How to create a gallery wall

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Over the past year or so, we’ve gotten used to spending *a lot* of time in our own four walls. And we can probably all agree that our interiors could use a bit of freshening up.

Creating a gallery wall is one of the chicest (if not the easiest) ways to express yourself artistically. After all, what’s the point of taking pretty pictures if they’re just lying around in your iCloud? Give these family snaps the respect they deserve by incorporating them into your carefully designed photo gallery wall.

If you’ve run out of gallery wall ideas or aren’t sure how to position a gallery wall, stick around. Here, Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s Trend Expert, shares her top tips for curating your own gallery wall – whether it’s a photo collage in front of your desk or a unique display in your living room. , no one will be able to look away.

do your research

Don’t worry, there is minimal swotting involved. Instead, Dayna recommends that you “spend time looking at the art; on Etsy, in galleries and books, and in your friends’ restaurants, bars, and homes.” Unleash your artistic taste by asking yourself, “Is there a related theme in the art you love?” Is it abstract? Does it tell a story? Are you drawn to particular colors or shapes? »

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Be confident

Guess what? It doesn’t matter if – try as you might – you just don’t like line drawings of naked women. As Dayna says, “Art is subjective and your opinion is as valid as that of any ‘expert’. After all, you are the person who has to live with what you buy.”

What do you already own?

Dayna recommends: “Think about how the artwork you buy will fit in with what you already own. And where you will place it. Art is made to be displayed, not glued to the bottom of wardrobe because it doesn’t match the wallpaper.” Does this mean you can finally dig up your old Linkin Park posters? Ask a friend.

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Speak directly with the seller

Perhaps you have found the painting of your dreams but the dimensions do not suit your wall plan, no problem! As Dayna says, “One of the great things about shopping on Etsy is that you’re shopping from real people,” adding that “many sellers will offer commissions or a more personalized experience… you just have to ask !”

Search with filters

Feel like you’re about to blow your budget by buying one of everything? Dayna recommends “using keywords and filters” to “make it easier to find what you’re looking for”, adding that “one of the best ways to be more specific in your search is to filter […] by price or location.”

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Find a harmonious balance

According to Dayna, to make your gallery wall *really* stand out, you need to use artwork of different shapes and sizes: “Play around with different layouts for your prints by positioning them on the floor first. them so that the contrasting sizes are side by side and try to make the overall result beautifully balanced.Don’t forget to take a picture of your dream layout to remember.

Map it first

“Test your layout on the wall by tracing around the outside of the frame for each print on craft paper or newsprint, then cut along the outline to create scaled paper cutouts for your prints. Using tape, gently tape each cut-out to the wall according to your layout to ensure it looks perfect, swapping pieces as needed as you go. close to eye level as possible, so viewers can see just how beautiful each piece is.

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Spacing is key

Take your tape measure and/or masking tape to make sure the spacing in your gallery wall is consistent. As Dayna says, “It will make the overall result both polished and professional, and the viewer’s eye will be drawn to the artwork itself, not the gaps between each image.”

Light it up!

“A gallery wall should always be fun and expressive, so keep it fresh by mixing up your prints from time to time. Printable illustrations are a quick and easy way to do this, and there are plenty of options for every style on Etsy. look for prints that come with a downloadable PDF option, print them at home in your desired size and have them mounted.”

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Elaine F. Brim