Posted by Alicia Sell
I have been wanting to try my hand at a gallery wall for a long time. It was one of those things that I pinned a million times and thought to myself “I can do that. It is easy.”
My first opportunity at creating a gallery wall came up when my sisters and I redid my mom’s office. As is usually the case with these types of projects, it isn’t as easy as it looks. In fact, if you love symmetry as much as I do gallery walls are pretty difficult. But, I can say for my first try I am happy with how it turned out. It isn’t perfect (I would have moved the images a little closer together next time) but I like it, and even better – my mom loves it. There were definitely some lessons learned that I thought I would share with Button Jar readers. I hope they are helpful! We would love to hear your tips and, even more exciting, we would love to see your gallery walls! Email us your pictures at email@example.com, send them through Facebook, or tag them with #buttonjargallery on Instagram so we can admire your amazing work!
Make it personal.
The best gallery walls have lots of sentimental or personal items. My favorite gallery walls are literally a collage of happy memories. For my mom’s wall, we chose to include personal family pictures and this DIY tree stump art project. We literally just took an old tree stump that my mom had laying in the garden, painted it with navy blue paint we used on the walls, and used it to create a print on the paper. It is a nice symbolic reminder of my mom’s love for the outdoors and gardening, as well as a symbolic reminder of the years of growth that we have had as a family to get to where we are today. It is simple but pretty and I love it.
Mix it up w/ media.
When I started the project all I had to work with was the personal photographs and our DIY tree stump art project. It felt like something was missing, so I searched my mom’s house to see if I could find anything that spoke to me. Miraculously, I found these really cool brass candle holders sitting in a box in my mom’s closet. Those wings on the sphinx move! And the candle holders pivot. They were a gift from her dear friend, Alix, but she wasn’t sure where to put them. I loved the gold color and their uniqueness. For my mom, it is a reminder of Alix. Win win.
Find a common theme.
Even though there are really no rules to limit you to what you should include in a gallery wall, it does help to find a common theme. For example, having items from a similar color theme helps unify the gallery wall visually. Or you can do all objects that have some wood incorporated or that have a similar theme, such as equestrian objects. For our project we went with a black, white and gold color scheme.
Put the hammer and nails down.
My first instinct was to just put a nail in the wall and build the gallery wall from there. An “organic” process, if you will. I went with that instinct, and I can tell you that it was a bad idea. Three holes in the wall and a few curse words later, I decided I should give templates a try. This leads me right into my next tip….
Templates are key.
They really are. I used wrapping paper to make my templates by tracing around the actual images. I laid it out on the table first, then tested that pattern on the wall as you see in the picture below. Once they were on the wall I realized it wasn’t quite right, so I rearranged it. About 50 times. Finally my mom told me she refused to let me move it one more time. She had her serious face on, so I knew that I should just stick with that layout.
Step back and enjoy!
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