How to Add Art to a Gallery Wall

How to Add Art to a Gallery Wall

Colleen Quinn
Sep 30, 2011

A few months ago, I wrote about how to create a gallery wall to showcase art in your living space. At the time, I used all the pictures I had framed in black to fill a portion of my blank wall knowing I would be adding on once I framed some additional pieces. After a couple of trips to my local IKEA, I was finally ready to finish up my gallery wall.

My original "lay everything out on the floor" trick was obviously not going to work because half of the art was already on the wall, so I needed another way to arrange my art. I used another trick, cutting out newspaper blocks the same size as the art I wanted to add and marking off the hanger placement on each piece. I removed a couple of the smaller pieces already on the wall to create a new overall grouping that worked for me. Best of all, once I had the final layout, it only took a couple of minutes to mark off all the locations for the nails through the holes already in the paper.

My husband was delighted with that last step because it meant he could just get up there and drill all the holes at the same time rather than the time-consuming process we went through originally with lots of measuring and fidgeting and tweaking. If I had to do the entire process over again, I would still lay things out on the floor to get an overall picture of the final product, but I would definitely make paper replicas of each piece because it made drilling the holes in the wall so very much easier.

I am thrilled with the end result though I know it is too regimented for some people. I've tried more random groupings in the past and I know they just don't work for me. Luckily, my husband shares my love of order and so is equally happy with the final result. I'm still not sure about the scale of the trunks underneath the art, but at the moment don't have a better piece to place along that wall.

Images: Colleen Quinn

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