I'm not one of those people that can just put something up in a room the first time and it work. My rooms and walls have to evolve over time. This gallery wall definitely evolved over time, but I've got some tips to help you get the perfect gallery wall in a much shorter time!
How to Create a Beautiful Gallery Wall
Tip one: Drag all your possible frames out and lay them in a way that you could see them on the wall. After you have dragged out 50+ items, remember that less can be more. Ha.
Tip 2: Make sure to take into account the room as a whole. For example, our room is pretty large and long. When I first put up the gallery wall last year spanning the whole wall... I liked it because it drew my eye. But, with the whole room, it looked cluttered. So, my advice here would be to allow your room to have some breathing space. Some rooms can pull off that floor to ceiling gallery wall. For example, Summer shared a gorgeous floor to ceiling gallery wall that looked fab! But other walls, when taking in account the room, need some breathing room. So, if you have one of the latter rooms... let it breathe.
Tip 3: Mix Black and Blue I have Jennifer from Brave New Home to thank for this one. I always shied away from incorporating black in my home, because I am a lover of navy blue. BUT, I think in a lot of instances, and gallery walls are one of them, black can be used as a neutral. So, use it as a neutral and embrace the black.
Living Room Gallery Wall Tips and Tricks!
Tip 4: Find Your Happy This is the hardest thing to do for me. One reason is that I like all kinds of design and another reason is because the design I think I want to have makes me feel boxed in. Does that make sense? Basically with this, I'm trying to say to free yourself. If you love it, embrace it. If it makes you happy, display it. Find your you! Your home should be a reflection of yourself and your family. So, forget the rules and embrace the many sides of you. Finding the harmony between them will be a ride (I'm still on mine!), but learn to enjoy it.
Tip 5: Mix Highs and Lows I think the greatest thing you can do for a space is mix high and low-end pieces. Invest in pieces that matter and that you know you'll have in the long-run but be willing to take in things that are cheaper that you like in the moment. For example, see that paintbrush art below? My husband painted that and it was super cheap. Do I love it? Yep! Do I always think I'll love it? Hmm, maybe, but I don't know. On the other hand, I adore the large scale reproduction art in the middle. Even though it is a reproduction it came professionally framed. So, for us that was a high or a splurge. Those "splurges" give more class and sophistication to some of the other cheaper items. So, don't be afraid to include cheap items with your splurges.