Here are some gallery wall ideas for your home or office
Hanging photos and art can truly make a huge difference when it comes to creating a home. We live in an age where we take dozens if not hundreds of digital photos every month. How many of those photos do we actually develop and hang on our walls? It takes a bit of effort to get those developed but I promise, they are so worth it! I’m guilty of filling my icloud with thousands of photos too. Here’s your gentle reminder to develop some of those photos sitting in your phone and maybe even displaying them around the home. If you do, here are some of my tried and true gallery wall ideas and tips.
A few months ago, I had a client hire me to hang some photos and create some gallery walls for their home. I had met with this cute and very busy couple of months prior and gave them some homework to buy frames and develop some of their favorite photos. After they had finished that task, I went to go and hang everything up for them. You know I have a thing for gallery walls as I have hung quite a few in my home and for clients.
I took inventory of all their frames and decided to hang them up in three areas. One of these areas in the living room had a small wall for an accent table. I collected four frames that displayed their beautiful wedding. They have a very minimal and modern aesthetic so I wanted to keep the gallery walls consistent with their style.
I thought a simple vertical gallery wall would look great in this corner of the living room. Since the ceilings are super tall, I hung the frames high and made sure they were all measured equally. I always use these picture hanging hooks, my laser level, pencil, hammer, and measuring tape.
If you have a hard time figuring out the layout for a gallery wall, I suggest keeping it super simple. If you are working with a large wall, go big on the frame size. Buy 8 large frames and hang them in equal distance between the sides so that they create a cohesive look. It will still create a dramatic impact without the difficulty of measuring different size frames.
Lay everything out so that you can have a vision of where the frames will be hung. This also ensures you have enough frames for the walls. Then, spend time calculating the center of the wall and where you will start hanging everything up. This is where some math skills kick in which isn’t my strong suit. But it’s important to ensure your completed gallery wall will look amazing without having to make too many unnecessary holes on the walls.
I had everything laid out and found my center point. I made pencil markings and since I was hanging three rows, I believe I started with the middle row. There’s really no wrong or right way to start but just make sure you double and triple check your calculations. This can get a bit tricky particularly when you’re working with different size frames. Since I was hanging the same frame but in both the vertical and horizontal positions, I had to calculate and measure from two different points. Again, it takes some time but it’s an important and critical step.
But it was worth it when it was finished! The frames look awesome and they are so happy to finally have some family photos up on their bare walls. If your wall is large like this one, do a whole gallery wall to fill that wall. Simple frames can still visually create an impactful gallery wall when you have multiples of them on the wall.
Here are some other ideas for other walls I’ve done. My dining room has a very eclectic and vast gallery wall full of vintage frames, thrifted and new frames, and all kinds of photos of travel, family, or art. I love how they look on the black walls and since they go all the way up to the ceiling, it creates more drama. You can find more information on this gallery wall on this post.
Years ago, my living room looked like this! My style has changed so much right? Even though my aesthetic is totally different now, I still love this sweet little corner so much.
Here’s a really simple gallery wall I hung up for a client in her basement.
Here’s a gallery wall I hung up for the senior center. This particular gallery wall was for an office and I filled it with interesting art and a bit more on the masculine side. I mixed different sizes and types of frames for this wall. Try laying the frames on the floor before you start hanging them up to give you a better idea of the placement.
This gallery wall was also for the senior center and it’s simple yet visually soothing.
This was a special gallery wall project I did for my next-door neighbor, Adrienne. They are filled with photos from her travels abroad.
And lastly, here’s a living room I did for a friend and client. The gallery wall frames were filled with special black and white military photos that were important for my client. You really need to check out the blog post for the whole before and after because that was a good one.
Whether or not you create an eclectic or simple gallery wall, it really can make a beautiful statement on your walls. Family photos remind you of your loved ones and can bring a smile to your face every time you see them. Photos and art really bring in elements of warmth and memories that truly help make your house a home. So don’t be afraid of putting those holes in the walls, friends! They are worth it!
Thanks for reading, friends!
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