Gallery walls are these cool eclectic collections of pieces that their curators aka “hangers” aka “babes just like you” put up on a section of wall in an asymmetrical pattern. It’s basically a wall of things you love, that don’t necessarily go together, but are all tied together by one theme: It’s a bunch of sh#t that speaks to you. Gallery walls are kinda “laissez-faire” in vibe. My hunch on why they’ve gone so viral is because they’re hipster in spirit. The asymmetry and assortment are an “I don’t care/I’m not trying” revolt on traditional gallery perfection. Call it what you will…It’s gorgeous, it’s artsy and I’m in total LOVE!
So… What does one put on a gallery wall?
Anything! I mean anything you want. There’s just one rule: That it speaks to you. Think of it like a Pinterest board for your home.
Gallery walls don’t have to cost a lot. You can make one for under 20$ easily. Use things you have kicking around at home, think repurpose. A bunch of house old keys glued in a frame can make a great piece. Check out your local thrift store for old picture frames. Old frames can be painted and filled with cool things like maps of places you’ve been and book pages.
Do you have a crafty super power? Cross stitch maybe? How about trying your hand at a badass piece like this?
Gallery walls are about baring your soul a little. They’re most interesting when they include one of a kind pieces.
Don’t be afraid to be creative, let the artist out, improvise. It’s incredible what you can do with some geometric inspiration, a couple hooks and some twine. It’s your space, fill it with your essence.
For the wall real-estate you’re not quite sure what to do with. Use Prints. Here a few of my favs.
Last on my list of ideas but most certainly not least, my fav, a bust. (pun intended) Ha.
Okay. So you’ve been crafting, searching and collecting for weeks. You’ve got all your pieces, your ready to take this project to the next level and hang it up. At this stage, the usual thoughts are “How am I ever going to make this hodge-podge of radness look good together?!” & “How do I organize it?” The answers are “Easy” & “Easy”. Not unlike your last girlfriend. OOooh! Seriously though cheating girlfriends aside, I promise you this “thing” will work out. The whole principal behind gallery walls is Asymmetry. The order and placement will always work as long as you follow this one simple rule: Hang everything the SAME distance apart.
It’s not always easy to see the forest for the trees. To get a good visual of what your gallery wall will look like before you commit to poking nail holes all over. Try arranging your pieces on a a large piece of paper. Wrapping paper is really inexpensive and works great. Lay the wrapping paper out on the floor. You can tape two sheets together (one above the other) for height if necessary. Arrange all your pieces exactly like you want them. Then trace out your pieces. Pro Tip: Write descriptions in the margins if you have several pieces that are similar in size.
To take this art picnic from floor to the wall, use painters tape. Tape the paper to the wall and don’t forget to check that it’s level. Don’t forget your “Levels, levels, levels, levels.” girls. As Nick Jonas puts it. This is now your road map. You now know exactly where to put your nails. Use a nail to mark the spots where you want your hangers to go. Then just take the paper down gently, so it doesn’t rip, and lay it back on the floor to use as a guide. I’m super visual, so I found putting all the pictures and pieces back on the paper made my guide easier to follow. Hang all your pieces one by one and voila! You have a trendy and one-of-a-kind gallery wall.
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