While I was visiting my sister a couple months ago, my husband Joel got a wild hair to do a little decorating. He hung a gallery wall!
Turns out his decorating was a little wonky, so I gave it a gallery wall revamp … you have to see the before picture!
Joel always says that decorating decisions are up to me, and although he has some strong opinions, that’s pretty much true. I’m also the one who does all hanging, assembling of IKEA furniture, etc. It’s just easier that way.
So when he told me that he hung a gallery wall above our TV, I was a little nervous. Do you want to see the before? It had a few issues:
We lived with his gallery wall as-is for a few months until I finally took it down and started over. All those holes … it wasn’t pretty. While I appreciated his effort, I decided that a gallery wall revamp was in order!
One of the reasons I wanted to hang art here was to disguise our TV. We also gave up cable a few months ago and with that came a funny blue antenna. It’s definitely not the most picturesque!
I love the mirror Joel hung, but it was too high to view anything other than my forehead. There was also no balance between the large and small objects, and obviously, spacing was an issue, as well.
I love how my makeover turned out! I took advantage of our high ceilings and went vertical. The TV blends in with the art, and that annoying blue antenna doesn’t stick out as much either. That mess of cords finally got cleaned up, too. Success!
If you want to do a gallery wall, planning is must! I like to lay my pictures out on the floor and rearrange them until I’m happy with the placement. If you get stuck, walk away for an hour or two and return with fresh eyes to finish the job.
I took this picture about midway through the process when it wasn’t quite right yet.
Spacing is paramount. Although the space between every object doesn’t need to be equal, it does need to make sense. Don’t hang two things right on top of each other and then leave a huge hole somewhere else.
Spread your large pieces throughout the wall, too. In my finished gallery wall, you’ll see that the large pictures are spaced out, and the area in between them is filled with smaller pieces of various sizes and shapes. It’s all about balance.
One of the things I love about gallery walls is that they have so much personality! I like to include things I’ve collected over time, items with personal meaning, and fun finds. Scour your local thrift stores for unique frames, plates, and other decorative objects. You might even score a cool painting.
Here are some of my favorites: