way the first time (be gentle), this way if you make a mistake you can remove the nail easily without marking up the wall.
- When you're finished, a round of applause is necessary and well deserved, as is a large glass of red wine. Bravo!