Have you ever fancied creating a gallery wall in your home somewhere?! Does the thought terrify you? Or maybe you have a wall beginning to be covered, but you’re not sure where to begin.  Well here is my guide to creating an awesome gallery wall.  

Where? 

Halls are always a popular room (does a hall actually count as a room, if not what do we call?! LOL).  Along with the Living Room following closely behind.  But actually, you can create a gallery wall in any room really and why not they are such fun! 

I created my first gallery wall in my son Samuel’s room. I had so much fun, especially with the prints and picture rails.  It gave me such freedom to chop and change. See the original post here.

How? 

So, when I came to create a whole new gallery wall in my own hall, I knew I wanted to use a mixture of photos and prints to create a fun and unique space for all to share.  So how did I decide what to use, how did I decide where to fit it all in, HOW DID I DO IT???!!!! 

Firstly I’m not sure why I shouted the last part of the question.  Secondly whether any of you actually care, but here goes anyway.  My step by step guide to creating a gallery wall… 

  1. Identify the space you want to create your gallery wall on. 
  2. Take into account the space/room it is in, including any décor, theme, space, light etc. 
  3. Choose a few key pieces that will be the basis/foundation of the gallery wall (in my case one giant print spotted on Instagram from the fabulous Doodle Moo started it all off) 
  4. Choose your colour palette from your key pieces and stick to them.  This is not a hard and fast rule and completely depends on your space and style. However as a general rule it’s definitely worth working towards especially if you are unsure.  For example I choose to have a few big prints in similar matching bright pastel tones.  In addition I kept the rest monochrome along with the frames. 
  5. From here, choose some treasured pics, awesome prints (typographic and bold designs always work well).  And possibly a few quirky extra’s in there (papermache stags head, mirrors, dream-catchers, clocks etc.).  Try and use both landscape and portrait orientation as well as different shapes (circles, squares as well as standard picture size etc.) 
  6. Pinterest is a great source of gallery walls to get inspiration from, find your style!  The key is to create something that looks like they have just evolved over time without much thought and a little bit of (planned) chaos.  Rather than something which is extremely uniform and obviously staged. 
  7. If you have the space lay out all the items on the floor and arrange until you are happy with how it looks.  A great way to be sure about the layout before committing to the wall.  If you don’t have the space then another option is to cut out the shapes of all your frames/pics etc. in brown wrapping paper.  Then use masking tape to attach to the wall, again keep re-arranging until you are happy with your layout.  Lastly you simply replace with the real thing. 
  8. Stand back and enjoy! 
gallery wall

WIN!

So, there you have it my top tips to creating your very own awesome gallery wall!  Now to get you started…

I have joined forces with the fabulous Bold Print Studio, home of stylish and fun personalised prints.  So, for your chance to win your very own print from Bold Print Studio, then make sure you are following us on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook.  I’ll be posting details of how to enter tomorrow morning, along with a 15% off code for you all. So, what’s stopping you…  

Fay x 

 

Top Tip: Now if you are someone who can’t be 1. bothered to wait for someone to come and hang all your pics and/or 2. don’t want to / can’t drill in the wall you want to use, then help is at hand.  Command Strips are the work of an angel from heaven.  Simple ‘sticky’ strips in a variety of finishes that you can use to stick up pictures (up to 7.2kg), all on your own without any help, without having to wait and without ruining your wall!  Genius, go check them out!  

Finally here are some of the amazing small businesses that I used to create my wall with…

Bold Print Studio

Doodle Moo

The Native State

Steven Brown Art

The Range 

Cheryl Rawlings