I’ve been spending a lot of time in my newly-revamped study lately, and one of my favorite parts of the space is the gallery wall my friends at Laurel & Wolf put together for me. I love Slim Aarons iconic photographs so much, I couldn’t pick a favorite– and I didn’t have to! I pulled a favorite photo from Photos.com (the one with the ladies dressed in pink), and dug out some other images that had hung in different areas of the house. I even carefully cut a few pages from my favorite coffee table books, and framed them. Then i got all the pics together in one place, to create a gallery wall. This home decor trick looks super sophisticated, but is actually simple to do. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when designing your own.
1. Tie It Together: Stick with a central theme for your artwork. Perhaps it’s black and white, your favorite artist, old family photos, or vintage movie posters – a color story can become the theme, allowing for some diversity in imagery. The key here is to compliment, not necessarily match.
2. Think Outside the Frame: The best galleries have more than a well-curated collection of art, they have perfectly picked frames too! The right frames add character and expression to a room, so feel free to be bold. Either match your frames, or check out the flea market for vintage-looking ones. Take some time to find unique pieces that compliment each other while varying in thickness, weight, and design.
3. Pre-design: Before you start nailing away at the wall, lay out the artwork on the floor and do a test run. This is the best way to decide what pieces look best together and spacing, without the commitment.
4. Experiment with proportions, layouts and spacing. It can help to either – place the largest picture on the wall first, so that the others can fit neatly around it, or, draw a light pencil line (that can be removed) across the center of the wall, and have all pics hang from the top or bottom of that line. It creates a cool effect. Another idea is to put up a really long book shelf (Pottery Barn makes them) and lean all your pics along that, right next to each other. Don’t forget the level (or handy level app!) to make sure that your freeform gallery display is even.
5. What Rules?: In reality there are none! This is your space, so make it feel like you. A gallery is a great way to showcase your interest, dreams, and lifestyle. Have fun with it and know that like you, it can evolve and develop over time.