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How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall

17th May 2019

Great interior design is about bringing together simple and stylish features to turn a room into a sophisticated space that oozes personality. Gallery walls are a great way to showcase your favourite images, and (since no two projects need ever be the same) your unique style, whether it be through artwork, family photos or fun typography. If you’d like to give the effect a go, but aren’t sure where to start, photo expert Clare Moreton of CEWE Photoworld has some innovative suggestions…

A Uniting Theme:
One of the best aspects of this trend is just how well it can showcase your individuality – using a common theme across your artwork can really bring your whole wall together. Choose something you’re passionate about: display holiday beach photographs alongside nautical paintings for a fresh seaside-themed wall; combine family pictures with graphic prints featuring your favourite inspirational quotes; or dedicate a whole gallery to your much-loved pet.
Whatever your tastes or passions, you can create a wall that tells your story. It’s a great way to give house guests an instant snapshot of your interests, but more importantly, it gives you something to smile about every time you enter the room.

Experimental Shapes:
Why not try geometric photo tiles? A big advantage of these is that you can combine different photographic styles and elements seamlessly. Whether you want your wall art to be neat and symmetrical or slightly more abstract, there really are no limits with hexxas. You’re free to mix and match them according to your own taste, allowing you to tailor them perfectly to your existing features such as shelves or furniture. Have some fun playing around with the layout and figuring out how to best position them in your home.

Eclectic Styles:
An eclectic mix of styles, sizes and types can really show off your creative side. Mix framed photographs with typographic art prints – if you’re feeling really brave you can even add in other pieces like maps and clocks. This type of style works best if you take a playful attitude to your materials; a framed print of a favourite memory, alongside a stunning travel shot, juxtaposed with a a print of your furry friend.
Try mixing up your frame types too, such as a combination of black and gold frames for a, modern look that really draws the eye. Your arrangement will need to be more freeform with this kind of gallery wall, so we recommend placing your largest item first and then positioning your smaller items around it.

Simple Symmetry: 
If uniform lines and symmetry are more your style, choose several gallery wall prints in identical sizes, and hang them in an even and regular pattern. Don’t skip the spirit level and tape measure!

The effectiveness of this hinges upon its uniformity. Make sure there is an equal amount of space between each photograph: at least two inches. To ensure this look stays chic not sloppy, measure and mark out your wall, and step back for a second look before bringing out the hammer and nails.
Want to take this idea to the next level? Try using images that all share a common colour theme. The easiest way to do this is to print all of your pictures in a monochrome or sepia tone. 

A Vintage Vibe:
Looking for something with a hint of nostalgia? Why not create a family photo gallery wall with old photos that are currently hanging around in a drawer or a photo album? Whether they’re your own adorable baby pictures or glorious black and white shots of your ancestors, they can make a gorgeous addition to your photo gallery wall.

Keep in mind that these precious pictures are often at risk of being faded by exposure to sunlight. If you’d like to display your family pictures without risking the originals, use a specialist photo company to make copies so they last years on your wall.


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