We love a good gallery wall at Dunne with Style HQ, but I knew I needed a better method after my first attempt to create a gallery wall with 6 prints resulted in 15 holes in the wall and a gallery that I still wasn’t really loving – oops. If unneccesary holes in the wall or a dozen wasted wall hook sticky backs aren’t your idea of fun, then this method will solve the gallery wall dilemma.
Create it on the floor first
Composition is critical to a good gallery wall and laying it out on the floor gives you the ability to easily mix, match and move things around until you get a general feel for how each piece is talking to one another. Either lay it on the floor directly in front of the wall space you’ll be using or measure the wall space and mark it on the floor so that you’re working within the same dimensions
Make a newspaper version
Once you’ve got a rough idea of the arrangement you like, make newspaper cut outs of the size and shape of each frame. Use washi tape or blu-tac and temporarily adhere each newspaper cut out to the wall. This allows you to decide on a height for your gallery wall and to double check you’re happy with the composition
Mark your hook placement
Hold the frame up against the newspaper cut out and place a mark on the paper where the hook needs to go based upon the string line. Then you can simply hold a thumb against the mark, tear down the newspaper cutting and place the hook where your thumb is.
Hang your art
Without having to move, adjust or add an extra dozen hook holes or sticky backs to the wall!
Shop the look
Geometric Art : Louise De Weger Designs // Botanical Prints : Stefan Gevers for Paper Empire – All art supplied for shoot from Forman Picture Framing
Throw, pink cushion, navy cushion : West Elm Chapel St // Green speckle cushion : Established for Design // Flooring : Godfrey Hirst