Displaying artwork in your home is not only a great way to express your personality and sense of style, it creates instant interest, colour and texture to blank walls as well. Creating a gallery wall can feel like a daunting task but with these tips and tricks you should find the process a whole lot easier and above all enjoyable.
- Decide where you want to display your gallery wall…
Maybe you’ve got a large blank canvas behind your sofa or an entire wall to cover, or perhaps, like me, you want to create a gallery wall running up the stairs, either way, finding the perfect spot for your creation is the first step towards making it happen.
2. Find your artwork…
Now this is probably the more challenging part, especially if you’re not really sure what you want. I find that websites like Posterlounge that offer a variety of art styles are a great place to start because they have such a huge range to choose from meaning you can design anything from an eclectic to a more coherent gallery wall, depending on your style. You can also find an abundance of inspiration on their website.
I prefer an eclectic look with a nod to vintage style so that was the first category I searched for. It returned over 7000 results on Posterlounge, so that just gives you an insight in to the choice they have available.
When choosing my pieces I took style, colour and size in to consideration. I mixed more classic art like Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh with more modern typography but kept all the colours within my chosen colour palette, meaning despite the varied styles none of the prints look out of place.
As there are so many to choose from, I recommend adding any print you are drawn to, to your favourites so you can see how they all look together before committing.
Posterlounge don’t just offer posters, your chosen artwork can be printed on Canvas, Acrylic, Wall stickers, Aluminium, Wood and Foam board. You can also opt for the print only or choose from a selection of frames such as black, white, natural wood or brown.
3. Decide on the layout…
If you’re going to freestyle the layout, It’s important to choose a selection of different sized prints when creating your perfect gallery wall. The reason for this, if when you are ready to hang them, it’s a bit like a game of Tetris and a lot easier to do with different shapes and sizes.
You can of course create a block of artwork, in this instance I would suggest going for the same or similar sized prints.
There are lots of gallery wall layout examples on Pinterest if you’re struggling to decide.
4. Use wrapping paper to plan the layout…
Once my artwork arrived, which I must add, was all framed professionally by Posterlounge, I took each piece and drew around them on some old wrapping paper, that I then cut out and stuck to the wall. I spent about an hour or so on this, swapping each one about until I was happy with the arrangement. This process saved me making mistakes when it came to the hanging stage and I would highly recommend spending some time doing this.
5. Hang your artwork….
Now that you’ve done all your prep work, you’re ready to hang your artwork. Now you can either attach to the wall using a good old fashioned hammer and nails or use removable hanging strips, which is what I use as our walls are rock solid and not easy to drill in to. Once all your artwork is up, all you need to do now is stand back and admire it.
I hope you have found these tips helpful and this post has inspired you to create a gallery wall of your own.
Until next time,
*This post is a paid partnership with Posterlounge, all views and opinions are my own.