1. PICK A SPOT
A gallery wall can be created in any room, and doesn’t always necessitate a large expanse of real estate. Any wall space, vertical or horizontal, modest or massive, can be turned into a gallery. Hallway walls, a vertical bedside wall, or even a space above a door can be turned into a display area, so think carefully about the art you’re keen on exhibiting, and which wall (or walls) are most suited to the kind of display you’re after. Once you’ve decided on the wall space for you arrangement t, you can begin selecting the appropriate art pieces for the gallery composition.
2. CURATE YOUR ART COLLECTION
You may have a whole lot of art pieces to display, but edit your selection down to some key pieces. Even if you have a large wall to work with, there will likely be two or three pieces that anchor the arrangement, owing to their size, color, or the nature of the composition. Go through your collection and select the artworks essential to the gallery wall first, and then complement them with other favorites. The pieces that make the final cut will depend, obviously, on how much room you have to work with, and how many favorites you have. Once you’ve edited your artworks down to a manageable number, you’ll be ready to start framing.
3. CHOOSE YOUR FRAMES
Not all art requires framing—finished canvases, works on wood or other hard materials, for instance, may be hung sans frames. But inevitably, art does require framing, not just for esthetic reasons, but to protect the work from handling or sun damage. If you don’t have the time or money to get all your pieces framed at the same time, frame one piece at a time and slowly amass a collection that’s gallery wall-ready. Framing your art is the best way to ensure your artworks don’t end up collecting dust or filling up drawers that are never opened. Once you’ve framed them, you’ll have more incentive to hang them or display them in some other manner.
4. MOCK UP YOUR ARRANGEMENT
Visually speaking, the key to a successful gallery wall is balance. Though balance is contingent upon a number of elements—scale, spacing, artistic elements within a work of art—the relationship between each artwork to the other pieces in the arrangement is crucial. That’s why a mock-up of your wall composition is a smart first step. There are a number of ways to mock up an arrangement, including digital apps, but our favorite way is easy and way less time consuming. Get some tracing paper or brown paper. Place your framed artwork on the paper, tracing its outline. Cut and past it onto the wall with masking tape. Do this with each piece until you find the balance you’re happy with.