Gallery Walls 101 by Kelowna Interior Designer
WELL THIS JUST HAPPENED!
We recently signed a lease on different office space in downtown Kelowna, BC for our Urban Theory main studio!!
It has great bones (clean, bright, and open), but was in need of a bunch of personal touches to warm it up and help to make it feel like the creative spaces you would imagine a design studio to be… >>CUE THE GALLERY WALL>>
What can I say – in each office/retail space I’ve owned, there’s been some rendition of a gallery wall. They’re (at least ours tend to be) edgy, abstract, and allows us to play around with images and sayings we find motivating, inspirational, and sometimes – just beautiful to look at.
DISCLAIMER – I had a gallery wall already in our previous office that I absolutely loved, so the easiest thing to do would be to take a picture of it, print it off, and plan to use it for the new wall (Is this cheating??)
Here are my top 5 tips to help you plan and create a stunning gallery wall of your own!
- DESIGN TIP 1 – use “Like” frames; they can be different sizes but I find a common feature (in this case white was my starting point) helps to create the grouping. And in my case, throwing in a few accent frames in gold and silver really helps to spice things up
- DESIGN TIP 2 – Plan it out first; clear some floor space and lay them out first – you can play with the design here without putting a bunch of holes in the wall #winwin
- DESIGN TIP 3 – Try black and white; another way to unify the grouping of photos or text is by printing off everything in black and white. It makes a for a stronger visual statement!
- DESIGN TIP 4 – Forgo the nails; get yourself some 3M peel and stick velcro tabs – you can carefully remove them from the wall later without residual damage (CAUTION: be sure to separate each tab before pairing them together… they’ll detach from the wall cleaner this way, trust me). Be sure use the heavy duty tabs for any frames with glass or weight to them.
- DESIGN TIP 5 – Offset offset offset; let your eye wander by offsetting your largest frames top and bottom, and then fill in with smaller frames all around. Aim to create a bit of balance on the edges (if you have any odd gaps or obvious heavy spots, spread them out) – sometimes too much symmetry is predictable and dulls your gallery effect!
CURIOUS how I set our wall up one Sunday afternoon? >>>>Watch below on Instagram>>>> Want help figuring out your own fabulous gallery wall?? We love working with homeowners – give us a shout!
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D E S I G N T R I C K // Gallery walls pack a huge punch and make a big statement – but pulling them off isn’t as easy as it looks!! Want to create your own stunning gallery wall at home?? Here are my top 5 tips: 1. Use “like” frames – they can be different sizes but find a common feature (in this case white was my starting off point) – this creates the group. And in my case, throwing in a few accent frames in gold and silver really helps to spice things up? 2. Plan it out first – clear some floor space and lay them out first; you can play with the design here without putting an bunch of holes in the wall #bonus 3. Try black and white – another way to unify the grouping of photos or text is by printing everything off in black and white. It makes a stronger visual statement 4. Forgo the nails – get yourself some @3m peel and stick Velcro tabs. You can carefully remove them from the wall later without any residual damage (be sure to get heavy duty tabs for any frames with glass) 5. Offset – let your eye wander by offsetting your largest frames top and bottom, and then filling in with smaller frames all around. Sometimes too much symmetry is predictable and dulls the gallery effect?