If you’re flipping through the latest decorating magazine or scrolling through Pinterest or Houzz, you’re sure to come across a gallery wall. Why are they so popular right now? Well, you can showcase a lot of photos or items within a gallery wall, without having to purchase a large piece of art. But, installing a gallery wall can certainly be a struggle.
Sam Madore, of Bliss Productions in Truro was kind enough to allow us to install her gallery wall in her master bedroom. Since it is in the master, the theme is around her wedding to Joey Schurman and their adorable dog, Hank (who you should be following on Instagram as @hankoftruro) with a few pieces thrown in for interest sake.
I’ll take you through, step-by-step, of how I installed this wall and then you can translate to your own gallery wall! But be sure to show a picture of the finished wall on our Facebook page!
STEP 1. Gather your photos and items and lay them out on the floor in the configuration that will work with the space you have to work with.
STEP 2. Measure your wall and find the centre from side to side and mark
with a light pencil mark. Also mark the middle of the gallery wall in height, which should be around 57″ off the floor. Then find the centre of your display.
STEP 3. Mark the top and centre of where your centre piece goes and then measure where the hangers are. Translate that onto the wall with pencil marks and use either nails, screws or picture hangers to hang the piece, depending on the style of hanger on the back.
STEP 4. Once the first piece is hung, measure from where your next piece needs to be and mark that with pencil. Again, measure where the hangers are on the back and translate that onto the wall and install the required hardware.
STEP 5. Continue measuring where each piece needs to hang in relation to its neighbour and install the hardware, hanging each piece as you go, until they are all hung.
Here’s a list of my go-to supplies and tools:
- Pencil with a white eraser
- 1″ common nails, they have a good head to catch on the hangers
- Picture hangers
- Screws and wall anchors
- Measuring tape and a ruler
- 3M Velcro strips
A gap of 1″ to 2″ between pieces give them the space they need. It isn’t necessary to have matching frames for a gallery wall, although it can be a very sharp look. Using a variety of items makes for a very interesting gallery wall.