Following my Gallery Walls post, a lovely reader emailed me to say that she has wanted to put up a gallery wall for ages but has held back for fear of her arrangement not looking good.
This got me wondering if there is anyone else out there who is holding back for fear of putting holes in the wall only to be unsatisfied with the display arrangement (rectifiable but a bit of a pain). Some people are able to ‘eyeball’ it but some of us need a little more planning to be sure it’s going to look great, so I thought I’d share the simple little tip that I use when helping clients with their art displays.
- Choose the style of display that you are most drawn to.
- Measure up your frames and/or canvases and cut out these sizes from brown kraft paper.
- Use Scotch-Blue™ painter’s tape (safest thing to prevent paint peeling off your walls, in my opinion) to position the pieces and experiment till you’re happy with the spacing, frame sizes and overall display.
- When you’re sure and double-sure that you love the arrangement, install the picture-hanging hardware through the paper, pull away the paper, hang your frames and enjoy your very own gallery.
images above from Cool Photo Ideas
In this example, using an imaginary horizontal line as an anchor, art pieces are arranged above and below the line, giving a cohesively balanced display while still allowing eclecticism – a great style for beginners if you’re unsure where to start.
If you’ve been thinking about putting up a gallery wall, do it!
And send me a photo 🙂
While we’re on the subject of arty walls, here is some more inspiration –
via Mix and Chic