Top tips on styling a gallery wall

Posted on Feb 22 2017 - 2:00pm by Samantha Clark
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Gallery walls are a simple way to add style and personality to any space in your home. It can seem like quite a daunting project but with our tips below we’ll make it an easy one.

  • Contrasting colours– on dark feature walls use light coloured frames (like silver and white) and on light walls use darker rames (like black and brown) to create something really striking.
  • Don’t just look to frames– try letters, mirrors, canvas pictures, tiles and other ornaments like wall hanging pottery and metal shapes.

Gallery photo

  • Create a theme– go black and white, focus it around holiday destinations/adventures or floral theme for example
  • Various sizes– This isn’t a one size fits all project, for it to be truly appeasing to the eye we recommend you work with items that are varying in size; large, small, medium, miniature.

Frames

  • Play around– Before fixing it to the wall, play around with the layout on the floor first. First identify the wall you want to work with and the space available, take a measure of the space and map this out on the floor in string or masking tape. Within this space, play around with it; take snaps of your different ideas so you can decide what you like best. You could start with the largest piece in the centre and work around it or if you don’t have anything particularly large, use a couple of pieces which will equate to the same height as the focal point to work around instead. If you want extra reassurance, tack parchment to the wall in the layout you prefer and go from there.
  • There is no real formula– You don’t necessarily have to work from the centre, try having the main focal piece to one side and working from that; it doesn’t have to be using the same shape either, experiment with square, rectangular, star, oval, round- it’s a creative process, just have fun explore and see what fits with your personality; don’t think it has to be just photos either, perhaps it’s postcards, notes, wallpaper, fabric- it’s an opportunity to let you shine through.

Contrasting colours

We’d love to see your gallery walls, tag us at @anythinggoesl on Instagram and Twitter.

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