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How to Create a Simple Gallery Wall

It’s been almost a year since we moved into our newly renovated home in military housing! Crazy how time flies. Andrew isn’t much of a decorator and could care less what I do with the house. I really wanted to create a gallery wall but was always so intimidated by all the beautiful ones out there.

Like this one from Hawthorn Home Interiors.

Like seriously how perfect is this gallery wall?

Anyways I finally took the plunge into making my own. Here’s what I used to create my simple gallery wall.

Simple Gallery Wall

CHOOSE A VARIETY OF FRAMES

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I knew that the first step to creating my gallery wall was getting frames. I looked for a variety of white and brown frames. Since we have brown couches I felt a mix of those two colors would go nicely together.

I also picked out a clip frame so I can change out the picture when the season change. I purchased a lot of frames so I would have a variety to play around with and then returned the ones I didn’t use. šŸ™‚

CHOOSE PICTURES

I have so many pictures, so it was pretty hard to decide on my favorites. We’ve never had proffessional pictures taken (I’m sure I could take my own with a tripod and remote haha) so I had to choose from ones that were taken either with my phone or my Sony a5100 (compact for trips). After going through my photos, I chose 5 favorite ones. I printed all my photos at Walgreens in B&W. This was a mix of Andrew and C and I. My favorite one is of C and Andrew on the ferris wheel in Santa Monica. šŸ™‚

BUY ACCENTS

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Because this was my first attempt at a gallery wall, I didn’t want to go overboard on accents. So I chose 2 that went with my frames. I chose an american flag wall box that was on clearance at Kohl’s for $5 and this super cute home sign.

PLAY WITH THE LAYOUT

Once I decided on my frames and accents I laid everything out on the floor to kind of get an idea of where I wanted everything. I didn’t get all crazy with the paper, tracing frames, measuring, etc. I just switched them around until I was completely satisfied.

HANG

I think this was the most challenging part of my gallery wall. I put up the home sign first and build around that. Again playing around with distance and space. I didn’t want everything lined up perfectly so I offset most of my frames with one another. You can get real technical with this part, trace your layout, measure everything out but frankly I’m just too lazy for that lol.

Simple Gallery Wall

Despite my lack precision, I think it came out pretty darn good! What do you guys think?

Easy tutorial to create a simple gallery wall.

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8 Comments

  1. September 14, 2017 / 6:27 PM

    Love this! I need to create a few gallery walls for our house!

  2. September 14, 2017 / 7:48 PM

    WOW! The mix of photos and letters is so pretty! I also adore how it seems to have so much dimension.

  3. September 15, 2017 / 6:30 AM

    I like how all the pieces are different shapes and sizes, but put together on the wall, they create a simple square that’s visually pleasing and organized! xoRach | http://www.rkcsouthern.com

  4. September 15, 2017 / 10:07 AM

    You did an awesome job! We have a huge blank space behind our couch as well. I gotta fill it up!

  5. September 16, 2017 / 5:08 PM

    I love your gallery wall! The heart with the flag is so cute. I used to have a gallery wall at my old apartment but didn’t set it up at my current one but now I’m thinking about it.

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