5 tips to perfect a do-it-yourself gallery wall

March 12, 2015

Gallery walls are the way to go. They're inexpensive, quick to put together and a great way to add some personality to your home. That is, if it's done well. Picking the wrong accessories can just make your walls look messy. Don't let this happen to you. Here are five pointers to perfect your very own gallery wall. 

1. Stick to one theme
Just like any at-home project, you'll need to pick a theme. If you try to mesh some bohemian, chic and rustic pieces, you'll wind up with an eyesore. Be decisive and consistent. This will help you narrow down your choices and prevent you from buying unnecessary decor. Picking out the theme can be a lot of fun. You get to decide if it'll be family, travel, books or anything else you'd like.

2. Think outside the box
As Vogue magazine pointed out, you don't have to fret if you don't have a hammer handy. The source suggested placing your framed pieces of work on shelves and window sills. You're not confined to one framework when creating your gallery wall.

3. Find unique fillers
Put whatever your heart desires into each photo frame. Think: maps, love letters, plane tickets. The more nostalgic the item, the better. Just remember to stick to your theme. Get creative with it and use wallpaper as the backdrop for an old photo. 

4. Occupy a dull space
Everyone has that one part of the home that's just downright boring, be it above the staircase, the left wall in the living room or that empty space in your foyer. A gallery wall is a great way to dress up an empty wall. Think about arranging one in your hallway or some other part of the house that doesn't exactly sparkle. 

5. Put tape down for guidance
It's hard enough to decide where you'll put the gallery wall. Then, you're faced with a number of other decisions. How far apart should the pictures be? Should the gallery be in the middle of the wall or off-center? It can seem as if your friends have a secret weapon to perfect their gallery walls. And, they do. 

According to Meg Biram blog, that extra-special something is tape. Place a strip of it across the wall before you hang the first photo. Doing so will give you a precise space between the first and second layer of photos. Put tape down to mark all of the spaces of your wall. That way, you can see if you like the placement before you start hammering away. 

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