Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How to create a gallery wall: the one simple tip that makes any gallery gorgeous!

Nowadays you can’t scroll through pinterest without seeing someone’s gorgeously styled gallery wall. As a result, when I moved into my apartment last year I started assembling my gallery wall on pretty much day one. It started with three prints, but I bought 5 frames to kick start the gallery wall (I have a bad habit of buying and hanging frames before I have anything to put in them. Don’t tell anyone, but they often hang empty for months. Oops!!).

Before a hung, I put a lot of time into scouring the internet to get an idea of how I wanted to lay out my gallery wall. After much searching and plenty of agonizing, I can across this tip on the Pottery Barn website that was a total game changer for me. Suddenly, no matter which arrangement I tested with my frames, the display looked gorgeous and totally put together.

Basically, the tip is that you want to keep a “spine” running down the center of your display. The frames should vary in their height/width from the central spine, and be arranged both horizontally and vertically, but at the center the frames should be a straight line running down the center, and the frames should be of equal spacing from one another.

This tip even works on smaller "galleries, as you can see with this arrangement of three frames over my dresser. The "spine" is to the left of the larger photo, and the two smaller frames are oriented off of that.

This way of organizing the display is also really nice because it will allow the display to grow over time in a logical manner. You don’t end up with random spaces that are hard to fill!

My final piece of advice on assembling a gallery wall, and art in your home in general, is to be patient and collect your pieces over time. I enjoy the art in my home so much more when it’s connected to a meaningful memory (an afternoon with the beaux at an outdoor craft market, finding a charming artist’s studio on a back street in Europe, ect.) than when I simply bought it at a store. Don’t get me wrong, decorative art pieces from big box stores like Pier 1 and Homegoods definitely have their place in my home, but I do enjoy my art more when it is collected from my travels or when it is a picture that I took myself.

How about you? Have you hopped on the gallery wall bandwagon to decorate your own space? Let me know if you have any tips and tricks of your own in the comments below!

xoxo - Katie

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