3 Steps To A Perfect Gallery Wall Ft Desenio.

I’ve wanted to create a gallery wall in our lounge for months now – but to be honest, it’s always seemed like a bit of a mammoth task and I wasn’t quite sure where to start! We live in a rented house and I hate the magnolia walls and green carpet, so it makes it even more important to have nice things on the wall to draw your eye, rather than the things I don’t like.

So although I’ve saved loads of gallery images on Pinterest and even bought a picture thinking I would eventually use it, I’ve never actually got round to putting a proper gallery together. 

One of the websites I’d looked at alot for inspiration is Desenio so when they recently said they would like to collaborate with me I was very excited, it was perfect timing!

Desenio provided my prints and frames for this blog post …. AND if you’d like some new art too, they have given me a really good discount for you (I don’t make any commission, it’s purely for you).

For the next 3 days only you can use my code bohoandblush which gives 25% off posters* between 17th – 19th October.

*Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frames.


I think making a cool gallery wall is all about finding the right balance between the style of prints and frames, plus the spacing of them – so good planning is definitely key…

I love art and have some nice paintings and prints around the house, but they’ve just been randomly stuck wherever looked kind of ok, with no real thought … until now!

So here’s how to create your perfect gallery wall in 3 steps!

PLANNING, SHOPPING &HANGING …

  1. CHOOSE A LAYOUT.

Doing this first helps you later on, as having an arrangement in mind when you look to buy your prints will help stop you getting side tracked by styles and sizes that aren’t necessarily going to work with the space you have, or the aesthetic of your room.

Tips:

  • Use Pinterest – make a board specifically for gallery walls and save any layouts from Pinterest and sites like Desenio that you like the look of.
  • Bear in mind how much space you have available – you may fall in love with a complicated gallery of 10+ pictures, but in reality only have space for half that amount to be nicely displayed.
  • In general you should leave around 2 inches of space between each picture, on all sides – but a smaller room can feel more spacious with less space between them.
  • Think about the general vibe of your room – is it modern and minimalist or cosy and maximalist i.e is the space going to suit quite a busy gallery wall or something simple?

*Once you’ve decided on a layout, I found it very helpful to quickly sketch it out on a piece of paper, here’s mine:

This will not only help you decide what size of prints to buy – but also what style of pictures you might like as it makes it easier to visualise different possible combinations.

Here’s some gallery size / layout ideas:


  1. CHOOSING YOUR PICTURES.

There aren’t really any rules for this as far as I’m concerned, obviously you want the gallery to look cohesive but I think you can have varying styles and colours … as long as it goes with the overall aesthetic of your room I think pretty much anything goes!

Tips:

  • If you aren’t sure what style or combination of prints you would like, use Pinterest to make a board for individual pictures you find appealing and take plenty of time to look through sites like Desenio and bookmark prints that you like the look of.
  • See if there is a common theme – are you drawn to modern art? do you like black and white prints? Do you like quotes? nature prints? – are there galleries you have seen with specific combinations of these that you like?
  • Bear in mind the layout you have chosen and overall aesthetic of your room – is it modern, traditional, eclectic… what style of prints would work well with that?
  • Think about what sort of colours you have in your room and soft furnishings – something which works really well is to tie in things like your cushions and throws with the range of colours that you have in your artwork.
  • Also have a think about the overall look of the frames you choose – do you want them to be simple and matching? Would you like to play around with some different metallic finishes? Or mix them up and maybe incorporate something more ornate in the centre?

* Don’t allow yourself to get side tracked by colours and styles that won’t work with your room or you are going to end up disappointed with the finished look!


I decided on quite a mixture of print styles – I wanted something simple like a quote and something black and white, but I also wanted some colour… and they needed to work with the print I had already bought a while ago as I wanted to include it within the gallery.

I have quite an eclectic mix of things around the house, so I think you are naturally drawn to artwork that’s your style in general?

I spent ages going through the website and honestly there were probably about 50 pictures I would have quite happily had on our wall, but in the end I went for these:

 

I chose to mainly go for black frames, but because I have quite a bit of copper around the room I also chose one metallic frame that I thought would go nicely with a particular print.  There were some lovely white and silver ones I liked too which I think I may get for our bedroom at some point.


 IF ALL THIS CHOICE SOUNDS OVERWHELMING

While I was choosing and designing mine, I discovered Desenio do something that I think is brilliant – if you like a gallery wall collection on the inspiration pages of their site, you can just click to buy the whole gallery wall!

They also do suggested pairings too if you would like something simpler, here’s a few ideas:


  1. CREATING & HANGING YOUR GALLERY.

Now comes the bit I was worried about – arranging and hanging! But it was easier than I thought it would be 🙂

You need a pen, a pencil, masking tape, a measuring tape and a roll of brown parcel paper or old wrapping paper.

