How to Create a Gallery Wall

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in art, family room | 35 comments

I’m not up with the times culturally speaking.

Like the other night, while we were watching the Olympics (which is the first network TV  I’ve watched in a LONG time) a commercial came on for a show called The Voice.

Seems that all of the people who host The Voice are at the top of the fame ladder…

…and I didn’t recognize any of them except for Usher

…and that’s only because he sang part of a song with Justin Bieber…and my 9 year old went through a time where she loved his songs…and we listened to that very song over and over and over.

So yesterday morning, I decided I was going to change all of that.

I was going to catch up…be able to talk about the latest movies…recognize famous people…know what the latest TV shows are.

I was all prepared to fold some laundry and watch some morning talk shows…

…until I figured out that I didn’t know how to turn our TV on.

Because we don’t have one remote; we have 3.  And you have to make sure that the TV is on and the box is on and each remote controls a different part.

And on my way to call my husband to get him to explain it to me…I got distracted with making a new Spring arrangement.

And tweaking my latest gallery wall.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

So I might not be able to chat about the movie stars of the world…but here are

10 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall:

How to Create a Gallery Wall

1. Stick to a basic color scheme.

2. Mix art with photographs.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

3. Group smaller “like” things close together to make them “read” as one piece.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

4. Throw in some unframed “object” art.

Tips for creating a gallery wall

5. Add mats to some pictures to make them appear larger.

6. Don’t use the same frame over and over. Mix them up.

Tips for creating a gallery wall

7. Space all of your pictures about the same distance apart from one another.

8. Don’t make yourself crazy with the perfect spacing.  It’s ok to make a couple of holes in the wall before you get it right. 🙂

Tips for creating a gallery wall

9. Start with your larger objects in the center and work to the edges with the smaller pieces.

10. Use different sized pictures.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

And here is an extra tip:

Hang things that you LOVE to look at!

As for the cultural relevance…I’ve now been taught how to turn this TV on…so it’s just a matter of time before I’ll be in the know!

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  1. Your gallery wall is great and much better than a TV show! I don’t know a lot of the new artists anymore and don’t watch enough TV to know a lot of the current day “stars”. That’s okay-I can always ask one of the kids who’s who! xo Diana

  2. I find myself waiting for your next post. You are such a talented lady. thanks for sharing.

  3. I don’t think we’re missing much these days. I stick with Food and decorating channels. Pinterest keeps my attention too. You have been a great find too:)

  4. Love your gallery wall! Makes me want to add one…hmmm, I think I’d better start gathering pictures, etc. up..

    As for being in the know, I hardly ever watch prime time TV, so you are not alone! 🙂

  5. I want a gallery wall! I love yours.

  6. Love, Love, Love the wall! And your beautiful family!!!

  7. Your wall is amazing! Like the different frames. The long one rteminds me of one of those really long photos of sports teams they used to do a long time ago. Great tips!

  8. Melissa, I think the best way for me to make a Gallery wall is for you to come visit me and make one for me?????? I am actually just starting one on my staircase wall, but still shopping for frames and ideas….pinning this!!! LUV

  9. #6: I have a gallery-ish wall that has different frames & things like yours BUT I have another that DOES use all the same frames–all black but difft sizes. I think it can make it’s own sort of statement/impact too. Yes?

    • For sure there is a time and place for matching frames! Like right across from this gallery wall is another wall with 6 matching frames…Another great gallery wall look 🙂

  10. Melissa, your gallery wall looks beautiful and thanks for all of the great tips! I had to smile on your comment about the Olympics – it was also the first television I’ve watched in long time! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and pinning! Hope you are having a happy Tuesday!

  11. Hi Melissa! I found you at Cozy Little House and I’m now following you. 🙂 Your gallery wall is fabulous. And how nice of you to share your tips for creating it. I have a monthly blog party called Every Room In The House. This month we’re partying in The Living Room, and I’d love it if you’d come and share your gallery wall with us. It would be such a neat addition. Here’s the link:
    I hope you’ll come. ~ Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage

  12. Melissa your gallery wall looks amazing! And I am the same way about network TV – we almost never watch any of it. I even missed the entire Olympics. lol Pinning this and have a great weekend. xo

  13. Your gallery wall looks great! Thanks for the inspiration and Pinned!!

  14. These are some great tips. I love the gallery wall trend. It gives the opportunity to add so many interesting things. Yours looks great! Stopped by from Inspiration Monday and will be following along!

