Not sure how or where to hang all of your favorite pictures, paintings, and pieces of wall décor? Gallery walls were made for you! Create a wall display that’s truly unique to your home and your style with these three easy steps.
- Framed Photographs
- 3D Wall Décor
- Framed Prints
- Mementos (that will hang flat)
- Scrap paper or butcher paper
- Painter’s Tape
3 Steps to Creating Your Gallery Wall
1 | Lay out what you have. Don’t limit yourself traditional wall décor, like picture frames and mirrors. While both are perfect pieces to include in a wall gallery, feel free to showcase some serious personality with all kinds of mementos! You can incorporate baskets with flat bottoms, hats, sconces, pennant banners, cube shelves, clocks, canvas art, monogram letters, wood plank art, maps, stained glass window frames, and even your kiddos’ artwork!
2 | Trace the shape of each piece onto butcher paper. Cut out these shapes and arrange them on the wall with painter’s tape until you’re happy with the look. Feel free to mix pictures and art that are oriented both horizontally and vertically.
You can organize your pictures in a set shape within defined lines, like the example below. See how close together the images are? You can space your pictures as close or as far apart as you would like, but I wouldn’t suggest having them more than four or five inches apart in order to maintain the collage/gallery look.
Or, hang them in a free form design, like we did in our family-themed gallery wall. Check out the outline and the actual wall gallery to see how we turned a blueprint into the real deal!
3| Remove the outlines one by one and hang your pictures in their place. Creating a gallery wall is really that easy. Check it out: the outline above turned into the gallery wall below!
Creating your very own gallery wall is as easy as finding your pieces, tracing them on butcher paper, and mapping it out with a little patience and painter’s tape! Anything goes on a gallery wall. Let your creativity run wild by incorporating typography, monogram letters, pictures, wood plaques, 3D pieces of wall décor, even an old license plate like Sarah did on her blog, An Inviting Home! Then again, you can get a crisp, modern look by creating a gallery wall with items that are all the same size or color. You choose! There’s no right or wrong way to do it!
Do you have any tips and tricks for those of us who are creating their first gallery wall? Share them in a comment below and use #mykirklands to show us your gallery wall on Instagram!