The 5 Best Tricks for Hanging a Gallery Wall

by Jillian Finley

The gallery wall is oft counted among the most coveted of design feats. A labyrinth of clever mixing and eclecticism, it requires equal parts careful curation and precise wall-hanging skills. These five simple components are all you need to master perfect symmetry with minimal fuss. 

Colour Theory — Choose a palette based on complementary and split-complementary tones. Hues of a similar ilk will make mixing and matching seamless. Peppering in sparks of these shades will create a vibe that is cohesive and free-flowing. Sites like ArtSpace and 1stDibs allow you to search and filter results based on period, style, size, and colour palette. 

Clever Mixing — There should exist a cohesive dialogue amongst pieces that incorporates scale, texture, and colour. Balance out bold statement pieces with quieter voices. Richly textured art, from tapestry to oil paintings, is harmoniously accented by smoother graphic prints or a beautiful piece of china. 

Frame Composition — Choose mattes and frames that highlight the art itself without competing for attention in a larger group. If your overall look is found and eclectic, mix it up with fun vintage scores. For a sleek modern aesthetic, pair glare-proof glass with simple yet elegant, monochromatic hues. 

Foolproof Layout — Before your pick up the hammer, lay everything out on the floor first. This will allow you the satisfaction of editing and intermixing to your heart’s content without the hassle of rehanging. 

Tape, Paper, Scissors — We love this ingenious tip via A Beautiful Mess that suggests mocking up the gallery wall itself using butcher paper and painter's tape. Click here for a step-by-step guide that will walk you through assembling paper cut-outs to nail ultra-accurate placement. 

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