An Inspiring Modern Gallery Wall

April 6, 2015

By Stacie Schulz

Now that we have moved into our new home, decorating is always on my mind!   I have a blank canvas to work with so naturally I have been thinking about what's next.   I constantly read my design magazines and pin pictures to Pinterest that inspire me!   Throughout my many home decor magazines and pinning, I noticed I am consistently drawn to a striking gallery wall. 

This is a simple and chic way to collage your favorite framed pieces together.   The pictures below are examples of some minimal gallery walls that are inspiring me to create my own. 

Are they not fabulous? A great combination of fashion and home.   I just love these!

Whether you decide to layer your art on shelving or hang your art, the above pictures are great examples.   I love the idea of pulling together art and photographs that are meaningful and personally inspiring.   However, while the final look appears like it was easily put together, there is actually a method to the madness.  

Creating a wall gallery is not always an easy task.   In my own search to create a meaningful wall... I have come across some steps that I would like to share with you. The steps have helped me simplify the process and I hope help you.     I'm still pulling together some pieces for my own gallery wall but I am making progress.  I will be sharing my final result with you in the near future.

I'm hoping that these gallery wall guidelines will inspire you and motivate you to create your own.   Good luck!  Please send me your photos... I'd love to see your creation.


Step 1: Decide what wall you will be using to create your gallery wall

This is the easy part.    Do you have a wall that just seems lifeless and empty?   How about a stairwell... that's always a fun place to put a gallery wall.

Step 2: Pick a theme

Perhaps you will pick a black and white theme with photographs and art.     Or a collection of your children's artwork in their room.   How cute and special for the whole family.

The pieces that you choose for your gallery wall can be the same sizes or varied.   It is always a nice look to frame and mat every piece the same.   But don't be afraid to mix it up.   Just be sure to keep it balanced.     Below is a great example of using varied sizes and frames that all work together.    The "love" art says it all! 

Step 3:  Layout your collage prior to hanging

This will save you time and frustration.  Multiple frames look best when based around rectangle or square shapes.  If you are using multiple sizes, start with the biggest piece first and then work the rest around it.   Groupings look most cohesive when frames are spaced fairly tight together... 1 to 2 inches is generally recommended.   Start planning your gallery wall on the floor on top of a big piece of butcher paper.

Now stand back...

Step 4: Does it meet your expectations?

Just because the collage looks good on the floor doesn’t mean it will work on the wall.   So once you are satisfied with your work on the floor, outline each frame on the butcher paper with a pencil or marker.   Cut out each piece in your collection and tape them to the wall to get an even better view of your work.   Not quite satisfied?   Move it around until it’s just the way you want it.

Step 5: It's time to start hanging

Once you have a paper version to your liking, install your actual pictures over the cutouts and remove them as you replace it with the actual frame.

I hope this blog has inspired you to hang some of your art in a creative way or pull out your meaningful photographs that you have always wanted to do something special with!  

I can't wait to see what you do with your wall!!