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How to Create a Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall with framed photos

Gallery Wall

I recently switched my black and white gallery wall to a wall of Italy prints from my recent trip. Also, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share tips on what I have learned when it comes to creating your own gallery wall at home.

black and white frame set on a gallery wall

I kept the original frames and swapped out the prints. Since I purchased the frames with the ability to switch out the prints, it is much easier to do. If you have the prints professionally framed, you won’t have this option.

Pick a Theme

Last time, my theme was Black and White Paris, I have done a Paris Gallery Wall and most recently a Italy Wall.

gallery wall in a living room

Pick a Favorite Piece and Build Around It

I always tell customers to do this when selecting even a set of 3. Choose a favorite piece and build out from there.

For my Italy Gallery Wall, I loved this print from Capri.

outdoor dining with a sea view

Build Around Your Biggest Piece

If you have to large pieces, make sure to balance them out with smaller pieces in between.

Access the Space and Map Out Sizes and Placement of Pieces

You can do this slowly over time. It doesn’t have to happen all at the same time. If you are collecting pieces, just leave place holders.

FRAME OPTIONS

The frame options are affordable and of good quality. I picked up a few from Target, Ikea, and CB2.

Work with a pre-designed frameset. Or you can use Framebridge that will professional frame the images in their frames. You won’t be able to swap the prints out, but this is still a good option for a gallery wall.

Target has affordable ones. This 12 set of frames is under $100

black and white framed photos

West Elm also has great options. You can choose the size you want and order multiple of that size or a variation.

black frames

Frames from Framebridge

black and white images of animals for gallery wall
Floor to Ceiling Frames from Framebridge
photos of people for gallery wall
The Wide Grid from Framebridge

Hang or Lean Your Frames

I purchased my photo ledges from IKEA but you can also get them from Pottery Barn.

Pro Tip: Lay every frame on the floor before hanging and making holes. I always suggest customers use painters tape for the size of the frame to get an idea of what spacing will look like.

Mix and Match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match frame colors and sizes. Also, a mixture of horizontal and vertical gives the wall variety and dimension.

Space Your Art 3″ Apart

Don’t crowd your art. Give each piece the space it deserves to be admired.

Use a Grid System or Be Creative

If you like things more uniform, it’s best to use all the same style of frames and sizes. If you want to be more creative, you can mix and match frames and sizes.

Make it Personal

In my Italy gallery wall, I framed a postcard from my hotel in Positano. It isn’t a photograph but I loved the little sketch of the hotel facade and thought it would a fun memory of that particular trip. Get creative on different non photos you can frame, I was looking for a menu to frame but due to COVID most of the hotels didn’t offer paper take away menus. I am still on the hunt for one in Paris.

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