Creating Your Castle Gallery…
Welcome to the Castle! I am so honored to feature the talents of nine gallery wall experts on my post today. They have generously shared their tutorial links with tips and shortcuts that will help you finish that gallery wall you’ve been dreaming of. By the time you’re finished the link tour, YOU will be an expert, too.
Your Tour Guide…
If you haven’t met me yet, I’m Darlene and I will be your smiley tour guide! 🙂
I am so thankful for the help of these generous women.
While visiting their blog sites
it would be so sweet if you would Pin your favorite images or
submit an encouraging comment at the bottom of their posts. 😉
Just press the pink link below each photo and you’ll be transported to their own blog post about gallery walls. Just don’t forget to come back and catch the next link.
Each guest will demonstrate the flexibility that a gallery wall offers, along with some ingenious methods for mounting it.
So, What’s a Gallery Wall?
It’s a group of photos, art, or decor that transforms your wall into a great conversation starter and entertains guests while you heat the appetizers. Win-win!
Yet it’s so much more. It’s a chance to express yourself and engage people with your passions and/or loved ones.
Rachel at Craving Some Creativity – a lovely example of a grid gallery wall arrangement and a slick way to get the D-ring to hook onto the screw when hanging. She also graciously shares the touching story behind these beautiful prints.
Instead of scattering isolated photos or art pieces throughout your home, grouping them makes a stronger impact where you can create a theme, tell a story, display your collection, or celebrate an event or loved ones.
Stephanie from What’s on my Porch – a charming example of a Farmhouse style wall gallery featuring a meaningful collection of antique collectibles and a really cool clock. I love how she explains some of the principles of design she used.
So, go through the pile of photos and décor pieces that survived your Power Purge, and create a master gallery wall in your castle refuge.
Jen from Jennifer Rizzo – Jen demonstrates how to lay out your gallery in a magic square or rectangle on the floor. I also love the way she incorporated the pot of real flowers. What a great way to add a splash of seasonal colour to your walls and regularly treat yourself to some blooms! 🙂
You’ve Got This!
Attempting a wall gallery can be overwhelming. So, instead of giving up and leaving your memories stored in a box, #sadending, lets create a happy ending to this decorating drama. Shall we?
Amber from Amber Oliver – Look mom – no nails! I like her tip for hanging a gallery without putting a single nail in the wall. She also demonstrates how she expanded her original gallery grouping and created a seamless design that is the perfect size for her new furniture arrangement.
Creating Your Own Castle Gallery
Here are a few tips to help you determine where to locate your new gallery wall.
The mom in me just has to state the obvious –
Whacking your shoulder on a shelf in the hallway at two A.M. is #notcool.
In high traffic areas like hallways stick with flat pieces for safety.
- Hallways, stairways, or an area where there is no deep furniture between the viewer and the gallery, allow the viewer to look closely at your collection. These are the best locations for photo galleries of events and people that the viewer will want to look at closely without climbing on the sofa.
Ashley from Bigger Than the Three of Us – a gorgeous hallway travel gallery. It’s safe for this high traffic area and its modern simplicity makes a dramatic statement. Ashley also has a link on her post demonstrating how to cut the mat yourself to save on costs. You also don’t want to miss this extra post she included on how important it is to GO LARGER THAN YOU THINK YOU SHOULD WITH PICTURE SIZES.
- In contrast, art and decorative objects are best appreciated from a distance of at least three feet, so the wall space above larger furnishings like sofas or large buffets is a great location because it keeps the viewer at the correct distance.
Ashley from Cherished Bliss – this shows how you can display chunky rustic pieces with pictures over a sofa and not have to worry about bumping them as you would in a hallway. She has a short video which demonstrates, in fast-forward, her installation process and how she successfully created a gallery in an area with a low ceiling.
- Analyze the wall where you will be hanging the grouping and decide what size your grouping should be.
