Tips and Tricks for Making the Perfect Gallery WallAugust 18 2022
Some might think the gallery wall is dead, but I couldn’t disagree more. A good gallery wall can add so much life and interest to a space! That said, I get it – hanging a gallery wall can feel a little intimidating. But don’t fear: I’ve hung so many gallery walls in my days, I’ve lost count. And along the way I’ve developed some awesome tips and tricks for making the perfect gallery wall. Some of these tips involve tracing paper, some of them involve rolled-up balls of tape, and some of them even involve earthquake putty. You’ll see what I mean!
Tips and Tricks for Making the Perfect Gallery Wall
1. PICK A WALL THAT’S BIG ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE MULTIPLE FRAMES
Unless you have the scale planned out appropriately, a gallery wall might look like it’s scrunched up on a smaller wall. I like to use large wall spaces to do big gallery walls – like ascending up a staircase!
2. DON’T PUT A GALLERY WALL NEXT TO SOMETHING BUSY
Gallery walls are cool, but they involve hanging a lot of things on the wall. You don’t want to give your eyes too much work to do, so plan to do one in a space that isn’t competing with other busy visual things.
3. TRACE YOUR FRAMES ONTO PAPER AND CREATE A HANGING TEMPLATE
Last October I was on the TODAY Show telling Hoda and Jenna about how to hang gallery walls, and I shared some pretty cool tricks with them! One of those tricks is this: Trace all the items you want to hang on your gallery wall and cut them out. Then you can tape them up on your wall and move the traced paper “templates” of your frames around until you find the right balance. No need to put a ton of holes in your walls! You can watch the video HERE of me demonstrating this trick.
4. USE EARTHQUAKE PUTTY TO SECURE YOUR FRAMES
Once you have your gallery template figured out, take some earthquake putty and stick it to the back corners of your frames. I do this in California because, hello, we have earthquakes here. But I’ve also found that the putty helps secure the frames to the walls so they don’t tilt. Win, win! It’s one of my secret gallery wall weapons!
5. USE TAPE TO MARK WHERE YOUR NAILS SHOULD GO
Another trick I shared on the TODAY Show (watch it here): take some painter’s tape, ball it up, and put it on the back of your frame where the mounting hardware is located. Gently press the frame onto the wall, and the tape ball will transfer to the wall. Now you’ll know exactly where you need to hammer in your nails – magic!
6. USE A LEVEL TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS STRAIGHT
Don’t skip this step! Once you have everything hung, take your level to make sure everything is hanging straight. Trust me, your eyes will thank you! 😊
7. TRY OUT A PICTURE LEDGE GALLERY WALL
Maybe this is more your speed! If you don’t want to hang a bunch of things on the wall (or want more freedom to change out art without creating more nail holes), hang a picture ledge or two and create a photo wall. Then you can change out photos and art to your heart’s content!
Make sure you use different frame sizes to create dimension, and if you want a cleaner look, try printing all your photos in black and white or sepia tone.
Bottom line: If it’s something you love, and it’s on your wall, it’s gonna look great no matter what!
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