Today is the final installment of my mini blog series: creating the perfect gallery wall. Now that you’ve acquired affordable artwork and unique objects, it’s time to create the perfect arrangement on your wall. Of all the steps in this series, hanging your gallery wall is definitely the most tricky. Luckily just a little bit of planning will make the process much easier. Follow these simple steps to creating the perfect arrangement.
Step 1: Gather your supplies.
Here is a list of supplies you will need for this task:
- Wrapping or butcher’s paper
- Painter’s tape (because it is easily repositionable and doesn’t leave residue)
- Electric drill and screws or nail and hammer
- Hooks or plate hangers
Step 2: Find a large flat surface
Before you start putting holes in the wall, it’s important to pre-determine the layout. To do this, you will need a large flat surface, approximate the size of your wall, to arrange your objects on.
Step 3: Determine the perfect layout
The best way to determine the perfect layout is to move around each object until you find an arrangement that is evenly spaced. It’s important to remember to keep the layout balanced, with no one object positioned too high or low in comparison to its neighbors. Sometimes it’s helpful to visualize a particular shape (rectangle, square, triangle) or horizontal line and then cluster the artwork so it’s spread out evenly and consistently.
Step 4: Trace each object on paper
Once you have determined the layout, trace each object on kraft or wrapping paper. Then hang the paper cut-outs on the wall in your pre-determined layout, making adjustment accordingly.
Step 5: Hang the artwork
Now that you have taped the layout on the wall, hang the real artwork over the paper replicas. Use your level to make sure the artwork is straight. Then remove the paper. Need a visual of this process? You may remember this picture from a former blog post.
And that’s it! You now own a beautifully curated and expertly hung gallery wall.