Maybe It’s because I’m not super organized… or maybe I’m just too impatient… or maybe I’m slow. It’s probably all three! When it comes to hanging a gallery on my walls, I just don’t have it together enough to gather up ALL the art to hang at one time and systematically arrange them before hanging them up!
If you are like me, then this is a post custom made for you! Today I’m going to show you how to create “hang as you go” a wall art gallery. This is not rocket science, but there are a few tips and tricks that will make your wall gallery look like you have “planned” it! Let’s get busy…
1. START WITH A FEW CORE PICTURES
Start with at least three pictures. Arrange them on the center of your wall in a way that is pleasing to your eye. See easy!
2. USE SIMILAR PICTURE FRAMES/ MATS/ OR COLORS
One of the best ways to make a wall gallery look professional and not too busy is to unite all the art using similar picture frames, mats or color. I tied my gallery together by using the color black. Most of my picture frames are black. The family crest picture has a gold frame, but a black mat. I also tied many of the pictures together by backing them with burlap.
3. ADD SOME INTEREST
Adding something unexpected to a gallery wall achieves high interest. In my wall gallery, the black sheep is unexpected. Although it carries the same color scheme and size, it is an unframed painting… different from all the other art. Give yourself at least one “pass”! If you love a piece of art and it fits… use it! You want to follow this tip sparingly… you still want your wall art gallery to look cohesive.
4. THINK ABOUT CREATING A THEME
Wall galleries are made for themed groupings! Collections, family photo galleries, and even one like mine that is all about our family and our family name.
5. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, TAKE IT DOWN!
Don’t live with an arrangement you don’t like. Take it down, patch the hole and touch up the paint! It’s that easy! Now start again!
6. MAKE SURE YOUR PICTURES ARE LEVEL
Nothing ruins a wall gallery like uneven pictures! Here’s a no-fail way to make sure you art is all straight and even. Use a level when hanging all art. And then use little clear rubber frame bumpers on the back of all your art to keep your art gallery from shifting out of place!
7. DON’T STRIVE FOR PERFECTION
It will drive you crazy… not to mention all of the holes in your wall if you are trying to make your gallery perfect! If a piece of art is off by a 1/4 inch, let it go!!!! If it’s off by 2 inches, redo it! You want to be precise as you can but not crazy perfect.
8. ADD NEW ART A FEW AT A TIME
I wait until I get a couple of art pieces and hang them together. It’s easier for me to develop a pattern and see what size art I might need next.
9. KNOW WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Okay, this is very subjective. When you start really feeling that your art gallery is almost done… stop and think about it! Don’t go from a tastefull art gallery to a collage!
10. ONLY HANG WHAT YOU LOVE
If a wall full of dolphins makes you happy… go for it! But do it well! My daughter and husband have a wall art gallery called “Places We Love”. It’s filled with art and pictures and memorabilia from all over the world! This is a couple that has wanderlust! My son and his bride have a wall of pictures and sayings and all special things from their wedding. They have just been married over a year!
For me, I wanted to hang a stair art gallery with art and things I created that represents family and our family name. The gold framed picture was my inspiration. I gave it to my husband years ago. It’s all about our ancient family crest.
Follow these 10 easy tips and be brave!!! Start a wall art gallery of things you love! You don’t have to wait to have it “all together” to begin!
To see an update of the wall gallery with the addition of a beautiful big clock click HERE.
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