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FIVE TIPS FOR BUILDING A STELLAR GALLERY WALL

From the hastily thrown together to the laboriously curated, what makes gallery walls so satisfying? Could it be we’ve finally grown weary of all the stark minimalism? Yet somehow there is still something so modern about this look. As the perennial Diana Vreeland would say, “The eye has to move!”

We agree that with a bouncing gaze a great room hypnotizes. It can leave you breathless, contemplating changing your lifestyle to fit the space. A great gallery wall can help in the blissful work of creating an interior that keeps your eyes invested.

Read below for a few steps to building your own perfect wall in your home.

You can and should mix your mediums. It is an unexpected treat to see mirrors mixed in with paintings and photos. Designers and artists mustn’t create something from a mold.; instead we must challenge ourselves to find what feels genuine to us or the client. Try constantly to assess what you like, and only make a purchase when you can’t live without the coveted object. This will help you to edit down to only the essential and cherished.

Find one piece to serve as an anchor for your gallery.  The building process can begin only once you have your first item selected.  Your center choice creates a theme around which you build your narrative pieces.

Don’t venture too far from eye level. You want to be able to admire your collection without much straining.  When assembling over a sofa or another piece of furniture, leave a bit of space. Trust yourself to know what feels most natural to your eye.

Utilize texture Don’t pressure yourself to stick to the two-dimensional. Walls are emboldened by the use of textiles, pedestals, busts or taxidermy. The sky is the limit. There is no failure unless you don’t like it.

Arrange your collection on the floor to sense how it will look on your wall. This is a tip for those feeling nervous about placement or perhaps those punching too many holes in their walls. Lay a tarp down first, in case you forgot to mop! Start assembling your collection as a mosaic or a puzzle. Don’t stress too much about the layout; it should come together naturally fitting piece by piece. If you are really struggling, determine which piece is giving you pause. It’s possible you may need to find a different home for the object in question.  An alternative planning process is to trace and cut the outline of your frames on paper and adhere them to the wall with painter’s tape. This will give you the most accurate depiction of a final look.

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