- If there will be a piece of furniture below or beside the gallery, visually include it in your arrangement. For example, if you were to hang your collection above a buffet the bottom edge of the grouping will follow the shape of whatever you place on the buffet, as picture below. Note how the frames “nestle in” around the buffet arrangement to create an extension of it.
Corey from Hey There Home – Corey has six great planning questions that will help you figure out which style best suits your needs. She demonstrates how a grouping follows the shape of the surrounding furnishings which visually merges the table and lamp into the gallery grouping.
- Is there a chair in front of the gallery wall? Arrange the gallery pieces to the left or right of it creating an asymmetrical grouping that follows the chair’s shape. Start lower on the wall than you normally would.
- Similarly, you can go vertical with your collection on a narrow portion of wall between two wall openings or frame an upright hutch.
What to display?
This is where you can be really creative.
- Photos and art are always popular, however there are many new and interesting options shown in the featured links today that give you artistic licence to break with tradition or honor it.
- As long as it can be safely fastened to the wall, it can be considered wall décor. Step outside the box and follow your imagination!
- By balancing the design elements like colour, texture, line, shape, space, and form (3D objects) when you lay out your pieces, you will achieve a more professional result. I’ll explain how this is done below.
The choice is yours. Have fun with it!
How to display?
Principles are HOW you use the element of design, mentioned above, in your project. They will help you create the “WOW!” effect you’re going for. Choose three of the following principles to apply to your arrangement.
Unity – Harmony “We Have So Much in Common”
Is there a common theme or similarity between most of the pieces?
Perhaps it’s a repeated frame colour or style among the pieces.
Choosing a black and white theme (as pictured below) or repeating the same texture, like weathered barn wood, for several pieces will unite them as a group.
Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule – I especially love her stair wall gallery, a very challenging space shape. She features many more galleries in her home that you won’t want to miss – especially the one above her buffet that features a mirror as her focal point. Mirrors bounce light, create the illusion of space, and provide a functional element.
Visual Balance “Shake It Up”
- When you lay out your collection, be sure you achieve balance by mixing the sizes, shapes, and colors up.
- For example, you won’t want all the large items on one side and small ones on the other. Mix them up.
- Create a rhythm of colour, shape or finish (metal, wood, etc.) that repeats here and there thorough your layout.
Dominance – Focal Point “The Perfect Hostess”
- When you have all of your pieces together on the floor, squint your eyes to make them blurry.
- Is there one dominate piece that draws your eye to it?
- Call that piece your focal point and locate it near the center of your grouping.
- Much like the the perfect hostess, this piece will engage the viewer and direct her into the group before letting her “mingle” on her own with the other gallery pieces. Without the hostess-like focal piece, the viewer won’t be engaged and might decide to leave the grouping altogether.
Scale – Proportion “I Thought Something Was a Little Off”
- You should scale the collection area to its surroundings.
- If you are creating a floor to ceiling gallery with an extensive collection, make sure your pieces are much larger so they suit the scale of the area. If you haven’t already, visit this post by Ashley that I referred to above.
- Is your gallery above a piece of furniture? Keep the width of the collection just a little narrower or wider than the width of a sofa or buffet. If it is exactly the same width it will tend to look rigid.
This photo of my entry illustrates just how “lost” a picture can look when it is too small for the area. A gallery grouping is in the planning stages for this wall. Finally!! 🙂
Similarity – Contrast “The Perfect Marriage”
- Again, squint when you have your arrangement on the floor during the planning stage. Is there enough similarity to create unity? Is there enough contrast to create interest.
- Think of it as the perfect relationship – you want to be similar enough to relate, yet different enough to create that spark of interest.
Our guests have such great ideas for hanging gallery walls. They demonstrate every method from nails to special adhesive products that allow you to create a gallery without damaging the wall.
Seng from Sengerson – a great grouping of mix media and photographs. I love her quick method for mounting her pieces and her suggestion to live with her rough paper arrangement for a few days before hanging the actual pieces. Also, the functional clock and mirror make her gallery earn its prime real estate!
So, tour through the links and have fun with it!
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