A gallery wall can take on so many different forms – be it an irregular collage of frames or a more symmetrical ensemble. In any event, use a gallery wall to enhance your space (and showcase your favorite family memories while you’re at it) with these five tips.
A good rule of thumb, for gallery-wall-novices, is to ensure that your collection of frames and photographs have at least one cohesive factor – be it the aesthetic of the frames or the colors within the photographs themselves. If you’re opting for frames of varying sizes, limit yourself to a few sizes at first, stagger them on your wall space, and then add more versatile sizes as desired. The main thing you want to avoid is your gallery wall looking arbitrary and cluttered.
Have a Shape in Mind
The shape your gallery wall takes on largely depends on the availability of wall space. If you don’t have a specific shape in mind, start in the middle, with a personal favorite or particularly eye-catching photo or frame, and work your way outwards. This way, no matter what shape you end up with, you’ll have logical a focal point. Also, don’t forget about depth when planning your wall; try to select frames with similar depths, so that your gallery wall still appears cohesive when viewed from an angle.
Utilize Negative Space
As important as the physical frames and photographs are, the negative wall space between them is just as important. A good amount of wall space in between each frame will make your photos pop. Try to make the wall space between your frames as equal as possible.
Take Creative Liberty
When designing your wall, don’t feel limited by flat photographs and and frames. Try adding other wall-mounted décor to the mix to get a truly personalized effect.
Take Your Time
Above all, a successful gallery wall should be meaningful to its maker, so don’t rush to put your gallery up in the span of a weekend. Instead, give yourself weeks – even months – to carefully curate images that mean a lot to you, frames which you absolutely love, and a layout that really suits and enhances your space.