When it comes to Home or Office Deco, Gallery Walls could easily become a headache. Choosing the subject wisely, the selection of the frames, keeping the right distance between them and leaving the hammer on the side until the very final step, are the success factors for mastering a Gallery Wall.
I absolutely love the Gallery Walls because they can easily transform a simple, boring wall into a “canvas” of high interest. Is it easy to make it perfect? Not Really. But I do have a strong background and experience into hanging art at my home and my office, so here I am to share my tips on how to master it yourself!
Let’s start from the basics: the subject. It is very important to choose the artwork that will grace your wall based not only on your preferences in colors or designs but also on the overall balance of your space. A Gallery Wall is magnificent when it is properly connected with the aesthetics of the space. Choose the theme carefully, let it be something interesting, something that could calm your senses or something that triggers your emotions. Depending on the space, choose the theme accordingly.
I am personally in love with printed plants, because it’s like telling me a story everytime I look at them. This theme brings balance to my space, it activates my senses, it makes me relove nature.
2. CHOOSE FRAMES IN DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES
You can choose all frames to be exactly the same, you can make a selection of different frames material-wise or you can make a complete mix-and-match in sizes, shapes and materials. Nothing is wrong, unless it mirrors your mood and aesthetics. A nice blend would be a mixed shapes and sizes wall, so that to have a diversity.
When it comes to office deco though, there you could either choose blended diversity or complete similarity, depending on the space character. At my office I did both. I chose exclusively gold frames for all themes, but in different sizes though. I consider the gold frames ultra premium and i believe it’s a great way to highlight each theme perfectly.
3. DISPLAY IT ON THE FLOOR
Do not even thinking of using the hammer, before putting all the frames on the floor to see how they look side by side. Leave about two centimeters off each and start working on the composition, FIRST IN THE FLOOR, creating a rudimentary rectangle or square or even a diamond or pyramid shape layout. A free composition is also an interesting option, depending on concept you are working on.
The key to gallery wall planning is the balance. Start with your biggest pieces as an anchor and then build the rest around them.
4. USE PAPER TO DISPLAY IT ON THE WALL
To avoid unnecessary holes in the wall, you must plot the display in paper templates first. At this step, you have cut off thin paper pieces so that to trace out each frame you plan to hang and then cut to create the templates. Check the eye-level factor here, use your eyes to check if the whole display or a single frame needs to move up or down and feel free to move the templates around until you land on the exact formation.
5. HAMMER NAILS INTO THE WALL
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