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HOW TO CREATE AN ART GALLERY WALL

ATTN: ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS! YOU ARE TAKING PHOTOS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. TRULY, YOUR PHOTOS ARE PIECES OF ART, RIGHT? THEN THEY SHOULD BE DISPLAYED AT YOUR HOME. HERE ARE SOME GREAT TIPS ON HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR ART PIECES IN YOUR OWN HOME.

You know, we all have classic photos that we should be showing off, displaying to our friends and family.  Here is a gallery of photos that show how you can display them in your own home:

Looking for a unique way to display your art collection? We asked 3 top designers to share tips to help you create a professional art gallery wall — an eclectic mix of paintings, prints, photographs and other artwork — at home.

Make a Statement

Jen Bekman, founder of the popular online art shop, 20×200, finds that creating a gallery wall is the perfect way to make a personal statement at home. “This is your opportunity to make a statement about who you are and what you like. Mix paintings and photography, black-and-white and color and combine high and low pieces,” advises Bekman. Image courtesy of 20×200

Have Fun With the Layout

Before placing your collection of pieces, Bekman suggests playing with a few layouts until you identify the best one for your gallery wall. “I recommend laying your framed work on the floor to try out a few setups. You can even use painters tape to outline the size of the wall to help you visualize. Take cell phone snaps of a few variations that you like as you go. To start, use two to four pieces hung in the center at the same height to establish your anchor or focal point and fill in from there.” Image courtesy of 20×200

Think About Placement

As you are designing your gallery wall, think about the placement of each piece, particularly when you’re hanging art over a sofa or chair. “When installing artwork over furniture, leave at least eight inches between the base of the frame and the top of the furniture,” says Bekman. Be sure not to hang pieces too low or too high. Eye level is best. Image courtesy of 20×200

Think About Simplicity as well:

As you are designing your collection of art, perhaps the one thing you could also do, is think about simplicity of the arrangement of your art. What we have found is if you put something over the couch, or some piece of furniture, is to put in groups of 3. It tends to break up the monotony of the room, and adds more interest, and hopefully color to your room. Image courtesy of 20×200

Create a Wall Story

Gallery walls can also be used as a unique way to document and tell a story of your travels and experiences. You can include photographs from recent trips and prints and artwork that you bought while on vacation. Lemieux is a fan of identifying pieces that have a sense of story to them. “I’m always inspired by the vintage art I find while traveling and have developed a deep love of collecting pieces from flea markets and galleries all over the world. I love artwork that has a back-story. It’s a real conversation starter.” Image courtesy of Dwell Studio

Frame Your Work

Your gallery wall is not just about the art on display, but also the frames that highlight the art. For a clean look, frames in the same color and style are the perfect fit. You can also mix and match picture frames so that you work feels like it has been collected over time. “Frame your artwork with unique frames. Go for something distressed for an old-world vibe. I’m always finding vintage frames at flea markets. They can add so much visual interest to the home,” remarks Lemieux. Image courtesy of Dwell Studio

Go Off-Center

“Ideally you’ll have one picture to build from, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be centered,” interior designer Hillary Thomas advises. When building your gallery wall, try hanging pieces to the left or right of center for an arrangement that is less formal. Image courtesy of Hillary Thomas Designs

Mix It Up

Illustrations, paintings and a menagerie of distinctive pieces can all have a home on your gallery wall. “Do mix in drawings with photos and paintings. The more eclectic, the more you’ll get a ‘salon’ feel,” says Thomas. Image courtesy of Hillary Thomas Designs

Let Loose

The final and most important thing to remember when creating your gallery wall is that there is no specific formula for creating a great display. Thomas’s final tip: “Creating a gallery wall can be intimidating, but don’t overthink it. Just jump in!” Enjoy the creative process and have fun creating a unique gallery wall that you will enjoy over time. Image courtesy of Hillary Thomas Designs

A special thanks to Hillary Thomas Designs, Dwell Studios, and 20X200 for their incredible photography and skills in displaying their photos.  I am sure we will learn a lot from this article.

A special thanks to Hillary Thomas Designs, Dwell Studios, and 20X200 for their incredible photography and skills in displaying their photos.  I am sure we will learn a lot from this article.

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Published by 123photogo

I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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