Gallery walls are not easy. I’ll even go as far and say art in general is EXTREMELY hard. It takes years to perfect; it is so personal and so difficult to find those pieces that talks to you. My big gallery wall in the living room is a constant work in progress. The best thing is, it absolutely doesn’t have to be expensive – I am a MASSIVE fan of thrift stores and flea markets, but a less time-consuming way is online print shopping, one of my go-tos is Poster Store. Not only are the extremely affordable, they also carry great frames. But maybe best of all prints are produced in Sweden on quality paper made from FSC-certified forestry and the entire production is Nordic Swan Ecolabel certified. IF that’s not cool, I don’t know what is.
Every so often I mix it up, move frames around and add a few inexpensive prints, that way it keeps changing and I never tire of any of them. It is also a great way to start your wall, to figure out what you want; illustrations, photos, color, etc.
Anyway, once you have found and finally got the pieces you want then it’s time to curate them into a gallery wall. You get the best result if you vary sizes and orientation of the art – you need both horizontal, vertical and remember to mix up your frames as well; black, white, wood, stick with no more than three styles/colors of frames, more will just make it look very busy.
I often don’t overthink it when I hang them. Not going to lie, I do make a sort-of masterplan in my head, but I just don’t have the patience for big templates. I go with the flow, sure I do sometimes end up with a pretty “accidental holes in the wall” wall. And hey, if there is a tiny whole somewhere, I am really not bothered, I’ll just make sure to cover it up next time (because, lets face it I am not the kind of guy who cares enough to patch a hole). Again, just keep in mind you need something big, small, vertical and horizontal.
Last few things before I let you loose creating your own gallery masterpiece wall – keep the color palette fairly consistent. Not saying you have to go all beige; this is really a good way to bring in color. Also bear in mind the best walls are made a mix of different mediums, think: abstract, photography, black & white, illustrations, quotes.
And just in case you aren’t fully convinced creating your own gallery wall porn yet, here a few other walls for you below to be inspired by.
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