With a company name like ours it would have been pretty embarassing if we couldn't string together our own beautiful gallery wall wouldn't it?
I decided to talk you through how we turned a large empty wall into a "work of art"!
Back in 2018 Monika and I were scrolling through Zoopla and Rightmove every day trying to find a house we liked and we got nowhere. For almost a whole year we had tirelessly searched but nothing was meeting our impossibly high expectations. Eventually we decided to keep our current house and go big on a renovation project which included a 60sqm extension which would act as our new living area.
We had gone miles over budget (as you do with these things) and were on a budget to try to get it decorated. One of the main areas that needed to look great without breaking the bank was our big empty side wall. We had painted it black which only exaggerated the giant void. Together we managed to pool together a collection of art we already owned and some boot sale/antique shop finds and set about filling the wall.
Whenever we do a gallery wall there has to be a plan. If possible we will map out the space on the floor using tape so that we can arrange artwork and other wall decor in the most aesthetically pleasing way. In this situation there wasn't an area of floor large enough so we decided to work at it section at a time.
We started with the largest piece of artwork we had which was a custom piece I designed for Monika when we first met (the birdcage). It's good to start with your biggest feature piece as it's harder to fit it in later and that can cause a big disruption in your layout. We went with a slightly high position, above head height, in order to not dominate too much of the display. We also positioned it to the left as we didn't want to have too much of a large piece near the center as this then tends to push you more towards a symmetrical layout. Symmetry is a good option in a modern setting but our decor style is very traditional so we prefer to go with a more "random" layout.
With our largest piece in place we set about positioning medium sized artworks along the top of the wall to match the slope of our ceiling. We have a glass roof that is angled and we wanted the gallery wall to flow with the architecture. Again we were very conscious to not create too much of an even pattern and carefully curated which pieces should go near each other. As a rule we like to seperate subject matter as much as possible. If we have 2 prints with a bird on them then we don't put them next to each other or if we have typographic pieces.
A great way to make a gallery wall as interesting as possible is to mix up the orientation and dimensions of your framed artwork. We especially like longer artworks as they break up a display really nicely and give you extra space to add filler pieces around the art.
Once all of the framed artwork is in place we usually bring in smaller objects to make it more interesting. On this particular gallery wall we used some sconces that we picked up at a boot sale as well as some interesting mirrors and other antique shop finds. The sconces are particularly great because they are fairly easy to find cheaply and they allow you to place other non-hangable objects on top such as plants or crystals!
Below the gallery wall itself we placed a long sideboard that Monika has upcycled which really filled out the space nicely. On top of that we added a book display and some floral arrangements. This helped make a nice flow from gallery wall to floor. I recommend breaking up the space between a gallery wall and the floor where possible.
The final touch was repositioning our gorgeous taxidermy peacock to the side of the furniture for that wow factor!
I hope this helps you to plan your own gallery walls. You can tag The Gallery Wall on Instagram and I will share your own creations with our followers.