Have you ever been on Pinterest or a blog and seen these amazing printable art gallery walls? I see them all of the time and gauck over them. How hard can it really be right? It’s so much easier than you think, and doesn’t have to cost you that art gallery price tag!
I am a picture frame hoarder- so there was no need for me to go out and purchase more. My suggestion is going to the thrift store, and picking up frames that are all different sizes, have different trim etc. Tip: if you go to the Goodwill, they have different days where the price tags are half off or .99 cents depending on the color. I always try to choose things at the thrift store that are the color of the day, making it challenging and a money saver 😉
I buy frames of all different colors and shapes, and then paint them to match. One way to help make a collection look cohesive & still high-end is to curate the frames and keep them in your color palette. I always go with white and black, and sometimes throw in a light wood frame. Choose a color palette that matches your home, and looks intentional. Use pillows, throws or other accent pieces to help pull together a color scheme if you are having a hard time making everything match.
Next, go on pinterest, google, anywhere you can print off quotes, art printables, or photos. You can also choose to print everything in black and white if you want that uniformity. I have done this in the past, and it looks SO good.
Now you need to figure out the layout. Be sure to vary the sizes & orientation of the art. You need both horizontal, vertical and if you can, square, to make it feel balanced. Don’t just line everything up is what I’m saying. Looking online at different layouts is a good way to get some inspiration and see how you want your wall to look. There are a ton of layouts online too you can look at if you have no idea where to begin. Like this:
Hanging is the hardest part in my opinion. I usually just go for it, and eye it. If you don’t want to put a bunch of holes in your walls… then you should make templates of the frames and tape them up to make sure you like the composition. This definitely takes some patience, a bottle of wine, and time but will look fab in the end.
You can also lay your frames out on the floor in front of the wall to get a rough idea of where it’s going to go..but honestly I need to see everything on the wall to really “see” it. Having someone help you, by holding things up as you eye it can also be helpful.
Here are some sites with free printables & ideas!
LITTLE GOLD PIXEL (PRINTABLES FOR KIDS)
OH SO LOVELY (ANOTHER PAGE)