Tips for Creating an Unforgettable Gallery Wall

Before you determine the layout of a gallery wall or even hammer the first nail, check out these super tips to make your museum quality display unforgettable!

Choose the perfect wall color. How do you think museums and galleries create a sense of drama? Wall. Color. Believe it or not, wall color is an essential element of a successful gallery wall. Pick a color that enhances your photographs and artwork. One way to do that is to isolate a single color is runs through your collection and use it as the backdrop. Or paint the wall a color that complements each piece of art. Just make sure it doesn’t upstage your gallery!

Create a focal point. Galleries are rarely random arrangements. It takes a little planning to get just the right configuration. Plot out the layout on the floor before hanging the first picture. Select a photograph for the center of the display. Position it at eye level. Place the other images around and out from the center point.

Compile a vintage family album. Current family photos are fine, but a gallery wall will be much more interesting if you include photos of relatives from times gone by. Ask family members to contribute older photographs to your collection. If the images have tears or creases and need to be enlarged, take them to a photo or office center to digitally remove the imperfections and have them resized. If you have a scanner and photo editing software, you can tackle the job yourself.

Crop your photos artfully. Careful cropping brings the important subject matter to the forefront and eliminates superfluous content. Before you make a commitment, experiment by using four pieces of black construction paper to create the exact image you want to highlight.

Protect your walls and frames. If you’re a renter, consider using removable picture hangers to avoid having to fill dozens of wall holes before you move. If you’re still not crazy about a bunch of nail holes in your pristine dry wall, use a straight pin or specially designed curved hangers that insert into the dry wall and leave a small hooked end for picture hanging. Avoid damage to your frames and scuffs on the wall by applying felt disks on the backside of your frames.

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