Creating a Beautiful Wall Gallery
As a professional children’s photographer for almost 15 years, figuring out what will look best in my clients’ homes and what will fit their needs kind of comes with the territory. I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone wants their photos to look beautiful when they are displayed. A gallery wall is one way to help with that! There are several things you will want to think about before you get started.
First you need to find out how much wall space you have available. Measure your wall space to see exactly the size you are working with. There are a number of different gallery styles that will work with every wall space but you will need to know what you size you are dealing with so you can find something that you love that will fit in your space.
Your Gallery Wall Style
Next, you will want to decide what kind of gallery wall you want to make. There are symmetrical galleries, asymmetrical galleries, eclectic galleries, horizontal, vertical, collage, etc. You can find ideas for this on Pinterest or Google. Here are a few examples of this that I found just looking around:
This is just an example of what you can find if you google gallery wall layouts.
Now that you have your gallery style picked out, I’m guessing you either have photos that you are wanting to use in your gallery or you will need to choose some of your photos. When you are choosing photos for your gallery wall, you will want to make sure that they are all cohesive. You will want your color scheme to flow well. I like to choose photos from one session. I’ll give you an example of one that I created:
When you find your photos, you will need to figure out which ones you want to be the big ones and which ones you want to be the small ones. In the gallery that I made above they were all the same size. That’s another way of creating a fast and easy gallery wall. You’ll also notice that in that gallery, I have a central accent (sign). You can add your accents throughout the gallery and coordinate the color scheme with the frames or with the decor of your home or both.
Once you have all of that figured out, now you will have to figure out the best way to get the all on the wall. I’ve looked at a number of sites and pages on different ways of doing this and I think I have found the easiest one. You will need to get a roll of craft paper, or newspaper, whatever you have. Lay this out on the floor and lay out your framed photos in the design that your gallery would be placed on the wall. Trace your frames on the paper. Make sure you mark where the hanger for your frames are on the paper. When you are finished with the tracing step, pick up your paper and tape it to your wall using painters tape or another tape that won’t harm your wall. You are creating a mockup of your gallery wall. Here is the article that goes along with the picture below. http://www.momtastic.com/life/493863-how-to-hang-a-gallery-wall/#/slide/1
This will allow you to see your design on the wall before you start putting nail holes in your wall. If there is something that you don’t like, you can make your changes. When you have your design, start placing your nails where you marked your hangers on your paper and nail them to your wall. At this time you can hang your photos to make sure they are in the correct spot or if you are confident in your abilities, go ahead and pull your paper off the wall and hang your photos!
Stand back and enjoy your gallery wall! You did it all by yourself! Isn’t it beautiful!? And now your photos are displayed as a work of art in your home!
your friendly neighborhood Montrose children’s photographer,