As I’ve shared before, I’m definitely no decorating expert. It’s not my strong suit by any stretch of the imagination, but I really enjoy having a put-together, cozy home. Even though it’s not an area where I excel, I still push myself out of my comfort zone in an attempt to make my home feel as comfortable as possible for me and my family. And part of adding to that comfort is making it pretty.
Enter The Gallery Wall.
I’m sure there are many ways to create the perfect gallery wall. And if you have an eye for decorating, this might be the silliest post you’ve ever seen. But for those of us who struggle in this area, I thought I’d share the steps I took to creating my gallery wall (which I love!).
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1. Determine which wall you’d like to work with.
Simple enough. Find a wall that needs a little something extra. It needs to be big enough to support a gallery wall, but not too big that the gallery wall overtakes the entire room. The trick is finding that perfect balance.
I had a wall that just wasn’t right. I had a sad, single family portrait hung on the wall, and it definitely needed something more. I knew when I began contemplating adding a gallery wall that this would be the perfect wall to work with.
2. Find pieces to hang.
Finding what you’d like to go on your gallery wall is the fun part! You can either buy the pieces you’d like to work with, collect a variety of pieces over time, or do what I did and scour the rest of your house to find suitable wall hangings.
What I love about a good ol’ gallery wall is that it does not need to match. The more variety, the better, and in my book, that’s the best part! If YOU like it, then hang it! When you get to the next step, you can find the arrangement that looks best for your variety of pieces you chose.
3. Arrange the pieces on the floor before hanging them.
After gathering all your pieces, lay everything out on the floor how you’d like them to hang on the wall and try out different arrangements until you find something you like. Again, I truly believe you can’t go wrong with a gallery wall.
Make sure everything is evenly spaced, and your heavy objects remain balanced in your layout. In other words, don’t have all the big pieces on one side, and you’ll be fine. Mix the big pieces with the small pieces, the round with the square, and you’ll have a balanced looking layout.
Arranging everything on the floor before hanging helped me immensely with visualizing how it would look hung up on the wall. It also gave me the ability to easily rearrange things as needed to find the perfect layout.
4. Use tape to mark the area on the wall where each piece would hang.
For the OCD at heart, if you’re really hesitant before punching holes in the wall, you can always use masking tape to roughly mark off the area before you start hammering away.
I’m not much of a perfectionist when it comes to my decor (or anything considered “crafty” for that matter), so I skipped this step. I just laid things out on the floor and got to hanging. But if you’re not sure, then this is a great way to get a feel for the layout actually on the wall before you start punching in holes.
5. Hang them!
Once you have your desired layout, simply hang your pieces on the wall. It helps if you have two people – one to hold the pieces up and one to view the best positioning from a distance.
If punching a bunch of holes in the walls is still making your skin crawl (like it does my husband), you can always use these trusty command strips. Seriously guys, I love these things. They hang almost everything, they’re super easy to stick on, and they peel off the wall like a dream afterwards.
If you’re still feeling stumped, try searching on Pinterest. A simple search for “gallery walls” produces TONS of inspiring ideas. But just in case, here are some other great resources to get the creative juices flowing for your next gallery wall. (And be sure to follow me on Pinterest, while you’re at it!)
I’ve come to realize that I can’t let the decorating advice of well-meaning Pinterest experts claiming how to do it “the right way” stop me from making any decorating decisions at all. If I love what’s on my walls, it doesn’t matter if it’s “right”. Isn’t that the whole point of decorating your house, anyway? That YOU love it??
So I will leave you with the same…as you’re searching for gallery wall inspiration, go ahead and use the examples you find as just that: inspiration. But one thing I don’t want you to do is start perusing for inspiration only to find yourself intimidated, overwhelmed, and feeling inadequate with your personal decorating style. Trust me, I’ve been there for too many years to know how it ends…and that’s with blank walls. So take the examples for what they are. Don’t look too hard at them lest they stop you from accomplishing your decorating goals all together.
I know these tips will help simplify your decorating experience and have you creating your own gallery wall in no time!
Do you have any tips to add to creating your perfect gallery wall?
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