How to Build a Gallery Wall
With us all faced with spending more time at home, follow the lead of influencers and the fashion-pack and make a DIY project out of creating your perfect gallery wall.
It’s an easy way to make a statement and inject interest into just about any room, and creating a gallery wall in your home requires minimal actual DIY skill - phew!
Do Your Planning
The secret to a picture wall that looks stylish and not haphazard is planning. Using different frames, different sizes and different styles that have been carefully chosen to go together will create an effortless style.
The top piece of advice when choosing wall art is simple, find something you love. If you see something and it does not foster feelings of enjoyment, excitement or relaxation, don’t put it on your wall. It is your home, your design, and your money being spent and you want it to be a reflection of your personality and taste.
If you need a bit of uniformity in your life, we suggest sticking to frames in the same colour. Classic frames would be a good place to start - You can then mix up the images you display in them for impact.
How do I choose my style?
You can style your gallery wall by matching the style of your room, including the furniture you already have i.e. If you are drawn towards modern & contemporary, look for wall art that are also contemporary in design. However, if you love classic furniture the art you choose will fall within this interior style. If you're a lover of Scandinavian style think about mixing wooden picture frames with white wood frames.
Or you can theme your wall by colour, or if in doubt, stick to black and white. You could always use the same colour art but in different shades. You could select a theme for the art; nature, portraits, animals - whatever your favourite subject.
When planning your art wall do consider the frames. Whether you go modern or mix and match with different colours and types of frames, your framing can bring just as much style and personality to your space as the artwork itself. Taking into account different textures or colours is also a vital decision to achieving your art wall of dreams. Do check out our framing blog if you need help with where to buy frames and the different sorts you can get.
Arranging Your Gallery Wall
Once you’ve chosen your designs, the next step is to lay them out on a flat surface where you have ample space, like the floor. Now is the point that it’s vital to take your time arranging them - once they’re on the wall, there’s no going back. Play with the placements and positions until you’ve got a gallery wall style you’re totally happy with, they say stick to odd numbers, as it looks much better but, again, that’s your personal choice and dependent on the space you are working with.
Knowing the size of your wall is a good place to start. Measure out how much space you want your art wall to take up, before buying any new pieces or hanging up your precious heirloom. You can get a better visual understanding of how your art wall should look (and how big it should be) by using paint tape straight onto the wall, as a preview.
Remember to measure out the spacing between the art prints, as this is just as important for the final look. This helps the art breathe and stand out separately as well as being part of a whole. In the end, it is down to personal taste how much space you want between each piece, but we would recommend somewhere between 3-10 cm to ensure the overall look is pleasing to the eye.
Finalising Your Gallery Wall
Before hanging your art wall – check what you have laid out on the floor one more time, look out for cohesion and spacing and do not be afraid to change things up if you are not feeling it.
It is time to decide where the centre of your gallery wall is going to be. We also advise not hanging your artwork too high. However, the centre of your art wall should be approximately 1.5m from the floor. This represents the average human eye-height and is often used as a standard in galleries and museums.
Now all you need is nails, a hammer and a spirit level, and patience to ensure your pictures are straight!
If you’re in a rented property, check with your landlord before drilling holes into the walls… If you're not allowed, you could consider using command strips to stick prints on the walls, or ask your landlord if they would allow one or two picture shelves.
Ikea offer a selection of picture ledges in black, white and a natural wood colour, and you can pop your prints on the shelves one above each other mixing height up. Then you get the joy or re-arranging them whenever you like!
Once hung, stand back admire and enjoy!