Self-created Home Art has been increasing popular to showcase the homeowners' passion in more ways than one. A gallery wall usually consists of multiple framed (or not) pieces that cover a fairly large surface area. This way, the impact of an individual piece is multiplied and the overall effect is much more impressive. Putting together a gallery wall is all about your individual preferences (and keeping the rest of the room clean to point attention towards the artwork on the wall). Still, if you need a bit of guidance to execute the project successfully, you can count on a few simple and practical tips.
Decide on a Theme
You’ll find it much easier to design and hang a gallery wall by coming up with a topic or a theme. Many people think they need to have art pieces belonging to the same style or colour scheme in order to ensure gallery wall consistency.
Because you’re using multiple visual pieces, you could be telling a story. Go for something personal, emotional, touching or inspirational. It’s really up to you to decide what message you’re going to deliver. When you have an overall concept, you’ll find it much easier to select individual visual pieces that work together as a collective.
It’s a good idea to come up with a placement pattern before hanging the gallery wall. There are templates you can use for the purpose. Alternatively, know the dimensions and orientation of each art piece. This information will help you determine the kind of placement that will work best.
In some instances, people will go for linear placement or a grid. This gallery wall is very structured and mathematically precise. The individual pieces are aligned with each other and the space between an artwork and another one is consistent.
By determining the placement in advance, you’ll also get to decide what kinds of frames are best and how big each individual frame should be.
Let the Frames Make a Statment
There are many possibilities to explore when it comes to framing art. Traditional, ornate wooden frames add opulence and some bohemian charm to your gallery wall. If the artworks themselves are very colourful and detailed, simple and clean frames would work best. You can also feature frames that have different colours and shapes (squares, triangles, rectangles) to make the overall statement much more dynamic and engaging.
If you don’t know how to approach framing, consider buying art pieces that are already professionally framed. Alternatively, get some help from an interior design professional. Frames could enforce a particular interior design style, which is why you’d want to make the right selection.
Most people would place a gallery wall behind the sofa in the living room. Instead of doing so, choose an entire wall that’s visible and cover it from top to bottom.
Alternatively, hang empty frames that don’t contain any artwork at all. This unusual idea will make such a massive statement that you wouldn’t need anything else to make the living room décor complete.
Don’t be afraid of being bold and out there. If you believe in the concept and it’s not just a snobbish attempt to do something different, the outcome will be raw and emotionally-impactful.
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