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Gallery Wall HOW TO!

Any large, empty wall space is calling out for a stylish and quirky gallery wall. Whether it’s the empty space over your couch, or your bed, or over a desk: a gallery wall can serve as an expression of images that inspire you or surround you with pictures of the ones you love. However, it can be a daunting task to get the spacing and the arrangements just right. That’s why we’re here today, folks! FEAR THE GALLERY WALL NO MORE!

Let’s begin by measuring the space on your wall that you want to fill. Tape that space out on your floor, including switch plates or anything extra on the wall that you need to consider. Now, gather all of the frames, special items, posters that you’d like to display in your gallery. (NOTE: If you have items you want to hang but you don’t have them in your hot little hands yet, just use tape to represent their dimensions in your arrangement.)

Arrange your items within the taped off space as you’d like to see them displayed on the wall. Once you’re thrilled with your arrangement, it’s time to hang.

Take the largest or most central piece, the frame or item that anchors the entire arrangement, and hang it on your wall. You already know where to hang it because you were super careful to measure it’s position within your taped-off floor gallery. You are so very smart: GO YOU.

Then, measuring, remove a piece at a time from the floor arrangement and hang!

Keep measuring the floor and hanging according to those measurements on the wall. It’s a gallery wall. All good things take time. Keep hanging. (If this DIY isn’t your jam, just go ahead and contact me and my team will get it done as a part of your design plan.)

Complete making adjustments as needed (it’s just a tiny hole, don’t stress too much!) When you’re happy, level each piece, applying putty in the bottom corners to keep them in place.

Voila! Stylish, gallery wall. And you did it all.by.yourself. You’re amazing.

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Color Boost

My clients built this gorgeous house when they moved to Atlanta as newlyweds. After a while, they decided it needed a shot of personality. That’s where my team comes in! We decided on a palette of navy, aqua, gray and coral to bring some life into their home. Boost!

I like “before & after” pictures because it helps show what we did, and what you can do in your home. Interested in doing a dark color? Try it in a small but impactful place like an entry way. Have an awkward room that nothing is happening in but happens to be at the front of the house? Turn it into a sitting room with outfitted shelves full of conversation starters, add comfortable bright chairs and a bar cart and now you have a place to talk with a friend or a quiet place to read. File this away for your place by pinning it here!

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Here’s the rest of the first floor, featured in Color Boost: The Sequel. Enjoy!

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How to Create a TV Gallery Wall (and why I don’t trust people that don’t watch TV)

I respect people that say they don’t own a TV, but I am 98% sure we will not be good friends. I need to relate on some pop culture level. I do not need you to know the details of the Kardashian’s last sisterly fight or the names of all the Housewives, but a knowing nod and disbelieving gasp about House of Cards or Parenthood or Brooklyn 99 (the list goes on) goes a long way. Also, they might be evil. I mean, if people do not watch TV, what do they do with all their time? Probably build bombs. (And this post is how I came to be followed by the NSA, kids).

For the rest of us muggles, television is a necessary part of our lives and therefore we must decorate around it. I typically do not try to hide the TV but I do like to diminish its visual impact. I love using a gallery wall to do this.

I recently put together a lovely feminine bedroom suite for a client. She needed to be able to see her TV from her bed and sitting area. She found an artist she liked and we selected floral, feminine art to surround her TV.

TV Gallery Wall Floral

Floral Gallery Wall and table top view

My inspiration came from these beautiful gallery walls…

This wall works because the art ties beautifully together – it is natural, simple, lovely. It does not fight with the television but you barely notice that it’s there!

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via theaestate.com

I love how this gallery goes around the side of the chest of drawers. I doubt I would do this on both sides of a piece of furniture but I might balance this on the other side with a large fiddle leaf ficus or a floor to ceiling drapery panel.

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via burlapandlaceblog.com

So be proud you own a TV, binge watch away and decorate that fabulous black box with a great gallery wall.

See the rest of my client’s room here.

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Gallery Wall Tips and Tricks

Who doesn’t love a great wall of artistically displayed art and photography? When doing a gallery wall, the trick to making it look like a “collection” is to have a unifying element. For example, all the art or photographs have a bit of red in them.

Frames can serve this “unifying” function as well. If the frames are colorful or vary widely from each other, print the photos all in black and white. If frames are all different colors and the photos or art are also colorful, it can look a bit campy or childish (however, great for a child’s space!). Likewise, if you have a compilation of different types of paintings, drawings and photographs, make sure the frames are similar. They don’t need to be the same, however. For example, if they are all gold, keep the finish similar, but have different sizes, thicknesses and some with large mats and others with no mats at all.

I’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to the West Elm Gallery Frame.  I love these so much. I used the antique silver with the linen mats and black frames with white mats. The silver works with a variety of metallics since it is antiqued. They also have great gold, white and mirrored finishes. My clients will hang colorful pictures of their family here. This works because, although the frames are different, they are simple, and thoughtfully hung in a zigzag pattern and in variety of sizes.  These are beautiful to hang (come with a paper guide you can tape to the wall and hammer nails directly into) and look great in traditional and modern design alike! Whoop!

West Elm Gallery Frame silver and black gallery wall

What a difference, right?!

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Other Designer Picture Hanging Notes and Tips:

1.  If you are hanging a picture on the wall, you do not need the table top arm on the back. It will make your art stick out oddly from the wall. Remove it. Most can be removed with a smidgen of elbow grease and pliers.

2.  You will never worry about crooked pictures again if you use a level and this putty.

3. Rules were made to be broken. Peruse Pinterest or other sites for galleries you like, figure out what you like about them, why they work and copy that!

What gallery ideas and tips do you love right now?

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Children’s Art Gallery Wall

Two little boys needed a room to play and do their homework. I was working with Cristi Holcombe on this design and she suggested a gallery wall with the boys’ art. Their mom had a huge bin (as all mothers do) where she stashed their work away. I picked up colorful frames all over town to create this gallery wall that can grow as they do, adding more frames and changing out old work to highlight the latest masterpiece. My favorite piece is the self-portrait in the black frame where I cut up one painting to use as a colorful border. You should have seen their faces when they saw their work on the wall!

I was so inspired by this project I had my daughter (a 6 year old budding artist in her own right) create a huge family portrait for our entry way. The boys look normalish but she gave herself rainbow hair and I have a massive gold dress. It’s pretty awesome. When I get it matted in bright orange, I’ll show you.

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Get out your markers, scissors and colored pencils and create your own masterpiece wall this weekend!

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