Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

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Wanting to curate the perfect gallery wall but need some tips on how to achieve your dream home art gallery? Look no further.

Theme or no theme?

The first thing to decide on for your gallery wall is do you want a theme. If you're going for random chaos thrown on the wall of all the art prints and hang-able collectibles that suit your personality, go for it (I'll be honest, this is me in a nutshell).

But if you're going for a more curated gallery wall it's time to start planning. What's your theme? A colour theme? A colour clash theme? Black and white with a pop of colour thrown in for good measure? Only postcard size prints?

The Layout

Before you start hammering picture hooks into your wall, it's a good idea to plan out your layout first. There's a few ways to do this, depending on the tools that you have at your disposal.

  1. Mock it up in Photoshop. If you've got access to Photoshop (or similar), take a photo of your wall and then mock up your gallery wall using either digital images of your prints or just use to scale size rectangles to easily move about your layout without ending up with a million holes in the wall first.

  2. Trace your frames onto paper (old wrapping paper's good for this, or greaseproof paper) and blu-tak them to the wall until you've for your perfect gallery wall layout. Take a photo on your phone or drill right through the paper for perfect results!

  3. Lay your frames out on the floor, if you've enough room, before hanging on the wall.


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I get asked all the time where's the best place to buy frames for a gallery wall - and the answer I always give is the high street! Wither you're going for sleek black minimalist picture frames or mixing it up with a mix of different colours and finishes, the good old British high street is a fantastic place to pickup frames to hang your art in. Some of my favourites include:

  1. Discount stores like Poundland, Wilko, The Range and B&M

  2. Charity shops - I've been known to buy random art from charity shops just to change the actual art out for my own because I love the frame so much!

  3. IKEA (ok, not exactly on the high street but still!)

  4. Homeware stores - NEXT & Dunelm usually have some great picture frames

I like to mix up the frames on my own gallery wall - from cheap thin plastic black frames to over the top gold ornate frames to create a center point on a print that I really, really love.

It's also super easy to customise frames with a little masking tape and some spray paint if you're going for a certain colour scheme.