Sunday, January 12, 2014

6 Tips For Creating A Gallery Wall

I interrupt your New Year's workout regimen to bring you my updated {but never finished} gallery wall. 

Gallery walls are a popular trend...
...and if you're uncertain about starting your own, perhaps this post will encourage you to go for it. 

1. Select a space. 
Before you say "Duh," remember that a gallery doesn't always work well in just any room. Choose wisely.

2. Before you nail it, arrange it on the floor.
I did NOT follow this rule. And there are a LOT of unnecessary holes in my wall as a result.

3. The art doesn't have to be expensive. 
I found this lovely ship painting at a garage sale for $1! To this day, it's one of my favorite pieces.

4. Pick a theme or make the art compliment each other. 
From the dueling pistols to the English hunters, these pieces flow well...even if they don't specifically relate to one another. 
Side note: Emphasize this theme on a different or nearby place in your home for a seamless flow.

5. Make sure there is sufficient lighting.
You don't want people squinting, right?

6. Throw out these rules and just do whatever you want! 
If you LOVE something - yes, finger-painted pictures count - hang it. Be bold. Be YOU through your art. 

****I'm currently working on a smaller gallery wall in my bedroom.****
I'm so ready for Spring and all the garage sales that ensue!! 
{Garage and estate sales produce so much good art!}

Do you have an art wall? If so, tell us so we can take a peek.
If not, would you like to start one?

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Until next time, 


Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Great post, Meredith! I think arranging the art on the floor first is great advice. I have a wall that is perfect for a gallery but it is huge and it would take a lot of art - more than I could manage. I hope you find some great art this Spring!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Meredith, What a fabulous tip, it is such a good idea to arrange artwork on the floor before hammering those nails into the wall. I used to have a gallery wall with art work I loved and I wish I had known about this tip beforehand as it would have saved a lot of nail holes in the wall.
I love blue and white plates so I have them hung on the wall, but I'm not sure if that constitutes a gallery.
I love your English inspired artwork it is really interesting and that is what is so lovely about a gallery wall.... there is always something to enjoy.
Best Wishes to you,

Nicole Mendez said...

Love the way your gallery wall turned out!

KC said...

Your home is beautiful. Your gallery wall looks great. I just found your blog and started to follow you today.

NanaDiana said...

I had a beautiful art wall in one of my previous homes, Meredith. Because we live on the water the back of our house is all glass so I don't have a lot of interior walls to hang things. But I love yours-it looks great. It is fun to see it all come together, isn't it?

Hoping you are having a wonderful new week so far- xo Diana

Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady said...

I wasn't aware of this trend but I like this. Thx for the tutorial. When I decide where I want to live, I'll consider a fitness themed one :)

Ashley Ditto said...

This looks amazing, I love your creativeness. Have a beautiful week, sister.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your gallery looks fabulous. I put it all out on the floor first too, it really does help. Great advice. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Patty Antle said...

Love your art wall, Meredith, and your instructions. I do have a wall of family photos but had help from a decorator. Your choice of pictures is great. Can't believe you got that one for a dollar. I love the garage sales, etc. too and can't wait either!

Angela Olsen said...

This is a great post! I just stumbled upon your blog by clicking on a comment you left on another blog & am happy I did! I, too, am a mama blogger & follower of Jesus. I look forward to following your blog!

Angela @ The Mango Memoirs

robin lorraine williamson said...

like it especially laying it out on the floor less likely to make a mistake thanks for sharing visiting from coastal charm I'm lorraine at

Tiffany @ PinkFaithToday said...

Your art wall is beautiful! I plan on doing one soon!

Tiffany (found you at DYWW)

Ivy and Elephants said...

I have about a zillion mirrors that I planned to use as a gallery wall. Thanks for the nudge in the right direction. (I've made a TON of holes in the walls, too!)
Still LOVE your french chair!!!

Home Jobs by MOM said...

Love the gallery tips. I plan on doing something like this up my stairs when I move. Visiting from DYWW link-up :)

Michell Pulliam said...

Love, love, love this girl!! You're so right, you must choose the right room! You too(many holes in the wall), lol!! I learned from Martha Stewart to trace your pictures on paper bags, cut them out, tape them on the wall like you want them arranged and nail the picture on top. Once the nail is in, then remove the paper. Again, wonderful job my friend! Btw...I see those "bee"tiful French chairs! :-)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Beautiful job Meredith - especially loved seeing your famous chairs - they look absolutely perfect!!!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I did once have a gallery wall with large pictures of cobblestones (taken in Italy)...when taking pictures, my brother thought I was crazy out of my mind ;)

Rea T said...

haha i love rule number 6 meredith!
really all of those tips are helpful☺

yeah i have a gallery wall, in my stairway♥


ps: can't wait for spring too..

Anonymous said...

Looks so good! I love the idea is doing a gallery of art. Great job!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I truly adore gallery walls. These are great tips!

Michelle Nahom said...

I would like to do a few photo gallery walls in my house. I saw a how-to a long time ago where they taped the size papers to the wall and rearranged them till they got the look they wanted...kind of like a larger scale scrapbook page. I love how your wall came out - it looks awesome!!

Christine Graves said...

Great gallery walls....Love it. They have been a staple in my home (usually hallways) for years. I got another tip to help you for your future ones....those command picture hanging strips really do work. For bigger pictures I use up to 4 strips on every corner. No holes for the bigger galleries you want to do.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

I love your gallery wall. I see a lot of them in NYC.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Meredith, we featured your gorgeous gallery wall this week at Ivy and Elephants! Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.

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