  1. Put your prints in your frames.
  2. Measure the size of the space you have to hang in.
  3. Roll the paper out and cut it to the size of the space (you’ll need to join a few sheets together).
  4. Mark the central spot of the paper.
  5. Lie the prints out on top of it, roughly in the arrangement you have chosen.  (Doing this in front of the actual wall the pictures are going to end up on helps you visualise them in the space and gives you the chance for any last minute changes … so play around with the arrangement until you are happy!).
  6. Now fine tune it by measuring to make sure you have even gaps between the different frames. 2-3 inches all the way round is recommended.
  7. Once that’s done, draw around each frame:

You can see I’ve added in the picture I had already bought of the lady holding the deer and I think the prints from Desenio have really enhanced it!

8. Now you need to know where to put the nails in, so its best to mark this on the paper too – you can either tilt the picture up and feel with your finger where the hanging hook is at the back and mark it by eye – or the more accurate way is to flip the picture over and actually measure it.

9. Remove your frames from the brown paper and tape it up on your wall in a central position.

I wanted ours above and central to the sofa:

10. Finally, hammer your nails in, through the paper and once all your nails are done, you can tear the paper off gently and pop your prints on the wall!

And that’s it… Step back  to admire your work!

It does take a while to complete the hanging part of the gallery, but it is so worth it and it’s was actually a fun project to do at the weekend.


I’ve wrestled with different colour combinations in our lounge over the past 3 years, because of the awful green carpet and magnolia walls (the joys of renting!) and finally decided that keeping things monochrome with pops of pale peach or pink seem to work the best + plenty of natural greenery from my plants of course!

I’m massively lusting over a new velvet sofa at the moment – don’t you think now I have a smart gallery wall I need the right sofa to go underneath it?! … Shopping justification required 😉

 

So that’s it, I hope you find my tips helpful – I spent ages researching different ways and tips to hang the gallery wall and this system worked brilliantly for me.

Thank you so much to Desenio, they spoilt me rotten – everything was sent quickly and packaged really well and I’m very impressed with the quality of their prints, frames and overall service, so I will definitely be buying some prints for the other rooms in our house!

For the next 3 days only you can use my code bohoandblush which gives 25% off posters* between 17th – 19th October.

*Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frames.

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16 Comments

  1. Linda Davis
    October 17, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Looks so lovely Tiff, beautifully arranged. Xxxxx

    • October 17, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you Lin! It was definitely worth the effort, puts the rest of the house to shame now 😉

  2. October 18, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I loved the process and absolutely love the choices in photos you used. This really brought the whole room together.

    Amazing how when we take the time to actually put love and energy into our space, what one little project can bring to your home. Gorgeous!

    • October 18, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Oh thank you! Yes it has really made a great change to the room…. the only problem is I now want to smarten up everywhere else! 😉

  3. October 18, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I so want a wall like this. The problem is that I do not know that I can do it well. There is a gentleman here that offers this service for about $150. I may hire him.

    • October 18, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Hi Elise, it was actually easier than I thought it would be but definitely it is easier if you have somebody to give you a hand. If you have a friend or family member that could help you, I don’t think you would need to pay somebody… actually choosing the pictures and the layout you want was more time consuming? You should give it a go, even three or four things grouped together can look lovely!

      • November 1, 2017 / 8:52 pm

        OKay, you have inspired me. I will recruit my younger son and the hubby.

  4. October 19, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Oh wow, I had no idea there’s so much planning involved in gallery walls, I was always arranging mine completely randomly- things you learn! You did extremely well Tiff, it looks super beautiful and your entire lounge is so pretty that seriously, I wouldn’t even notice the green carpet. But yeah, totally get the sofa (maybe not necessarily from Wales though 😛 )! Xx

    • October 20, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      Thank you so much! I wish I’d done the gallery wall months ago now as it was definitely easier than I thought it would be… the only problem now is I want to buy a new pictures for everywhere else!….along with the velvet sofa 😂

  5. October 23, 2017 / 1:58 am

    They look fantastic, Tiffany! I wish I had the patience to do something like this myself haha, I take my hat off to you! 🙂 xx

  6. October 23, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Oh wow that looks very cool, really well thought out too. You don’t fancy popping to Manchester to sort mine do you?!

  7. October 23, 2017 / 11:24 am

    That’s such a good idea to use the brown paper as a guide. And your gallery wall and chosen prints look lush!

  8. October 23, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    this is super cute! i love all the prints that you picked out.

  9. October 24, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Perfect timing, yet again. We are doing this on a wall and I love the guidelines of sizes you provide. Makes it easier!

  10. October 24, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    I love gallery walls! Your gallery wall turned out great! I love the prints you chose 🙂

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