We love the use of a gallery wall. It’s a visual pleasing design feature that adds classic character and makes a house feel more like a home. For Lindsay’s birthday this year, her husband surprised her with some of her favourite black and white framed photos featuring loved ones and cherished memories. These images are now displayed beautifully in their dining area. Check out a few of our top tips when creating your own gallery wall.
Think outside the (picture) box
While the gallery wall we’re featuring consists of images only, we love the use of other items mixed with your favourite snap shots. Letters, eclectic mirrors, clocks, marquee signs and inspirational quotes on banners are all fantastic additions to combine with framed photographs.
Pick your wall
Once you’ve selected what you’d like on display, the next step is to decide which wall will be your feature wall. If you have quite a few objects and images you’d like to use, then obviously you want a good size wall to ensure things don’t look cramped. A smaller collection would work perfectly for a smaller area. Peppered up a staircase, displayed above the bed, or like Lindsay, using a spare wall in the dining or living area, are all excellent options.
Create a layout
While it will take much less time to just hang images and items on the wall randomly, you likely won’t get the gallery wall look you’re trying to obtain. Lindsay started by tracing around each frame on kraft paper, writing a description of the image on each sheet and cutting them out. Once complete, the cut-outs were displayed on the floor to figure out the best layout. Paper can then be taped to the wall and removed easily. This way, you’re not putting unnecessary holes in the wall if you happen to adjust the layout as you go.
Largest piece first
Lindsay started with the biggest image first to act as an anchor or focal point and then proceeded to build out from there. This helped to create a sort of spiral effect with the other images. From there, two-inches was measured around each frame. But there are lots of different design options when planning your layout, so don’t feel like you have to stick to a perfectly symmetric gallery wall.
Whether you’re showcasing loved ones and cherished moments, or featuring some of your favourite finds from travels near and far, a gallery wall is the perfect way to keep those memories fresh all year long.
Jacqueline and Lindsay are sisters and new moms living on the East Coast of Canada.