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With amazing smartphone cameras at our fingertips, there’s no denying that we have tons of great personal photos just waiting to be printed and displayed. And you know that empty wall in your house or apartment that is begging for attention? Enter: the gallery wall. The best part about the gallery wall trend is that there are no limits to the size of the wall, the frames, or the pieces you incorporate. How you want to decorate your wall is totally up to you, whether you use old frames and décor pieces, or new, or a combination of both. That empty wall is truly a blank slate to make your own!
Of course, it’s good to have a little inspiration and direction before tackling that big old blank wall (or before dropping your paycheck on a bunch of frames and decorative pieces). That’s why we’ve compiled a step by step list and some of our favorite layouts for inspiration.
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Step 1: The Assessment. Before diving into your gallery wall project, you’ll want to take a few things into consideration. How big is the space on the wall you want to cover? What frames or décor pieces do you already have that you want to incorporate? What do you want to buy? Picking a few of your favorite gallery walls (our Pinterest Board is a great source!) is key here, as you’ll see what style you’re more drawn to. Some people like galleries with only photos, others like to incorporate pieces such as words or arrows or signs. Some like galleries that are more simplistic, and others like a variety of frames and sizes. What photos do you want to fill your frames with? Some people enjoy themes or to incorporate quotes, others just choose to just display their favorite photos. There’s no right or wrong here, so what ever you find yourself drawn to and more comfortable with is the way to go. You can always change it up later!
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Step 2: The Plan. Once you have selected your favorite inspiration photos, collected your frames and décor, and determined how much space you have, it’s time to plan the layout. This part can be overwhelming and take some time, so be patient while you try to find the best layout for your specific pieces and space. I find it easier sometimes to try to mimic layouts from your inspiration photos and then switch pieces around where you see fit. To plan out your layout, you can arrange the frames on a large floor space, sketch them out, or use painters tape to hang frame sized paper cutouts. My personal choice is to arrange the frames on the floor, as I like the visualization of how the pieces flow together.
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Step 3: Execute! This is the best part, it’s time to hang your pieces and create your wall. Depending on your pieces and frames, you will most likely need nails, screws, a hammer, and a power drill for this part. (I have a super small rechargeable handheld drill set, you can usually find them for under $50.) I suggest starting by hanging the middle pieces first and working your way outward. If you went with the floor arrangement planning method, go piece by piece and leave the pieces on the floor so you don’t forget the layout. Pay close attention to spacing to make sure the gallery is balanced, and use a level for pieces requiring multiple hooks. There are a few free level phone apps if you don’t have one.
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Step 4: Admire your personal gallery wall! Congrats, you now have your very own gallery wall and the perfect place to display all of your beautiful photos. Don’t be surprised if at first you don’t love it, it’s hard for us to adjust to a wall full of stuff when we’re used to that wall being blank. Give it a week or so, and if you don’t totally love it, you can always assess what parts look off and switch things around.
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I hope this was a helpful crash course in creating a gallery wall, and that you can finally display all of those summer snapshots! If you have more ideas and tips, please feel free to leave them in the comment section! For more inspiration, check our Gallery Wall board on Pinterest, and don’t forget to tag @studiom_ on Instagram when you show off your new gallery wall!