Having recently moved home, I’m incredibly excited to finally be able to nail things to the wall. You can’t usually do that in rented accommodation in the UK, so when I was presented with several bare walls to decorate, I couldn’t wait to get started!
And the first thing on my list? A gallery wall.
If you’re not familiar with the term, a gallery wall is essentially a wall on which there are lots of pictures. You choose different frames of different sizes, and then artfully arrange them until they look pretty.
Depending on your taste and ability to cope with disarray, you can use frames and colours of all sorts of shapes and sizes. Personally, I stuck with black frames. And used a ruler and measuring tape to (unsuccessfully) make the whole thing as symmetrically haphazard as possible. What can I say? I enjoy uniformity.
Anyway, I titled this post ‘The No.1 Tip for Putting Together a Gallery Wall’. So let’s get to the point. That tip is: use newspaper.
You don’t want to be making holes in your nice wall, and then deciding you don’t like how you’ve arranged your gallery. That’s why you should cut out the shapes of each of your frames in newspaper before you get started.
Next, use masking tape or washi tape to stick your newspaper shapes to the wall. Beware blu tack by the way – it has a habit of leaving damp little marks!
Once you’ve stuck your paper rectangles somewhere that looks vaguely acceptable, move them around until you’re happy with the design. Then remove them one by one and replace them with your real frames. Job done!
Things I learned whilst making a gallery wall:
- I’m really rubbish at nailing things to the wall. Hopefully you’ll be better at it than me.
- I was also rubbish at working out where the picture hook should go to create exactly the right space between the ‘&’ picture and the chimpanzee picture. So if anyone has any tips on how to get that right, please share them! I (clearly) still haven’t mastered it.
Finally, if you want to know where I got my inspiration and a few of the prints, they’re on my ‘Art bits’ Pinterest board, which you can find here.
Happy nailing! (ew)