WE ASKED INTERIOR STYLIST SARAH GUNN FOR HER TIPS ON HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL (AND MEANINGFUL!) GALLERY WALL. HERE IS HOW SHE DOES IT.
PLAN YOUR WALL
“The first step to successfully creating a gallery wall isn’t selecting the art, it’s planning the layout,” says interior stylist Sarah Gunn. And the best way to do that isn’t necessarily the way you’d think—yes, there are apps for this, but go old school and use kraft paper. “Cut the paper to the frame sizes you’re working with and tape them to the wall,” she says. If you’re working around a TV, like Gunn does here, start from the TV and work your way out so that the frames beside and above the TV are an equal distance (in this case, Gunn kept four inches on either side and above). “I taped the templates, making sure to mix sizes and shapes. To pull it all together, each piece of art was placed exactly three inches from other pieces.” Now that you know the sizes, you can fill your frames with pieces you love.
MAKE YOUR SELECTIONS
Dig into your albums and digital archives, print those smartphone photos and look for art that makes you happy or carries significance.
It’s okay if your photos aren’t super matchy-matchy (there can be dated black-and-whites of grandparents in their youth mixed in with new Instagram-worthy shots), but they should be cohesive in the way they’re tied together. “I don’t believe a single piece of art, hung on its own, has to match a room.
However, when designing a gallery wall, I like to select art or photos that are beautiful, have meaning and work well in relation to each other,” Gunn says, When it comes to frames, “mixing a variety of art pieces in several sizes, having them all framed in the same frame, or different frames in the same colour, helps unify the wall.”
Choosing art and photos for a gallery wall around your TV is different than designing it for a blank wall, Gunn says. “The scale of the art should relate to the size of the TV.
Mixing several large pieces (similar in size to the TV) with a few smaller pieces will help make the TV feel like it’s part of the design. Selecting art with more subtle colours helps the pieces fade into the background and prevents them from competing with your favourite show.”
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- PICTURES TARA WEST
- WORDS LISA VAN DE GEYN
- STYLIST SARAH GUNN