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How to Create a Gallery Wall by Yourself

One of the most impactful yet most often intimidating elements of interior design is certainly a gallery wall. Heck, we can even feel the stress coming over you while reading this headline. Yes, mastering a gallery wall can be a bit tricky as putting together a visually pleasing concept requires a lot of thought and some patience, but it is by no means impossible to achieve. With the right attitude and some professional guidance, there will be nothing stopping you from translating your personal aesthetic into a beautifully designed vertical concept.

It is way easier than you may think. Ready or not, we are about to teach you how to create a high-end looking gallery wall on any budget.

Let’s go!

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Image source: The New York Times

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Acrylic On Canvas, Single Artwork

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Pink Roses Still Life Oil Painting Signed Framed Vintage Flowers Impressionist Oil Painting French Style Floral Painting

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Pio Santini (1908 1986) Nude Pastel

Pick Art that Speaks to You

Art is very personal, so you don’t want to rush yourself into any hasty decisions. Remember, the gallery wall you are coming up with will soon become a focal point of your space and the last thing you need is a daily reminder of the money spent on the wrong piece. And sometimes a lot of money, too.

It takes time to curate a collection of pieces that feel right both to you and with each other, so don’t stress over that empty wall and give yourself some space for thinking first.

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Image credit: Chambers Austelle

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Poster

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Tretchikoff Frost And Reed Presents 1960’S Original Art Brochure

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Macrame Country Scene Knitted Wall Hanging Signed

Create a Concept

Now it’s time for the most interesting part – coming up with a concept! The fact that you have a bunch of pieces you just can’t take your eyes off of doesn’t necessarily mean that they will look good when placed next to one another.

To make sure you will end up with a natural, relaxed flow of the gallery wall concept, lay all the pieces on the floor first and play with the layout until you are satisfied. This extra step will provide you with a test drive on the road you’re heading with your collection, and allows for easy touch-ups that won’t leave ugly marks on the wall. Take images. A lot of images! And later decide what’s your favourite collage.

There are some templates you can follow, but the best advice is to follow your eye and see what makes it happy.

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Image source: The Design Files

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Large, Contemporary, Still Life Painting, ‘Les Oiseaux,’ Poppy Ellis

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

(After) Salvador Dali Salvador Dali Fig Man Original Hand Signed Lithograph 1969

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Henri Matisse After Henri Matisse Resting Blue Nude

Choose the Colour Scheme

Choose the colour scheme wisely and make sure it plays well with the rest of the room. You don’t have to be very strict about it and by all means, feel free to allow for other colours to sneak in. They will bring depth to the room and prevent it from looking overly designed. But make sure to keep these extra shades low key. Your statement colours should dominate the view and set the mood for the rest of the space.

If you have an extraordinary collection of quality artwork, let it shine! Dark, heavy frames usually compete for the limelight, so make sure to opt for light frames inside your colour palette instead. A couple of black frames can work too, but in this case, ground them with some extra elements like cushions or a vase so they look intentional.

Always use three or more different kinds of frames as opting for just one would look way too flat.

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

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How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Jules And Jim 1967 Czech Film / Movie Poster, Karel Vaca Original Vintage

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Big Fish , Original 2003 Us Movie Poster

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Blomst 01 Blue

Avoid Symmetry

If you just throw a random bunch of pieces on the wall chances are next to zero that you will end up with a pleasing look. But the same is true for overly symmetrical layouts.

Don’t obsess about being perfect. It’s boring! Aim for a playful and laid back look.

Balance is key! Especially in terms of colour. Avoid grouping visually heaving pieces together and let the eye travel seamlessly across the space.

Use as many different mediums of art as you can (as long as it makes sense). Oil paintings, contemporary abstract art, movie posters, prints, drawings, doodles, school charts, photos, embroidery, macrame… using different forms of visual art in a single gallery wall display is what makes a difference between a rookie and high-end designer.

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Image credit: Luke Edward Hall

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Original Lithograph Henri Matisse Colette 1951

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

‘Amalfi Coast’ By Slim Aarons 40×30″ Ctype Print Unframed

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

‘ Dogeõs Palace ‘ Archival Pigment Print Large 20×20″

Mix Different Sizes of Artwork

Vary the size of the pieces in your collection and make sure to balance out both proportions and colours. Start with the largest piece and build upon it. Don’t overcomplicate it. Let the child inside you guide your way.

Oversized art is always a much better choice than too small, so when in doubt – go large! Don’t just think horizontal and vertical, look for circular too!

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Image source: SFGirl

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Wood And Wicker Bowl With Handles, Vintage Rattan Fruit Bowl, Folding Handles, Mid Century Spiral Weave Tray

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

‘ Swan Dive ‘ Archival Pigment Print Large 20×24″

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Vintage Harvey School Educational Poster / Print Of Sea Fish

How to Know Where to Hang the Art

Now to the most tricky part! You have the art, the concept and the tools, but you are clueless about where to hammer, right?

First of all, never lose sight of the bigger picture. The gallery wall should be looked as a whole, and not as a group of individual items. A general rule of thumb is to hang the art to ‘eye level’ (60 inches), the same should be applied in this case too. Always keep the same distance between the individual pieces (1-3 inches) as otherwise, they will be left floating without any purpose or connection to the group.

But rather than consulting the rules about inches, consider the room itself. The gallery wall and the furniture should relate to each other and create a bond, not just coexist in the same space. The majority of people hang their artwork too high, but you know better.

Recruit a helping hand to hold the items next to the wall, so you can take one more look at the display from a distance before you mark the correct nail placement.

You can even cut out the papers in sizes of the artwork and place them on the wall for a final review of the layout and then mark where the nails should go.

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Image credit: Maia Lapiere

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Los Angeles Is Pink 01

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Starwars Film / Movie Poster Original Vintage 1977 Us Myler

How to Create a High-End Looking Gallery Wall by Yourself - Vinterior

Large Wes Anderson Minimalist ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ High Resolution Quality A3 Art Print. Vintage Wes Anderson Artwork. Rare.

You see, its not that complicated after all. And if you change your mind eventually, you can always make edits. It’s not like you have to knock down a wall. It’s just a mark. Not a big deal.

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