Thursday, September 20, 2012

Trick to creating your GALLERY WALL

Trick to creating your GALLERY WALL!

I am sure many of you, like myself, have those large black walls that you just don’t know what to do with. As you tear interior design magazines and are “pinning” like crazy trying to figure it out, I am sure you have seen the very lovely and chic trend of “gallery walls”. This is simply a collection of prints, pictures, accessories and framed items that you collage together. 

I love the effect of filling an empty wall with a medley of photographs and pieces of artwork that have special meaning. There’s something lovely about arranging things into a perfectly masterminded yet haphazard cluster. A perfect mess, if you will. While the final look appears casual and uncalculated, there is actually a method to the madness. Creating a wall gallery is no easy feat. That’s why I’ve put together this guide to teach you how to hang a wall collage with finesse.
 I not only have used this technique in my house but also for many of my clients. It is the prefect solution to fill those large bank walls and highlight all of those pieces that “have not found their place” on your walls!

1. Decided what you want to hang~
  • Mixing the same medium is usually easiest—photographs, black and white prints, colorful artwork etc. 
  • The pieces can either be the same size or varied.
  • If you don’t want to spend a fortune on frames, go to your local flea market and pick some up. If they don’t match, simply paint them a uniform color. 
  • You don’t have to spend a fortune to fill the frames either. You can use scraps of leftover wallpaper, old photos, pages from a vintage book or even leave them empty. Or use your favorite personal photos—it’s a great way to add a touch of warmth and personality to your space.
*NOTE: Typically if I set out to purchase all new frames to fill, I like to get 3 different sizes (4x6, 5x7, 8x10) and an odd number of each. You would be surprised how odd numbers create the perfect puzzle on your wall.

2. Next, plan it~ Before you start nailing holes into the wall.
  • Lay out all of your pictures out on the floor in front of the wall, or in an open space.
  • Groupings look most cohesive when frames are spaced tightly together (about 1 to 2 inches). However, if there is an extra large piece in the mix, give it a little extra room to breathe like an 1nch or so. 
  • Start with the biggest pieces first and then work around them if you are mixing sizes.
Here are some different configurations. I find that sometimes just playing around with it, sometimes works better than being calculated.

3. Create Templates~
  • Use butcher paper or newspaper to trace out all of your collage pieces.

4. Test it~
·         Just because the collage looks good on the floor doesn’t mean it will work on the wall.
·         Transfer your paper collage (your paper cutouts) using tape, to the wall. If something doesn’t look write, simple move them around until it does.
·         Frames should hang at eyelevel or around 5 feet. If you’re exceptionally tall or have very high ceilings, you can hang them a tad higher.

5. Hang it~ Create your masterpiece.
·         Keep your paper up on the wall and measure where you your hangers should go buy measuring how far the hang down on the actual frame
·         Once you feel confident, start hammering away, and replace the paper with your frames.
·         Make sure to pull off the paper from the wall- silly but you would be surprised!

Here are just a few that I have done for my clients
You will notice that I was missing a frame and still have my template in it's place on the far left hand side :)
This client has a lot "word art" that she wanted to showcase in one place
There you have it! Your very own picture gallery!

Happy Hanging!

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