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A lifestyle blog from allen + roth



How to create a stand-out gallery wall in any room

April 13, 2016

Gallery walls are a great way to add visual interest to any room and can be done on a budget. They also provide a second life for all that art you collected over the years that you might not have found a place for yet. Gallery walls offer a way a simple way to repurpose your cherished pieces and create something eye-catching and unique. And with a little planning up front, you can have yours up and impressing in a snap.

Many home decorators shy away from creating galleries because they worry the process will be too complex: finding pieces to compose the gallery wall, coordinating the frames, and mounting the art without putting a million holes in the wall. And it's true—this look can be tricky if you don't prep properly, which is why we offer the three steps below for easily creating one in your own home.

photo credit: The Everygirl

1. Curate

First, it's important to note that not every piece of art you own should be used to create a gallery wall. But if you have a few featuring a common theme or color family, you have a gallery starter set. If your art is a little more patchwork (hello, flea market finds), you can make your gallery cohesive by using coordinating frames, or by using the same color mattes. Remember, you can never go wrong with black or white.

photo credit: City Farmhouse

2. Make Paper Cutouts

Do yourself a favor and prep; your walls will thank you. First, cut a piece of paper to the size of each frame using craft paper or old wrapping paper. Sure, it takes a little extra time, but the lack of extra holes in the wall is well worth it.

photo credit: Dwell Beautiful

3 Artfully Arrange

Next, spend some time arranging the papers on the floor to get the look you want. This isn't an exact science, so have some fun with the arrangement. We recommend anchoring the gallery wall with one large piece of art, and arranging the additional pieces around it. Once you've settled on a pattern, tape the paper to the walls and adjust placement with the paper copies of your frames.as you see fit. 

photo credit: Our Fifth House

In just four easy steps you've created a beautiful showcase for your art. It's one of the easiest ways to personalize your home while utilizing decor items you already own.