How to Hang a Great Gallery Wall

Don’t let the thought of hanging a gallery wall intimidate you!  It can seem daunting at first, but I am going to give you some tips on how to perfect a gallery wall!  No stress involved!

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  1. You need an anchor piece!  The anchor piece is usually the piece that is the largest or simply the one that stands out the most.  All of the smaller parts will fill in the space around your anchor piece.  They, in effect, will play supporting roles for your most important piece.
  2. Keep the “rivers” (the space between each picture) the same.  They don’t have to be EXACT, just not too close together or your wall will look crammed and too random.  I recommend around a two inch river.
  3. Choose a variety of art work (quotes, pictures, artist renderings) and frame sizes (you will want to choose some that will hang vertically, as well as, horizontally). Also, I LOVE to mix in accessories such as monograms, letters, shelves, planters, baskets, and other decorative pieces.  It adds interest and variation to your gallery wall.

Vintage Inspired Staircase Gallery Wall

4.  I suggest keeping a fairly consistent color palette, but don’t get obsessive about it.  It’s alright to have a variation in wood grain, for instance, and to add a pop of color.  However, too much can be overwhelming and throw off the entire wall, so add color sparingly and continue the theme in at least one other place on the wall.  Check out the picture below – Notice the pink flowers and then the pink in the decorative wood piece.

Eclectic gallery wall - love that lion head door knocker!

5.  Finally, before you start banging holes in your wall, I suggest that you lay your gallery wall out on the floor (or other hard surface) to make sure you like the order and such.  Keep moving items around until it is perfect!  Take a picture of it and start hanging.  You can even go a step further by measuring each piece and creating a faux picture out of cardboard or paper and then taping it on the wall.  Then you can live with it for a few days and make changes until you are completely happy.

"Gallery walls can be a great way to camouflage or deemphasize the less-than-favorite aspects of home." ~ Sarah of Luck Photography

Or…you could simply call me and I can come hang your gallery wall for you!  Ha!

Thank you for reading!!  I hope this post inspires you!

Erin Sharplin Love

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