A gallery wall is a perfect way to add visual interest to a room that is very personal and curated. There are a variety of techniques that can be used but the one thing that is a constant is that the gallery should have the feel of collection.
Some tricks of the trade for creating a gallery wall are as follows:
- Consider the right balance between your wall space and the frames that you want to display.
- Place your frames at eye level (typically five feet from the floor) unless you have very high ceilings.
- Be sure that your frame arrangement is centered horizontally on your wall space to create balance.
- Plan the layout before hanging either by arranging them on the floor or hanging craft paper on the wall.
- Unless you are creating a very structured linear arrangement, vary the shapes and sizes of the frames and hang both horizontal and vertical orientations to make it more interesting.
- If you are looking for consistency for family photos, turn your color images into black and white.
Linear and Grid
A linear and grid arrangement works best with the same frames of the same size and can be displayed either horizontally or vertically depending on the given area. If you are looking for a clean and balanced look then linear is a good option.
A salon style gallery, also known as a clustered configuration, is slightly more freestyle and can be a mix of framed art and objects. This lends itself to more creativity since artworks are arranged within a loosely defined, more organic space.
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A ledge style gallery is created by staggering the height and overlapping a group of frames. This is a great way to showcase family photographs mixing them with etchings or other works of art.
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Hang frames in the same upward angle of your staircase. Anchor the display with large frames and accent the anchors with smaller frame sizes.