Have you ever found yourself perusing Pinterest and wondering who the heck all these people are that create flawless gallery walls in seemingly every room of their home? Gallery walls can go by several names: photo clusters, photo walls, etc. But, whatever you call them, they are a timeless way to display a carefully curated art collection in your home. The final product may be impressive, but there’s no reason to feel intimidated about taking on this decorating project yourself. To get you motivated, we’ve laid out a simple road map for creating your own curated gallery wall.
Step One: Choosing your wall
Photo galleries can make a dramatic impact in any space. Your options are as endless as the rooms in your home.
Step Two: Choosing your photos and frames
There’s no one rule for this step. But, we tend to like gallery walls best when all the photos stick to a single theme. There are all kinds of ways to set a theme. It could be similar content (e.g., landscapes, maps, family photos, etc.), similar color palette, or even similar frames.
Step Three: Choosing a layout
Ok all you perfectionists out there, this is where you’ll need to take a deep breath. The beauty of a gallery wall is in its organic, haphazard nature. Clear off a space on the floor as large as your wall space and start experimenting with different configurations until you find one that resonates with you. There really are no rules.
However, if just reading the previous paragraph makes you nervous, you can always use cheat sheets of general layouts.
Step Four: Executing your plan
Thanks to Marissa Waddell, you can now do what used to take hours in just a few minutes. The secret is wax paper. Lay out your pictures on the floor in the composition you want to hang them, but place the back of the frames facing up towards you. Next, place a large section of your wax paper over your frames and mark where each of the hooks is. Now tape your paper onto your wall, and you have a template for where your nails need to go. Add your nails, rip off the wax paper, and hang up your pictures. Voila, you have a gallery wall!