I’ll admit, Goodwill shopping wasn’t the only thing Jen and I did together while in Minnesota. Before heading to Goodwill for the meet up, Jen stopped by my sister’s new house to help with a gallery wall. Ash wanted us to work on her master bedroom, requesting an asymmetrical gallery wall above these two chairs.
I cut mats and framed the art she already had the night before. When Jen arrived, she and I started arranging the frames on the floor. That’s tip number one if you’re planning your own gallery wall. Lay the frames, with art inside, on the floor to arrange and rearrange until you like the layout. Before hanging, take a picture of the arrangement for reference as you go along. From there, you can go about hanging two ways.
The most fool-proof method is tracing the frames on paper, taping the templates to the wall, nailing through the paper and then hanging the frames like we did for our basement gallery wall. We didn’t do this. My sister loves free form designs, so we started by hanging the largest frames at the center of the group and working our way out. Which brings me to my second tip; arrange the largest frames first then fill in with smaller frames.
Armed with a layout Jen and I loved, I eyeballed the placement, asking Jen to stand back and tell me that she thought. Then, started hammering nails and hanging frames.
- Arrange the frames on the floor or make templates to move things around before you start pounding holes in your walls.
- Start with larger frames then fill in with smaller items.
- Don’t leave too much space between frames. 1 to 2 inches is perfect.
- Use the same colored frames to unify different styles. And mats make anything look like art.
- If hanging by or around a piece of furniture, arrange the frames to follow the furniture silhouette.
That’s the way the cookie crumbles. I had so much fun chatting with Jen, and I think she even learned a few tricks and tips.