Do you have a blank wall in your house and don’t know what to do with it or how to decorate it? A gallery wall or picture collage is a compelling way to add interest, personality, and pizazz to any wall. It’s easy with these seven steps and a lot of fun! If you add pieces that have a meaning to you, then it makes the wall that much better. Plus it’s a talking piece. Trust me, the story behind that painting purchased by your grandmother during WWII and handed down to you is worth my time. My wall collage contains a picture that my talented sister hand painted for my birthday (which I treasure). A painting of the Eiffel Tower because I love Paris. The other pictures represent my home or how I feel about my home. Here are a few tips for putting yours together.
Nails (I have this assortment of nails that I use when I hang frames up. The different sizes are very useful specially when I am hanging different size frames and wall art)
Hammer (Yes, I have my own little hammer because Cecil got me my own tools. Hey I like to hang stuff up myself.)
Level (This little level is awesome and I’ve definitely got my money’s worth because I use it all the time. On furniture, while hanging frames, you name it.)
News paper or Kraft Paper (I’ll explain below how to use this below but I used Kraft paper for my collage because I already had it on hand.)
*For bigger pieces, a screw may work better. Therefore, you will need screws and a drill. The link shows which drill I recommend because it is the one we have and it’s lasted us years.
- Pick the wall. It will help you determine how big the gallery wall needs to be and therefore how many pieces you will need.
- Style of the gallery wall. Do you want a formal, casual, or eclectic collage? This method will help determine what frames and pieces to hang. What do I mean by this? For a cleaner, more formal look go for identical frames. Hang them parallel to the wall. They will form clean lines and look symmetrical. For a casual look, you can have different frames all placed randomly and strategically on the wall. For an eclectic look, couple various elements such as art, shadow boxes, paintings, picture frames and even shelves. The different elements will create a lively and asymmetrical look.
- Use meaningful things (if you can) to add interest. If you don’t have frames or paintings, buy things that you love. What do I mean by this? If your style is clean, then purchase a collection of frames that all look the same. If your style is more relaxed and eclectic, buy different frames that you love even if you’re not sure where to place them at the time of purchase. I’ve bought most of my home decorations from Michael’s and Hobby Lobby because they have coupons and honestly they have some really cute stuff.
- Come up with a plan on how you want to space and align everything. You can use the newspaper strategy. (Cut the paper in the shape of the frame you’ll be using. Tape it to the wall. Move it around as you wish, then put nails where you’ll be hanging the frame).
- Once you know the plan and figure out spacing, nail the walls.
- Hang your frames and use your level to make sure they’re straight
- Make adjustments as needed.
Wahlah! Good Job. Stand back and admire your work.
Have you created a gallery wall? I’d love to see pictures. Your photos serve as my inspiration, so please feel free to share. You never know who you will inspire.