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How to create a gallery wall

It is safe to say that I’m obsessed with a good gallery wall.  I have them all throughout my home.  In fact, when designer Holly Mathis has helped us in the past and I’ve suggested photos or gallery wall she might have just told me that it may slightly be overkill.  But, as a former photographer I have hundreds of beautiful images of my family and being the sentimental person that I am everything that I hang on my walls must have meaning and not just meant to look good.  I get a lot of questions from those who have been in my home about how to create a gallery wall so I wanted to explain my process to you today.

What I learned when I created a gallery wall around a TV.  Sharing tips on finding gallery wall ideas, sizing, and easy installation.

The wall that our TV is on in our media room is very long and just needed a little something extra.  I had seen gallery walls surrounding TVs on Pinterest and thought one woul dbe perfect there.

Step #1:  Get inspired.

Find inspiration and a layout that you like on Pinterest.  I like to save inspiration images of gallery walls to their own board.

 


Then, went I go to design my own gallery I have a starting point.  I was very inspired by this image by Lauren Haskett Fine Design:

What I learned when I created a gallery wall around a TV.  Sharing tips on finding gallery wall ideas, sizing, and easy installation.

Step #2:  Measure your wall

I knew that my gallery wall was going to surround my 50″ TV.  So, I measured the space from the TV to the ceiling to see how much available space I had to work with.

Step #3:  Purchase your frames

While at Ikea I simply pulled up the inspiration photo and started building the gallery on the floor.  Did people think I was crazy?  Possibly.  But I wanted to get a good idea of the scale.  If I would have selected a 10×20 sized frame instead of a 20×30 sized frame it wouldn’t have had the same effect and I would rather know that prior to purchasing.

Step #4:  Trace your frames

When I came home I traced all of the frames onto white kraft paper and then arranged on the wall.  I ended up adding more frames in varying sizes than what I had originally planned.

Step #5:  Order your prints

Once I had the arrangement down I was able to order my family photos and then place them in the frames.

Step #6:  Hang your gallery wall

Having the pieces of paper still on the wall made hanging the frames a breeze.  We simply used picture hanging strips, made sure they frame was level, and adhered it to the wall.  Easy peasy!  And here is the final result:

What I learned when I created a gallery wall around a TV.  Sharing tips on finding gallery wall ideas, sizing, and easy installation.

 

 


  • Jen - So.Many.Words. Blog - Girl…. let me tell you… nothing intimidates me more than a gallery wall. NOTHING. Yours looks fantastic though!

  • Chrissi Shields - Great tips! LOVE

  • Ashley @ Fancy Ashley - This is awesome! If you could just come visit and help me do this, that would be great!!!! Ha! XOXO

  • Jenny Collier - Done and done! 😉

  • Jenny Collier - Thanks Chrissi!

  • Jenny Collier - They are tough. But finding the inspiration first is key. The steps I listed do make it easier!

    Thank you for your sweet compliment!

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence - Yes, Yes, Yes! I have been trying to convince Todd that this was a good idea for our living room. I’m so glad I can show him some examples AND a tutorial. Thanks for posting this. Your wall looks fabulous!!

  • Kim - Hi there!

    Thank you for sharing your inspirations, DIY projects!! I love the final product of your gallery wall. These colours are exactly like our our colour palette (furniture, wall colour and existing frames).

    Especially love the media unit … where did you get it??