We still have another ceiling in the den to remove popcorn in and paint walls before we move on to new wood floors in the living, dining, and den area. I'm super excited. Even though the living room isn't finished, I decided to put up a gallery wall. It is so nice to have one room semi put together while we tackle other projects.
We did this on a budget so lots of thrifting, painting, and up-cycling was involved. I will write a separate post about my how I to filled my wall on a budget.
Also, you may have noticed from the pictures this room has no overhead lighting. Because of that lamps were a must. I've been on the hunt for a pair that are not glass or ceramic because as mentioned above, I don't want to worry about them breaking. I found a great pair at Target.
And on to the results of my new gallery wall.
How to hang a beautiful gallery wall:
Normally, my method for gallery walls is to cut out several scrap pieces of paper the same size of the frames. Then I arrange them on the wall using tape. It's very forgiving because you can arrange a bunch and there are no holes in the wall. After you like the design, hang your frames right over the paper. It's easy!
This time around though, my frames are way bigger and it would have taken a ton of paper to use the method above. So I hung as I went. It was difficult. I highly recommend using the paper templates to find out what arrangement you like. There are lots of different ways to hang a gallery wall. But, I do have a few tips that have worked for me on making it look put beautiful and balanced.
Hang your biggest frames toward the center of your arrangement. Smaller ones on the outside.
Balance. It's hard to describe exactly how to do balance something and a lot time you just have to use your own intuition. However, it may help to think of a fulcrum lever. Don’t make one side heavier visually than the other.
Find an inspiration picture. Pin away!
Space your frames somewhat evenly. It doesn’t have to be exact but you don’t want a huge gap of space and then a frame floating in the middle of nowhere.
Go for a theme. Mine is nature. I also used muted earthy tones in the pictures. I also find it helps things to be cohesive if you use mostly one color frame.
Obviously, none of those are hard fast rules but it's a good starting point to work from.
Here's another arrangement I did at our old house. I did a horizontal line through the middle to give it some order.
And some of my favorite inspiration by Lauren Liess below.
Lauren did larger paintings in the middle, smaller on the outside on this gallery wall. Even though it is not exact on both sides it has a balanced feel.
Below, another interior gallery wall by Lauren Liess. She is great at using muted tones to make this feel cohesive.