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Your Weekend Project. Build a Gallery Wall. How To Guide.

Above wall created by You and Your Decor

A gallerie wall is the perfect way to add personality to your walls and make sense of the collection of photos, art, or any other objects that you may cherish.  Below, is a guide of how to put together your gallerie wall.

  1. Try to coordinate the art via its frame, border, or subject. The gallery wall will be alot easier on the eyes if there was some common thread in the pieces being used.

  2. Take inventory. Count and Measure all of your framed art, photographs and everything that you would like to include on your gallery wall. 

  3. Analyze your wall and the shape of the hanging area.

  4. Start with the largest or most awkwardly shaped piece, and draw a plan. This trick is great, because it will save time and frustration when hanging the art.  I typically use a 1/4 inch graph paper and a ruler, and draw the lay out to scale.

  5. If you are having trouble finding lay out inspiration, GOOGLE it. I get all of my inspiration for everything I do either on-line or through other imagery. 

  6. Use Painters tape as a guide. This is especially helpful if your layout is a rectangular shape.

Here are some photos of my most recent gallery wall installation:

(Above) This is the BEFORE: A totally blank wall, just screaming for attention!

(above) Here is the plan for this wall. Since the size of the art was so different, I decided to go with a "different" type of installation. I used a Bottom Heavy and Top Heavy line. Basically a trick of the eye.

(Above) Here we are using the painters tape to create that boundary in the installation, as seen in the above plan.

(Above) A shot of the photos being hung, using the tape as a guide line.

The after impact for this once "lifeless wall"

What do you think? Did this guide help? Would you consider installing a gallery wall in your home?

Your Chicago Interior Stylist & Interior Designer

Tiffany Brooks

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