Let’s talk gallery walls- you know, hanging a bunch of pieces of art on one wall. Its been a trend for ages, and I love it. Lately, I’ve been noticing floor to ceiling gallery walls. It feel fresh and gives a big, bold look. In fact, I put one up in my last home:
all artwork via Jenny’s Print Shop
Here’s a few of my favorites from Pinterest-
via– that pink door!
master bedroom reading corner
So when my master bedroom needed some love in a corner, I thought I’d create a smaller version of the floor to ceiling gallery wall. By the way, its only smaller because the ceilings slope, making the walls shorter. Here’s the before:
I painted the wall and the window sill, hung the art, added a chair and some books and now I have:
Is that not sooooo much better?! This is such a happy little place for me! The stack of books is temporary (one day I’ll build a bookcase for them), but I thought it was a fun “end table.”
how to create a floor to ceiling gallery wall
While these look intimating, they don’t have to be! Here’s a few tips for how to create a floor to ceiling gallery wall-
- Start at eye level. Make sure to hang your favorite art first. Then work out from there. Leave your least favorite art for the floor where you won’t see it as much
- Remember balance- you need some big statement prints, but you also need small pieces of art. They work together to make a pleasing arrangement.
- Pay attention to the color of your art. For the living room gallery wall at the top, I tried to have pink and/or blue in most of the art. And the bedroom gallery wall is obviously a pastel dream 😉 !
- When you have this much art, you can play with the subject matter. You can go with a theme (like the travel wall in my master). Or, you can do a variety like in my last home- I had flowers, a portrait, a graphic print, an abstract, some paintings, and some photographs. It definitely kept it interesting!
- If you don’t have all of the art for this big project at once, that’s ok! You can start with a small grouping and work towards the full gallery wall- just add art as you acquire it.
- Don’t be afraid to change where your nails are. I shared some behind the scenes of hanging this art on Instagram. I put one piece up too far over and quickly changed it. Honestly, I don’t love having extra nail holes in the wall, but I’d prefer to have the art where I like it. Plus patching walls is so easy!
- If you have small children (or dogs), or the art is in an easy to knock over place, use museum wax to keep the art where it belongs. Here’s a quick overview on how to use museum wax– I LOVE this stuff!
I hope those tips were helpful! This trend has been a favorite of mine. Let me know if you try it out!
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