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4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Mar 09, 2022 01:50 PM EST

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4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

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Having a well-designed room brings plenty of benefits. For one, a room that's based off your style and preference may inspire you to do some work or just feel at ease. Out of the many designing tips available out there--from choosing the right furniture and the proper placement of lighting fixtures--there's often one aspect of your home that's neglected: the walls. Fortunately, there are design tips you can apply when curating your wall. 

With the right concepts and tips, you can curate the perfect gallery wall in the comfort of your home. Hence, by the end of this post, you'd be confident enough to display your canvas prints or any other art pieces you have. Without further ado, here are some tips for curating the perfect gallery wall: 

1. Always consider the available space

The amount of space on your wall will definitely impact the size of the pieces you want to display or buy. For example, if you have a high ceiling and large walls, it's best not to opt for small art pieces as the wall's expansive blank space will overpower them. Instead, choose large art works. 

However, this doesn't mean that you need to have ample space to create a gallery wall. Because wall art pieces, like paintings, and photographs, or any other medium comes in varying sizes, you can easily find an appropriately sized piece for your wall's available space. 

It's important to note that you don't have to feel too restricted when choosing an artwork. As a matter of fact, one of the ways to liven up your home is to create contrast in your style of artwork. Thus, try mixing abstract art with pop and contemporary works, and see if it'll fit the vibe you're going for. 

2. Allow the frames to tell a story

Other than the wall's space, you also have to consider the idea that the artwork's frame can depict a story. This is why selecting the right frame is a vital process in curating a gallery wall. For instance, a simple, minimal frame will help keep the focus on the art itself without distractions, putting emphasis on the art. 

Also, frames aren't just there to hold the art pieces, but they can also influence emotions. For instance, if you opt to minimize the emotion the artwork is trying to evoke, go for wide and bold frames, as these help tone down the painting's message. (2) 

3. Plan a layout before hanging art pieces

Before jumping into what pieces to put on a gallery wall, it's important to know the "how" first. This will save you a lot of time and effort as you won't have to make holes you won't use. 

For your reference, here's how you can arrange artwork on your wall: 

  • Measure the space you want your gallery wall to occupy

  • On the wall, mount boxes or sheets of paper that are of similar size to your paintings. Doing so will allow you to envision what pieces will go to a specific spot without damaging the wall. 

(3)

4. Choose the artwork to display

After considering the space you have as well as the type of frame to choose, now's the time to select the art you want to display. The art pieces may be curated from an existing collection you already possess. But if you don't have a collection yet, you can start purchasing artworks based on your preferences and what you think will fit well on your wall. 

Note that buying art doesn't have to hurt your wallet, which is a common misconception when building a collection. For instance, you can purchase artwork for a low price at antique markets. You can even opt for metal prints as they're affordable yet have a variety of designs you can choose from. Or, if you're well-traveled, you can purchase artworks as souvenirs from the best cities for art lovers.

Lastly, to have the perfect gallery wall, don't just select artwork randomly. A gallery wall can be classified as perfect if it can reflect something about the owner. That's why a display of artworks that feel sentimental to you will give you plenty of positive energy. 

Takeaway

Even if a gallery wall looks as if it only requires minimal effort to look aesthetically pleasing, this article has shown you that there are some steps and considerations you have to take to achieve your desired results. By keeping these tips in mind, you're on your way to having a perfect gallery wall. 

References

  1. "Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall: How to Curate and Display Art in Your Home", Source: https://artzine.com/articles/create-the-perfect-gallery-wall

  2. "How Different Frames Tell Different Stories", Source: https://baboodigital.com/how-different-frames-tell-different-stories/

  3. "How To Actually Make A Gallery Wall: Our No-Fail Formula We Use Every Time", Source: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/how-to-make-a-gallery-wall

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