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Monday, November 8, 2021

There are so many wonderful tips on how to create a gallery wall.

Everyone seems to have their own idea on the best way to do it.

Creating My Gallery Wall

This wall in my living room is filled with vintage prints and an original watercolor by my daughter Katy.

It must be fall because my YouTube fire is crackling away on the TV. 

gallery wall

If you are a longtime reader of this blog you probably know that I am a maximalist and there are very few places on my walls that are not full of pictures or plates.

I am probably different than most people in how I create a gallery wall because I visualize it in my mind rather than mapping it out beforehand. 

gallery wall prints

I chose the pieces that I wanted to display here and then got to work. I always start with the largest pieces and work my way out.

Although I don't map it out first I am a stickler about measuring and always measure twice before hanging. 

hanging prints

Once I had the three large prints hung it was just a matter of adding the other pieces around them.

Don't be afraid to experiment and don't be afraid to switch out pieces. 


When Katy gifted me with this wonderful watercolor she painted last year of my grandparents' home and florist I immediately switched out another piece I had hanging there.

Other Style Gallery Walls

Gallery walls work in any style decor, and although my wall is fairly symmetrical you can hang your objects in any way that pleases you.

layered photos on shelves

For a more modern look, you might want to layer pictures on shelves hanging on the wall.

eclectic gallery wall

Using different styles of prints and frames will create a wonderful eclectic boho look.

farmhouse decor gallery wall

Gallery walls are perfect in farmhouse decor. As you can see, you don't have to just use prints. Here, a basket of flowers and layered empty frames create a wonderful effect.

Using all of your vertical space draws the eye upward and creates the illusion of a taller wall.

Gallery Wall Essentials

how to create a gallery wall

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  1. Ok first of all your daughter Katy is very talented. Love her beautiful pic gifted to you of your grandparents home. Wowsie beautiful. You have such vision and I love your gallery wall. What a great way to change out things too when you feel a little change is needed. Have a great week Laura xoxo Kris

  2. Love your gallery wall! I have a small home so most of my walls are used up with pictures, shelves, do dads, hangings, photo collages, etc. When I have no more surfaces to decorate or put things on, I go to the walls! Marilyn

  3. I love gallery walls where you can mix and match many of your pictures and art.

  4. I keep saying I am going to do a wall gallery in my front foyer area and have never gotten around to it. Maybe this will be the inspiration I needed. But, after the holidays. I love decorating for Christmas. LOL! Happy Week to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Your gallery wall is gorgeous and Katy is a talented woman! Nothing like a good youtube fire. I have played that in my classroom before while the kids were working. They loved it.

  6. Great gallery display. There must be a knack to it because mine always look a mess. well done.

  7. I love gallery walls! It's hard to sometimes get them just right though without it simply looking like a mishmash of all kinds of art. Your Katy sure is talented!

  8. I tend to over think gallery walls and end up with the bare minimum just because I'm too scared of making a hole in the wrong place and having to patch and start again. It's silly I know, but I think I'll try your trick of working outwards from a larger piece. It makes more sense.

  9. Wonderful watercolour and I love your maximalist look!

  10. How special Katy's water color is! Those are things to treasure. I'm about to create a new gallery wall in the bedroom. I usually make templates and hang them on the wall - I'm not that sure of myself, so I have to map it out on the wall first.


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