If Pinterest (the interior designs mecca of ideas) is anything to go by, gallery walls are receiving a lot of love. Creating a gallery wall allows you to showcase a number of your favourite artistic pieces, rather than only having to choose one or two when decorating a space.
The concept of a gallery wall seems simple enough, but trust us, there’s a bit more planning involved than throwing a bunch of frames together. Here are some of our best tips to get you ready for your own beautiful display of prints, paintings, and photographs.
Picking the Pieces
There are no hard or fast rules for choosing which art to hang onto a wall. It should be a representation of your taste and personality first and foremost, and for some people this will range from the most polished and matching pieces all the way to an eclectic mix of colours and mediums. For the first timers wanting to ease their way in, a safe start involves choosing pieces that have a common thread. This could be a colour, palate, frames, or just hold enough similarities to complement each other nicely. When choosing the size of the prints it can be advisable to select some larger pieces to anchor the wall, then go between medium and smaller sizes to balance the space.
Selecting the frames for each piece can be almost as enjoyable as picking the pieces themselves. There are two things to consider when deciding on frames. The first is to ensure the frame matches the art, that way, if it eventually finds its way to a different part of the house, it will still be complementary. The second approach is to be aware of the other colours and frames that will be surrounding it within the gallery. Choosing just two colours that work well can create a very crisp and clean appearance, but is by no means a rule of thumb.
Working out how the frames are going to fit together is a task that can seem simple enough while mentally putting the work together, but easily ruined if not executed correctly when it’s time to hang everything. Before hanging the pictures it’s important to go through and set them out to get a feel for which combinations of sizes and shapes are going to be most complementary. Many people opt to cut the size of the frames out on brown paper, in order to do a dummy hang. This can be incredibly time consuming. An alternative to this is laying the artwork out on the floor and taking a picture, giving you an alternate perspective, but realistic look of how everything works fitted together. Many have found this to be a just as effective a method.
The most nerve-racking part for home owners is puncturing the walls, and for renters this is often not an option. We recommend opting out of nails and a hammer, and going for some of the stick on options. Many bloggers have found these to work exceptionally well, and we’ve also had good experiences (with no paint coming off when removed). Visiting your local hardware store, or even larger department stores, can offer a range of options in homeware sections. We recommend asking a member of staff about weight restrictions, and if you’re nervous about it holding up, you can always stick up two before hanging the picture. No one’s perfect, and decorating is certainly not a mistake free pursuit, that’s why we like the room for error that sticky wall hangers provide.
A general rule you will often see people hang no more than two pictures vertically. Once again, for a first timer this can be a safe route to take, but we are just as big fans of floor to ceiling features for the more adventurous. As far as getting everything even, you can enlist the help of a friend, or you can bring your own expert to the party. What else could we mean than a trusty spirit level? Perfect for frustration free hanging.
Classic Timber has a number of fun prints available on the website, and some brand new pieces available in store. Our staff are always happy to recommend and give advice, so if you decide to tackle your own gallery wall then come on it for some great pieces.