I have always loved the look of a gallery wall but never been game enough to put one together as filling up a wall space with your favorite pieces of art can be intimidating and combining art styles overwhelming. A gallery wall can be a cheaper alternative to buying one large expensive piece of art and gives you the opportunity to display illustrations, paintings and a variety of distinctive pieces. But it can take a little bit of effort.
Victoria from Hamilton Hill has shared her tips in creating the perfect gallery wall:
1. don’t be afraid to mix prints & colours and different size frames. This can make a real impact in an monochromatic room and makes it looks like you have collected pieces over time
2. set it up before you hang. Either cut each frame out in newspaper or use painters tape to lay it out on your wall. You can also use the paper inserts you get with the frame. This Wall Display Template from Etsy is a great idea https://www.etsy.com/listing/72323502/wall-display-template-10-pack
3. hanging frames on corner walls (where 2 walls meet) can be a really effective way of creating a ‘nook’ in an otherwise dead space.
4. a cheap and effective way to decorate a baby’s nursery or children’s room. Use fabric & wallpaper cuttings and frame these!
5. don’t worry if it doesn’t look ‘finished’. Part of the charm of a gallery wall is that you can add to it as you collect new pieces. You may only start with 3 frames and that is ok!
6. use a larger matte to enhance the size of smaller photo’s.
7. use your kids artwork. The majority of people don’t know what to do with the abundance of drawings & paintings that come home. Frame them and create a colourful wall in your kids play room or bedroom. A very cost-effective way to decorate!
8. You can also add other objects into the mix. Try using oversize letters, clocks or mirrors to create a more eclectic look.
9. Maintain some sort of balance in the arrangement. Even if it is a more organic hanging style it does need an element of planning. You don’t want your wall to look top-heavy or unbalanced to one side. A good tip for maintaining balance to leave the same amount of space between each piece you are hanging.
10. If you don’t want to hang on the wall or want to change-up your frames often, sit them on shelves. You can still use different sized frames and overlap them if desired.
11. If you are finding it too difficult to hang yourself – hire someone!! There are professional hangers out there who will make life a whole lot easier for you.
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If you are looking for some cheap art work i’ve rounded up a couple of great options:-
Ork have some amazing posters of city neighborhoods all around the world (sorry Aussie friends but they don’t have any Australian cities yet). Made by Girl has some good fun prints which are cheap and cheerful and perhaps some vintage Vogue covers would make an excellent addition to a gallery wall. When we first moved to NY we purchased a photo from She Hit Pause Studio at the Brooklyn Flea and there are still a couple of prints that I’d love to convince my husband that we should buy (you can see which pic we purchased here).