Displaying photographs and artwork on the walls of your home can be a difficult task, if, like most people, you have big blank walls and are overwhelmed with the task of creating a perfect wall gallery. I have walked into friend’s houses who had huge pieces of art and photographs sitting in frames on their floor (hi Tiffany!) and they have told me how they don’t even know where to begin in getting their gallery from the floor to the wall. So the artwork and photographs sit. For months!
That makes me sad! Artwork and photographs just do not belong on the floor.
Some of the difficult questions people ask themselves- photographs or artwork or both? A few large pieces or many small ones? How do I arrange them to look great in MY space?
It’s usually the Type As who want it to be done perfect the first time… The Type Bs like myself just start hanging and adjusting as they go, regardless of the swiss cheese walls they are creating in the aftermath. Nothing a little spackling compound and touch up paint can’t fix, right?
But honestly, I would not recommend anyone do it like me. Trust me, there is an easier way.
I once watched an engineer client (i.e. Type A) take a VERY mathmatical approach to hanging a photo wall with his assortment of levels and measuring tapes and other tools … only to leave extra holes in his wake when his wife didn’t like the way the items were arranged and everything had to be rearranged.
Most people are visual and need to SEE IT before they believe it.
For all of my photography clients that want to create a gallery wall, I use a special software program to create mock ups of their walls with the images from their session. For people that are not my photography clients but that still need help, I sell this design service in my Etsy store.
Allow me to demonstrate.
Behold this series of sad, blank walls (pathetic aren’t they?) that need some love.
(Note: All of these room photos are stock photos from BigStock photo, as I wanted to protect my client’s privacy and not show the interior of their actual homes. The photographs within these mock ups are all my clients :-))
Now let’s play!
Let’s first compare sizes and scale. You can see how different size images will appear in the same space. If you are not used to wall art, an 11×14 (top left corner) might seem like an enlargement. However, as you can see when you compare mock ups of the same mantel, the 11×14 and 16×20 (top row) are not quite large enough to stand alone over the mantel. The 20×30 and 30×30 on the bottom row fit much better!
Sometimes it is hard to decide if you want one supersized image or a series of smaller images. I think all three of these mock ups look great, but which one would be right for your space?
Sometimes one large image does the trick (although I would probably recommend some killer sconces on either side of the framed print in the below mock up!)
Sometimes you need a size you would have never imaginged yourself. In this mock up, one large framed 20×40 print does the trick to fill this space. Be honest now… would you ever have decided to use a 20×40 on your own :-)???
Some people prefer very symnetrical designs with a series of images in matching frames, whereas others prefer a more organic, eclectic design with frames and mats of varying sizes.
Sometimes it helps to see one wall mocked up a few different ways.
Hey, I’m SUPER visual, I get it. I need to see things with my own two eyes as well!
If you have existing artwork, no problem! It can all be incorporated.
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I could really play at this all day!
Designing wall galleries does not have to be something that you procrastinate on for months at a time. It’s actually quite fun to actually see the potential your space has!
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