Gallery style photo walls have become ever more popular in the past couple of years. They are simple yet dramatic ways or showing off photographs, artwork, and family mementos. I have added some tips for creating your own gallery wall at home!
1. Choose photographs, art, and mementos you would like to frame – you can choose your items at random or with a color scheme (Black & white, monochromatic, or all color).
2. Decide on a layout – do you want your gallery wall to be symmetrical and very modern, or the look as though it has been collected over time (various sizes and shapes).
3. Find Frames for your items. If you take your time very often you can find frames at thrift stores, on sale, or at yard sales. Find frames that fit your item and are the same color; meaning all white frames, all black frames, etc. You can also search for frames that you just like and then just spray paint them to the color of your choice. I would also suggest having the matting be consistent also, white would be great, but any color of your choice would work, this is what brings it together.
4. Layout your arrangement on the floor – this is the best time to arrange and rearrange to get the perfect layout for your frames without making a number of unnecessary holes in the wall.
5. Create templates of your frames – find newspaper or butcher paper and trace around your frames, this is also a good time to mark on the paper where the nail will have to go, and number or name your templates so you don’ t mix them up.
6. Hang your templates on the wall w/ tape – Mimic the layout you created on the floor up on the wall; this also allows you to move things around if they are not working. Make sure the center of your collage in at 5’ tall, most people hang their art too high and then it’s not appreciated at eye level. This is also the time to make sure the templates and frames come out level.
7. Add the nails and hang up your frames! – Add the nails to where you had marked them earlier. Hang up the frame to make sure it mimics the template location. If it works, remove the template. This is the time to see the final product and enjoy! :)
I found this website that has a more visual ideas of the steps I created: go here.
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