How to Design a Gallery Wall
When I moved into my apartment I immediately knew one design element I had to have was the ultimate gallery wall. To me, a gallery wall is the perfect collection of prints that represent your personality. I thought a lot about the prints I was collecting and what it would speak to my friends and family when they walked through the door. Living in a studio apartment, there is not too much space so I made sure the design features I do have would stand out. I like to think that my own interior style is feminine minimalism, aka girly but without the clutter of a teenage girl’s bedroom. As a lady in her mid-twenties, I planned to showcase a combination of delicate femininity and comfort in my little apartment. Essentially, I was looking for an Anthropologie home feel on a Target budget. In my apartment and gallery wall, I think I pulled it off!
In selecting my prints, I wanted something fun, ladylike, and sassy. I guess that’s how I like to think of myself! I researched the prints I wanted for quite some time before commencing on my project. I didn’t have a big budget for prints and framing, but wanted items I wouldn’t hate looking at every day. So I highly suggest you make sure you love what you put on your walls, no impulse buying! My favorite store for any prints, cards, or stationery is Rifle Paper Co, so I knew I would have to have a few of their prints included in my gallery wall. After some time picking ten favorites, I narrowed it down to three prints from their site of varying sizes. I also feel that it is good to splurge on a piece you can’t live without. For my sassy print, I discovered one from Katie Kime with the quote “Call Me Old Fashioned” on Pinterest months way before I decided to build my gallery wall. I had to have it! Since I was more splurging than saving at this point, I turned to Etsy to complete my wall. With so many sellers, you can usually find the perfect prints at a budget-friendly price point. This is where I found my Chanel perfume and LOVE gold foil prints.
Now that I knew what prints I wanted, I turned to my notebook to draw out my vision for the gallery wall. Large frame in the center, two to the right, and three to the left. I wanted my Los Angeles print to be the focus, since I live not too far from that good old Hollywood sign, so I selected a large size and put it in the center. I wanted the prints to vary in size so that they would stand out. Two 5’’ x 7’’ prints would work cohesively in matching frames while the Hello Sunshine print would contrast for its medium size and horizontal shape, compared to all the other vertical prints.
For my frames I went to the only decent place I know- Aaron Brothers! Close proximity helps, but I also loved shopping there because I was able to find all my frames on sale. I think I saved $70 overall after my frame shopping was done, so there were no regrets there. I knew I wanted the small frames to match and bring out the pops of gold in the prints, so I selected gold frames. To contrast the yellow print, I chose a white frame. I also wanted some matching to happen across the gallery wall so I selected the same white frame for my Chanel print and flipped it vertically. I chose silver for the other two and there I had it two gold frames, two white, and two silver. I liked this because it was an equal balance of matching, but still different at the same time.
In spacing my prints, I used a measuring tape but essentially I did it all by eye and just going for it. I wanted to keep my wall at six prints and because I had some extra space, I just spaced the prints out as much as I could without it looking off. I wanted to keep a majority of the prints at eye level and then working up. Overall, I loved how my gallery wall turned out and I wouldn’t change a thing! Remember to find what speaks to you, shows off your personality or the things you love in life, and have fun with it! We all have the standard artwork in our homes, but giving meaning to your walls makes your space a lot more YOU.