Design 101 | How to Install a Gallery WallWednesday, April 02, 2014
Hello hunnies and happy hump day! I recently sent a PB (public bulletin) on my FB asking friends and fans to send over some design inquiries relating to interior design. With Haute Khuuture’s 4 year anniversary on the horizon, there’ll be TONS of new series and blog topics mainly focusing around pro tips and tricks when designing and decorating your home. This one’s for the masses since I’m sure there’s many out there who have NO idea where to begin when installing a gallery wall. It’s really quite simple and here’s how you do it:
1) Round up the artwork: “Artwork” can be anything from photography, to magazine tear sheets, vintage posters, hand drawings, Picasso prints, portraits, namely anything that tickles your fancy and can be mounted on the wall. They don’t even have to be framed as you can easily incorporate an assortment of “art” like wall clocks, found objects, even patterned textiles for an eclectic mix. But for the sake of this post, we’ll stick to the 2D variety.
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2) If you’re working with unframed art and have trouble deciding how to matte them and what colors to frame them with, I like to stick to a simple 3 color rule of thumb. Decide on the color story and follow the hues for a coordinated mix. White mats always look chic with any color frame and allows the artwork to speak for themselves without any distractions. Matte the pieces you feel needs a bit of substantial weight, usually the smaller images (11x14 and lower) look great with that sizable frame within the frame. The pieces that are saturated in color I usually leave alone without any matting.
4) Now for the installation: Create a grid on the floor before you commit to hanging on the wall. Lay out all the pieces side by side, mixed and matched; that way you can move them around until you get the look you desire. They don’t need to line up by frame or size, the more “undesigned” and “random” the placement, the more casual the gallery will look and feel. Since this gallery wall above featured just a few pieces (less than 10) I chose to keep the look streamlined by designating a central vertical line to weigh out the larger pieces (left) versus the smaller pieces (right). Symmetry allows the viewer to see a balance of objects, where there might have been none otherwise.
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Hope that helps my loves!
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