Gallery Wall How-To
The Perfect Mix
“I like to mix painting, illustrations, textiles and photography,” says Hague. “I have done gallery walls with a set of the same clean-lined frames or with a mixture of antique frames with various styles and colors.”
“Start with the largest piece at eye level around the center area to anchor the wall and work outwards from that,” suggests Hague. “The eye reads from left to right so it is also helpful to start with the layout from the center, then move to the left hanging your second piece at the same height as the centerpiece and go from there.”
“For the novice, lay your pieces out on the floor first,” says Hague. “Play with those shapes and sizes on the floor or cut the shapes out of Kraft paper and blue tape them to your wall until you are able to get the layout just right (especially now that everyone seems to have walls that are lacquered and papered).” Hague finds that two to four inches tends to be a good rule of thumb for spacing. She also recommends leaving at least eight inches between the top of a piece of furniture and the bottom of your gallery wall.
To Frame or Not to Frame
“A gallery wall can often be more cost-efficient than buying one large piece, but keep in mind that a lot of these walls include framed pieces, and framing for each piece can increase the total cost significantly,” cautions Bellin. Corinne Takasaki at City Frame in New York City is a great resource says Bellin: “gallery walls are her specialty and she is able to visualize (and then mock up) the space in its entirety before hanging.” This is crucial since a re-hang of a gallery wall can be time consuming/stressful.