Create A Gallery Wall In Your Home

January 10th, 2012

Post by Becky

Over the years I have amassed what I suppose can be referred to as an art collection. It's a cacophonous mish mash of paintings, prints, photographs, sketches and the like that I have acquired at various art fairs, online galleries, on my travels, thrift stores, from artist friends, my kids, my own photos even. Some people buy shoes, I buy art. (Oh, ok, I buy shoes, too. But only truly beautiful, impractical ones. Which makes them like art anyway, so that doesn't count.) And I've honed my skills so that I can spot what I didn't even know I was looking for from miles away. So you see, buying art is not the problem. Hanging it is.

My dirty little secret is that I moved into my latest house at the end of July and my walls are still mostly bare. I manage to keep finding art, I just haven't been able to find the time to give it the attention it surely deserves. Yet I know I won't truly feel at home until I adorn my walls with the things I love.

So. . . looking for inspiration, I've been haunting design sites, home decor blogs and the multitudes of shelter magazines piling up around my favorite reading chair. After perusing all the how-to's and tips and tricks of the trade, it seems clear to me that there are no rules and that I can hang my art any ol' way please. The frames don't have to match. Heck, they don't even need to be framed. Eye-level is a nice rule of thumb, but sometimes rules were meant to be broken. Do you really want the small painting near your nightstand to be sky high? Spacing and the way objects on a gallery wall line up is clearly a personal preference based on images that pop up on Pinterest. But still, it's nice to have guidelines.

I've winnowed it down to two major options. One that suits my design sensibility and one that suits my life.

1) Clean and modern, same size and color frames, everything lines up. This works for my own photos that I have an endless supply of and can print and frame as I see fit, grouping like images together.


2) My eclectic collection begs for a more organic set up, like this gallery wall. It works with different sizes, textures, subjects, dimensions, frames, etc. and is a living, breathing thing.

Here are several sources I found helpful and will be referring back to often as I reach for my hammer (but not my measuring tape because that would take another six months.)

The Glitter Guide – How To Hang a Gallery Wall  

West Elm – Wall Gallery Resource   

Apartment Therapy – How To Hang Art In Groups Like Kate Spade  

Apartment Therapy – How To Hang Art In Groups So It Can Grow  

Design Formula – Making A Picture Wall Collage

Wish me luck! And I'm going to need it. Because the photo at the top of the page is my old house. This is my new one: