Personalizing your space is an important part of interior design. One of the most effective ways to add personality to your home is creating a gallery wall. Wall art is also crucial in creating a home décor theme and adding style to a room. Not only does wall art allow you to document your personal journey and showcase precious memories, it also creates a visual focal point by adding color to any room. In this article we’ll explore different layout ideas for creating your own gallery wall. You will learn how to make the most of your space and create a look that reflects who you are.
Consider the size and shape for your wall
Measuring your wall space should always be the first step in creating your own gallery wall. Before you decide on a layout, first decide on where you want to display the gallery wall and write down the measurements of the wall space. Once you know what you have to work with, you can start to plan the layout of your gallery wall. My favorite way to experiment with different layouts is to take a sheet of paper and cut out different sized placeholders on a scale of 1:10. You can arrange them any way you like to see which layout you like best. Of course you can also use a digital planer instead. When deciding on a layout, keep in mind the overall balance of the design.
Think about the theme and style of your prints
In order to achieve a visually pleasing and cohesive look for your gallery wall it’s best to choose photos with similar color schemes, a similar subject matter or similar framing. For example, if you want to create a coastal themed gallery wall, you could select photos of coastal landscapes, sandy beaches and turquoise waters. In our article “How to Create a Photo Gallery Wall – A Step by Step Guide” you will find more tips on this matter.
Layout ideas for your gallery wall
The diptych and triptych layouts are achieved by splitting a single photo into two or three separate parts. This look works great for panoramic scenes. It creates a sense of balance and symmetry in the room
An alternative to using just one single photo that you split up into several panels is to use two or three different photos of the same theme and hang them side by side. This layout is a good option if you only have limited wall space to work with.
Another very popular way to create a gallery wall is by arranging smaller prints of the same size in a grid pattern. This layout adds a trendy, polished look to your home décor. It works best if you use identical frames for all prints in the grid.
For the wheel layout you use four prints of the same size, two in horizontal orientation and two in vertical orientation. You can either align the outer edges of the layout (as pictured below) or align them from the center to create a more dynamic design.
The asymmetrical cluster layout takes the most planning. For this layout you choose different sized prints. The prints can either be of the same theme, or, for a more eclectic look, have different themes. The eclectic look is enhanced even further by also mixing different types of frames.