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How to Create a Gallery Wall

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s Manhattan Apartment

Have you ever wondered how to create a gallery wall? We've all seen them - beautifully curated with mixtures of art, paintings and photographs. It looks like these pictures have always been there and they seem to be randomly placed, yet perfectly displayed. Then you think, how do I get the right pictures that reflect my personal style and how to arrange them? Is there a method to the madness?

Well the short answer is, there's no real method to the madness. Finding the right pictures and artwork is personal. So anything that speaks to you, whether it's cheerful, moody, colourful, subdued etc. Or maybe you like how the lines of a tree were drawn, or the particular light in a photo - all these can be jumping off points to start collecting for your gallery wall. They also don't have to match or even be the same size. Having different pieces and sizes can create a lot of interest and movement.

So once you have your pictures, the next step would be to create a focal point - a piece that would stand out and then basically trial and error to see which ones work together and which don't. Another tip would be to place your least favourite ones at the bottom, or even lean them against the wall. If you're having trouble conceptualizing your vision then just look at these layouts for inspiration!

The nice thing here is that you don't have to finish it all at once. You can start hanging pictures and then leave them against the wall and come back to them later.

This shows how small pieces that are pretty much the same can be arranged to create a pattern and interest.

So the great thing about a gallery is, is that it not only can fill up a wall and be impactful but it can create a story, a conversation piece, of who you are and what you love.


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