Creating a gallery wall of photos can initially seem quite daunting. The thought of designing the layout and getting creative with your pictures can sometimes lead to having an ideas freeze. But don’t worry, with bonusprint and a bit of forward planning you’ll find creating an awesome gallery wall in your home really is a breeze.
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Plan your gallery space
Of course, one of the first things to think about for your gallery wall is the room, and the wall, where it’ll go. You also need to think about how the room will fit with the theme you’re planning. The living room, hallways, and staircases are always great places to display family photos, while bathrooms, landings, and dining rooms work well with arty photos or travel pictures. You can find out more about which rooms work for different photo styles right here.
Consider contrasting sizes
If you want to inject a bit of energy into your DIY decor, then start thinking about using different sized photos. Our prints and wall art come in all kinds of sizes and finishes — check out the possibilities with bonusprint — so the size of the pictures doesn’t have to be the constant theme. You could connect your photos by a subject or tie everything together by the way you arrange the photos around a horizontal or vertical line. Take a step back and work out what works best for the size and shape of your wall.
The secret’s in the symmetry
If you’re someone who’s into a minimalist and contemporary look, then your photo gallery wall should be equally spaced and follow a symmetrical theme. By ordering the same sized photos from bonusprint, and then arranging them in a uniform way, you’ll achieve the symmetrical and fashionable look you’re after. If this is the style for you, then your photo gallery should reflect the size and shape of your wall. So if your wall is tall and thin then go for portrait pics, landscape photos fit a wide wall, and if the room is a little boxy, then try square prints. To make things easy for you, we offer all three options in range of sizes.
Height is important
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and finish your wall gallery, but luckily you don’t need to start using the Fibonacci sequence to make your photos look great on your wall. A good guide to follow is to make sure your photos are hung no lower than 145cm from the ground. We’ve got this great in-depth guide for you to check out on the rules of spacing your wall art.
Mix your media
You don’t just need photo prints and wall art to make your gallery wall. Get creative and bring in different materials and objects to complement your pictures. You can have framed text, hand drawings, artefacts you’ve found on your travels, sculptures, and 3D art to create a truly unique feature to your room. You can even try different finishes on your wall art, from shiny acrylic to printing photos onto canvas — there are no limits to your creativity with this.
String it along
One of the easiest, yet still stylish, gallery wall looks you can create is so straight forward you only need three things: some string, some clips, and your photos. It’s as easy as that. Just cut your string to the desired length and fix it to the wall. Then simply clip your photos along the string to create a rustic, simple, and fun look. You can even use retro prints to give it an old school vibe. Check out the range of photo printing options here.
Consider your theme
One of the most important things you need to think about is what your overriding gallery wall theme will be. The focus could be something as straightforward as family and friends, a memorable wedding, or maybe it could trace your travels. But you don’t have to be as specific as that — why not think about theming the gallery wall around a particular colour or season. Or maybe the theme could be as simple as all the photography featured has been taken by you.
By following these simple tips and tricks to get inspired and prep your space, when you come to make your gallery wall, you’ll find it really is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
We hope that these ideas have given you some inspiration and confidence to make your very own gallery wall. It really isn’t as difficult as you might have initially thought. We’d love you to share your finished galleries with us on our Facebook and Instagram, — we can’t wait to see them.