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How to create a gallery wall

Show off your art and personality by creating a unique gallery wall

Published: January 17, 2022 at 12:27 pm
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Creating a galley wall is a great way of showing off your art and photographs and putting your personal stamp on a room, but planning how to display it can be a challenge - hanging one picture can be daunting enough, never mind a selection! Here's what you need to consider before you get the drill or hammer out:

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How to create a galley wall

The type of frame you use can make a huge difference to your gallery wall. A light frame will make artwork pop, while black frames create contrast. If you want an eclectic look, mix the style of frames; for a coordinated style, go for similar designs.

Experiment by placing your pieces on the floor. Focus on balancing the colours and art styles so that all the prints feel evenly mixed. If you have an art print that will be the centrepiece of the gallery wall, start with this and add prints around it.

Take the sheets of paper that come inside of your frames, and use these as a template for planning your layout. Arrange them on your wall using Washi tape so that you can make changes and perfect the look.

A good rule is to place the centre of your gallery wall around 145cm above the floor. If you’re hanging above a bed or sofa, frames should hang at least 15cm above the furniture.

If you’re renting, use Command hooks to secure your display. These will easily peel away when you’re finished with them.

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