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How to Create a Gallery Wall

I love gallery walls, and I spend hours pinning inspiration on Pinterest.

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

But gallery walls are not easy! They take a lot of planning and design. Here are some tips and tricks for creating an amazing gallery wall of your very own:

  1. Have a vision or theme before you get started. This can be as simple as a unifying color (maybe a color palette) or a theme all of your images and sayings play off of.
  2. Be creative and play around with your gallery wall arrangement! Before you drill into your walls (I actually like to use command picture hangers, if your frames are not too heavy) you should play around with arrangement of your images. You can even cut out contact paper to match the shapes and sizes of your frames. Place these on your wall for a non-damaging dry run.
  3. Think about your frames and mats. Some gallery walls mix frames while others keep it uniform. I think both work if you plan carefully. Sometimes you love a print but can't find a frame that fits it and works with your other frames. Matting prints can easily change the shape/size of an image and allow a non-stadard size print to fit a standard frame.
  4. Plan, plan, plan. I recommend collecting all of your images and frames before you start hanging. You can create a growing gallery wall (where you add images from a central layout over time) but even that requires a good compositional start.
To save money I recommend using Ikea frames. The RIBBA series comes in great shapes and sizes (the really large one is only $19.99). They also include large mats, which enhance any image.

Just in case you don't want to do all of this planning (or don't have time), I have created some curated gallery walls in my Etsy shop! The Fashionista comes with six images (pictured above) pre-sized to fit an arrangement of Ikea RIBBA frames.

I also offer gallery starter sets. These sets come with three to four corresponding images, which allow you to develop a themed gallery wall while adding your own personal pictures.

Stop and Smell the Roses Gallery Wall Starter
(I have added some of my photos to complete the arrangement)

In addition to being pre-sized, your printables come with more than 10 gallery wall layout ideas and frame suggestions!

I prefer non-symetircal layouts!

How do you tackle a gallery wall?

Happy decorating!

Ashley B
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  1. I really want a gallery wall! My plan is to redecorate my room when I'm home from uni for Christmas, and I need one - I sit and search through etsy bookmarking prints that I want; they all seem to be pink and related to France, clearly I'm obsessed by my degree..!
    Charlotte x
    La Vie en Gâteaux

  2. I love this inspiration! I just did a post on your new Esty store today :)


  3. LOVE these inspiration images. I have a gallery wall in my bedroom and really should have read more tips like this before throwing it all up there!
    xx, Emily
    shell chic'd

  4. I haven't mastered the gallery wall yet, mainly because I haven't mastered where to get frames - I have never lived remotely close to an Ikea, and even places like Target get expensive when you are buying a bunch! Some day I will conquer this task!

    jess | Quaintrelle

    p.s. Do you do blog design? Because I was wondering if I could hire you to make a header :) Nothing too complicated (for you, I think), but I lack photoshop skillz

    1. Of course, I would love to collaborate on a header (I can make a custom listing in my Etsy store). Email me about what you had in mind!

  5. This is awesome, I love all of your idea's and I'm so excited for you to be starting your own Etsy shop! Great job girlfriend, you are an inspiration to all us bloggers out there!

  6. Great post! Also, I'm so happy you opened up your own Etsy shop! Like Alex said, you are so inspiring!

    Majda |

  7. great post, mine is attached to my wall with lots and lots of whasi tape


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