  15. It’s beautiful, Melissa. I think the silhouettes are my favorite!

  16. Great tips, I love the visual interest and the texture you created in your wall gallery. I’ve been intending to create my own gallery and have the frames but haven’t put it up yet. Thanks for the tips and the inspiration.

    Stopping by from the Inspiration Party.

  17. Don’t worry about the tv thing not watching isn’t a bad thing! Thanks for the tips I needed them.

  18. I was laying out my framed black and white photos with a canvas print when I came across your site and gained new inspiration! The hubby will have to be patient while I add some new elements to the wall project and hopefully complete it before Christmas! Because I know I’ll love it when it’s done. Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. I loved your wall and it does give me an incentive to actually start. My problem is that I have so many photos – of my Grandma, Mum, Dad, sisters, brothers, children, dogs- and so many that I love, that I just don’t know where to start. I have a big wall but I don’t want to get to the end of the space and find I haven’t got room to put that “special” pic I really wanted on the wall at the cost of taking another “special” pic off the wall! I guess I just need to start and see how it goes – how it ends up is how it ends up!!!

  20. Do you have any ideas how to make a family gallery that uses both mine and my husband’s “ancestors” with our immediate family that I would like labeled? The only thing I can think of is one one for mine, one line for ours, and one line for his, but that’s not very creative!

  21. Thanks for sharing need inspiration for my hallway 🙂

  22. Love your wall, it looks easy but I’m sure a lot of time and effort went into it.

    I would like to start one but too afraid it look too tacky.

    Thank you for sharing your work.

  23. Lay everything on the floor first right under it. Give u an idea of what it will look like altogether!

  24. I’ve been wanting to do a family gallery wall since my husband and I moved into our new home on Christmas Day, but just haven’t had the nerve (and know-how to start. It’s our second marriage (both widowed after 45 years of marriage). I want pictures of my children, grans, and great-grans, and the same for his. Don’t know where to start with gathering the pictures…….we both have tons of pictures, and not that big of a wall. But, you have inspired me to “get-it-done”! Thanks

  25. i love your gallery wall! May I ask where you got that abundance sign from? Thank you!

  26. So, one should totally read your blog and look at your beautiful and inspiring ideas PRIOR to going to your yardsale!! Looking forward to creating our gallery wall in the stairwell with some of your formey loved items. Thanks for the bargains!

    • *Formerly loved 🙂

  27. I love your gallery wall, starting one next week… thanks for sharing.

  28. So excited! I am looking to change my family room around – just painted a small buffet to use for our tv, and have always had a large shelf on my wall. Went to Pinterest and searched “pictures on a wall” and came across this post. It makes so much sense! And, I just love it! I won’t have to go out and spend tons of money as I have all the elements! So appreciative that clever people like you are willing to share your ideas. Cannot wait to pull my new wall together! Thank you!

  29. Love this gallery wall and your wonderful comments about t.v. remotes and following the latest in show biz. How enjoyable!

  30. I can TOTALLY relate about knowing about the latest movie stars, TV shows and musicians AND needing help to even turn the TV on! You’re not alone. While I can see the value in that it can connect you to your kids and their friends, I think we would all agree we are not missing out on anything of significance! 😉 Thanks for your tips on a photo wall. You are an inspiration!

  31. I have three large walls in the living room, I was thinking of grouping our photos by family,, va cations and weddings, too much?

  32. I love your ideas and helpful instructions. I would like to follow you.
    Thank you.

  33. Such a super post. I’ve seen cases where people only display words & quotes on their wall. Sadly it’s really pretty boring or they need a lot of guidance from words. I love a few very special quotes, but it feels much more interesting when there’s mainly Art & Photos w a sprinkle of quotes. I’ve looked at hundred of other artist and designers walls and couldn’t find any that we’re all words. Any thoughts?


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