Building A Gallery Wall

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For the longest time I wanted my own Gallery Wall. I had seen them on countless other blogs and all over Pinterest but kept putting off doing one myself. I loved the look of them, but how to start? How do you decide what works together? And furthermore how do you make it look ~* just so *~. I didn't want to blindly buy a bunch of prints just to get them up and hate them. If you're feeling how I felt, here are a few tips for starting your own Gallery Wall based on my progress.

Find Your "Starting" Print.

My Gallery Wall started all thanks to a tour poster. This tour poster for The National from their show at Massey Hall in Toronto has been one of my favorites for ages. When I saw one pop up on Ebay I knew I had to bite the bullet and go for it. Initially seeing this singular print hanging on my wall made me both happy and sad - happy because I got my mitts on it, sad because it looked so lonely! However, this first print was pivotal to the decisions I would make for future prints to attempt to have some sort of cohesiveness.

Using The National print as my "base" I started to look around for prints by artists that I really loved that sort of fit a theme. My second print was the girl reading by Pam Wishbow. The colors were similar to those in The National print so it felt like a good choice.  After, I fell in love with Oana Befort's painting of Girl and Wild Duck. While it didn't follow the same color scheme as The National or Pam's prints, it did share a similarity of the side profile girl.

Mix It Up With Different Sizes

Not intentionally in the least, but the majority of my early prints ended up being the same size or housed in frames that made them look the same size. I knew I wanted a print by Baltimore artist Beth Hoeckel so to break this trend I went with a larger sized Greenhouse in an even larger frame. I came across Madame Talbot's work when at Bazaar in Hamdpen. I thought the Radium one was great and though it is sort of an oddball among what I had already I feel like it somehow works! I also ended up with three very small paintings by my friend and Maryland artist. Corrine McBreen. One is a portrait of me and the other two small square paintings are originals!

Don't Be Afraid to "Break Theme"

I have so many bright, colorful prints I decided I wanted to try and break up all that vibrancy with a few "neutral" prints. The last two prints were great minimal pieces to tone down the busy prints next to them. Hideaway by Cassia Beck felt like a stripped down Beth Hoeckel which was perfect in sort of keeping things together and this line drawing by The Colour Study is so elegant. Also mix and match frames! It's a great way to make things feel less uniformed and more museum styled. I have everything from white, black, grey and even a gold frame.

I'm not going to lie, I lucked out on how everything has fit on my wall so far. I did no measuring or pre-planning, I've just been slapping things up as I get them. If this is giving you anxiety, plan ahead! It's easy to measure out where you want things to go and make sure it looks exactly the way you want it to. Don't be like me, using the prints to cover old nail holes that I flubbed. It's taken me nearly a year but I'm incredibly pleased with it's progress. There are some empty spots I'm looking to fill up, but I feel a bit better and less stressed about the blank spaces than I did before.

Some sites I usually peruse for prints are Society 6 and Etsy. I also bop around Pinterest for things that might catch my eye. Right now I desperately want this Magic Hands print by Jennifer Ament but it's $175 and I'm trying to figure out how I can justify it. Gotta cut back on the Starbucks drinks....


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