Gallery Walls

7 Simple Steps To The Perfect Gallery Wall

So what is a gallery wall? A gallery wall is a collection of carefully chosen pieces of art, creatively arranged together to create a stunning collective display.
They are incredibly popular due to the ability to transform a dull, empty wall into an eye catching display.  They form a focal point, draw attention and bring character to your living space.  And the best part about a gallery wall is that it gives the opportunity to express your style and taste.
So what do you need to consider when creating your gallery wall?  Here are the 7 most important things to think about.
  1. Print size
Do you want to have prints that are all the same size or mix and match different sizes? Both will have a great impact, with prints of equal sizes bringing a symmetry that’s pleasing to the eye. On the other hand, combining prints of varying sizes adds intrigue and charm to the display.
  1. Number of prints
How many prints should you have in your gallery wall?
There’s no magic number here, with the size of your space and the size of each print dictating what will look best. It's best to experiment, mocking up different arrangements to see how many prints work best in the space. If you’re keen to have prints all the same size, working with an even number can be more effective as this aids with the symmetry whereas an odd number of prints can suit a gallery wall where the sizes of the pieces vary.
  1. Spacing
The next aspect to consider is the spacing. Perhaps one of the most important elements to contemplate when designing your gallery wall. You need to ensure there is some consistency in the spacing between the prints so the collection is correctly balanced. Although not every print has to be exactly same distance apart, they should be in proportion to each other to avoid a jarring affect.
  1. Horizontal or Vertical?
Another area to consider is the orientation of the prints. If all your prints are the same size its best to position them all the same way. This again brings symmetry and structure to the display. If you’re mixing sizes then horizontal and vertical prints can be grouped together to compliment each other.  
  1. Theme
After deciding on the type of gallery wall you want to create, choosing a theme is another consideration to make. Having a consistent thread that connects the pieces will help to ensure the wall feels cohesive and flows nicely.
  1. Colour scheme
Having a colour scheme that ties all of the pieces together is another great way to make sure no piece stands out for the wrong reasons. Whether its through the frame colour or the predominant colour of each piece, making sure there is some consistency will also help to marry each piece together.
  1. Frames
What sort of frames will suit your design best? Should the frames be the same colour as the wall, or a contrast? Knowing the colour scheme and theme will help make this decision much easier.  Lighter, wooden frames work fantastically well with Scandinavian style art work whereas black frames add a more modern touch and work best with contemporary works of art.
Now you're all set to start getting creative and you can begin to create your perfect gallery wall.