In the digital age we’re living in, it is increasingly common that our photos are stored on our computers and phones. While that works well for social media, how often are we really looking at those photos? I very passionately believe that photos are meant to be seen, and one of the best ways to do that is to hang them on your walls. Here are some things I’ve learned about creating a gallery wall in your home.
The first thing you need to do is figure out your style. If you’re going for a symmetrical look, consistency is key. Your prints should be all color, or all black and white, all framed the same way. Take it a step further by using only one frame size. To hang, tape off a large square or rectangle, and fill that space with your frames. You can also tape a straight midline, and hang your frames above and below it.
If symmetry is not your thing, you might prefer an arrangement that looks like it was collected over time. Don’t be afraid to use both color and black and white prints. For a more eclectic look, use a variety of frames in different styles and colors, although I like to find some factor to tie everything together. For example, you may choose to use a unique frame for each photo, but fill each one with a white matted print.
Mixed media gallery walls are a great way to incorporate other types of art into your display. Maybe you already have a carefully curated art collection, or you’ve been checking out some awesome free printables on pinterest. Maybe you'd like to frame your child's latest masterpiece (which I highly recommend.) Combine your favorite pieces with photos, signs, or even a clock, for a design only you can create.
Overall, be true to yourself. Your gallery should be a reflection of who you are. Every piece in it should be something that makes you happy when you look at it. Choose pieces that you have a personal connection to.
Some tips for hanging - arrange your artwork on the floor first, to make sure you’re happy with the layout. Keep your artwork at eye level, unless you’re going for a floor to ceiling gallery. A good rule of thumb is 60 inches from the floor to the base of the lowest frame, and keep two inches of space between frames.
I hope this inspires you not only to print your photos, but get them up on the wall. Don't forget to check out my Pinterest board for even more gallery wall inspiration!