Everyone seems to be into gallery walls at the moment. They are all over interior magazines and Pinterest and there's literally no escaping from them. Luckily I'm a big fan of them too. We have two gallery walls upstairs but I felt we really needed one downstairs as well. I find gallery walls incredibly mesmerising and I could stare at them forever. They tell a lot about the person living in the house too which is why I think they are particularly addictive. I didn't want this gallery wall to be too symmetrical but it had to go well with our colour scheme and the overall feel of our dining room. You probably know how obsessed I am with monochrome décor and gold accessories. Well, let's just say it was easy to pick the colour scheme for our gallery wall too!
I created a little mood board in Photoshop before I ordered the art because I wanted to be 100% certain with my selection. I also think it's really important to put all the art on a flat surface, like bed or a floor, so you can really see what they are going to look like on the wall. I placed the largest art piece, the gold palm canvas, on the right side, avoiding the middle section so it wouldn't dominate the entire wall. I made sure that the second largest print was on the left side, just to balance things out. Then I just kind of played around with all the other prints to see which layout was visually most appealing. I think I must have spent half a day reshuffling them until I was happy.
So the reason why this challenge couldn't have arrived at a better time is because I actually had a big blank wall in my dining room. In fact, I've had a big blank wall in my dining room for 6 years now. I'm kind of ashamed to admit it, considering I'm an interior blogger and all, but I just couldn't decide what to put up there. Also, we used to store baby equipment in this corner but now that my youngest daughter has grown out of them, I'm so glad to see them go and I can't wait to make this room feel a bit more grown up and glamorous.
1. If you're going for an unsymmetrical gallery wall mix at least 3-4 different types of frames/art to give it a collected look.
2. Preparation is everything. If you want to be 100% happy with your wall use Photoshop (or any similar software) to create a mood board first and then place the art on a flat surface like floor or bed before hanging it up.
3. Use cutouts from bin bags to help you visualise what the wall is going to look like. This will be especially handy in the hanging part. Remember to use painters masking tape so the tape doesn't damage the paint work on your wall.
4. Don't be afraid to go for one statement piece that's bigger than the rest.
5. Don't over think it. Trust your instincts and have fun with it!
Our dining room feels so much more glamorous now thanks to our new gallery wall but I have a feeling I'll be adding more art to it at some stage. I don't think gallery walls are truly ever finished. Next I'd like to add some smaller prints or wall ornaments to our wall display and I cannot wait to see how it will evolve with time.
I'd love to know what you think! Are you a fan of gallery walls?
*This post was sponsored by Wayfair. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as usual.