Finding art that suits your style and fits your home can be a challenge, and displaying that art can be even harder. Frames or no frames? Is that one straight? Gallery walls are a relatively easy way to showcase all of your art, and if done right, they can elicit a major response. They look really impressive and are a great way to highlight your favorite pieces. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you successfully show off a selection of your favorite statement-makers.
Pick a theme
Decide on an overarching concept to keep your gallery wall feeling cohesive. The pieces you choose to hang don’t have to match, they just have to work together. Try to have some common thread throughout the wall so that it makes sense for the pieces to displayed together. And if you’re the only one who can see the connection, that’s totally fine! This display is meant to enhance your home and speak to you before anyone else. If you want to go all out, you can even include the actual wall in your theme, whether it’s with paint or something a little wilder like wallpaper or wall decals.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match
Include a variety of mediums to create texture on the wall and keep it interesting. Play around with photography, graphic prints, wall decals, paintings, and canvases. You can even go as far as to mount objects and mirrors to add more dimension. Adding in older pieces you already owned or art created by someone you know can really round out the gallery wall. Make sure all the pieces matter to you and tell the story you want to share. It’s up to you how you want the wall to turn out, but don’t confine yourself to one type of art. Branch out a little and see where you end up!
Have a focal piece
Instead of displaying just a nice collection of pieces, pick one piece that really stands out, then build the rest of the wall around it. This goes along with having a theme for your wall because it will help ensure a cohesive display. Find a piece of art that really speaks to you and inspires you and let the rest of the gallery wall follow. Having that starting piece will make all the difference when putting together your wall. When hanging this piece, make sure to have it towards the center of the wall and at eye-level to guarantee it has the greatest impact.
Pick a powerful spot
If you’re going to put in the work to create a fabulous gallery wall, you want people to see it. Choose a spot in your home where a gallery wall makes sense and where one can be appreciated. Use your display as a focal wall in a room or place it in a more unusual spot—like by your staircase. Keep in mind the story you are telling with your pieces. Make sure that message is fitting for the room you’re putting it in, otherwise there could be a disconnect. Wherever you choose to exhibit your art, make sure it’s somewhere where it can have impact and will really add to the space.
Play around with layouts and sizes
Whether you’re going old school and taping up paper that matches the size of your pieces or using Fab’s augmented reality tool to try out different sizes and layouts on your wall, make sure you arrange your pieces in a way that makes sense to you. It doesn’t have to be a perfect grid, and it doesn’t have to be completely organic. As important as the pieces themselves are, how they’re hung matters too. Pay attention to the spacing between pieces as well as the weight balance of the wall. Spend some time with your pieces and wall to find the configuration that works best for you and your space.
What Fab’s new AR tool can do to help:
- – Find great pieces to include on your gallery wall on Fab’s iOS app
- – Use the augmented reality tool in the app to easily project the piece onto your wall from your phone
- – Check out how different sizes of the piece look on your wall and play around with the layout
- – Visualize your gallery wall before committing to make sure you’re building something you’ll truly love