How many people does it take to hang a gallery wall? Well, you could get away with one, but 2 is optimal. I guess the real question here is how many months does it take until Talitha goes crazy not having a gallery wall. The answer? Six. I have hated living the past 6 months without a single picture hung anywhere in my house. No, not because I’m a die-hard Pinterest addict who must have the coolest things in my house. Because, let’s be honest, I’m not cool. I’m a nerd who loves weird things. But because we have been so focused on painting and furniture that I haven’t put up a single “sentimental” item in our house. Sure, we bought new couches. But that isn’t sentimental. Neither is a dresser turned media stand.
I’m a big believer that a home should be a place that reflects who you are and what you love. And who do I love more than my family?? Plus, being more than 1,000 miles from all of them makes me miss their faces. But don’t tell them that. We don’t have a great single location for a gallery wall, I decided to spread it down our entire hallway. And as anyone who has ever attempted to configure a gallery wall can tell you, it can be annoying and tricky. So I’m here to share my little tips and tricks of How-to Hang a Gallery Wall!
Start off by gathering all the pictures/items/frames you may want to hang on your gallery wall. Lay them all out so you can grab and place as you figure out your layout. Take into account if you are willing to switch out the picture in your frame. If you are, you can choose whether you like that frame placed in a landscape or portrait orientation.
The wall we were using as part 1 of our gallery… hallway… is long. So I decided to put some painter’s tape down on our kitchen floor that measured the same length of our wall. (Our hallway has beadboard and a chair rail so we had less height of the wall to work with, but you may have the full height of your wall… so take that into account too.) This gave me a sort of “blank canvas” to move my pictures around on. As you can see, I also taped out our thermostat. Taping off any obstacles will definitely help when transferring it to the wall.
Start laying down your frames/pictures/items.
Play with them and switch them around until you find a configuration that you like. Once you do, snap a picture of your final layout choice for reference.
And then start moving them, one frame at a time up to your wall. If you get a little confused, refer back to your picture.
Voila! A beautiful gallery wall. I love being able to see my family’s faces every day. It finally feels more like home with a touch of sentimentality.
Do you have a gallery wall in your home?