August 5th, 2019 | Home Decor

Styling Tips: How To Set Up A Gallery Wall

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Are you tired of your empty walls and want to add a personal touch? A gallery wall may be what you’re looking for!

Last week, we went through the different styles of gallery walls, what wall is the best for your pieces and what style fits better for the wall you’ve chosen. If you missed the post, find it here.

This week, we are digging deeper into the topic and giving you some tips & tricks on how to actually organize your pieces on the wall.


Hang them at eye level

As general rule, make sure that the center point of your piece or grouping is at approximately eye level. Try thinking of groupings as a single unit. Also consider where you are looking at the artwork from – is it from your couch or chair in the dining room? You may want to consider hanging it at a slightly lower level.


Hanging your piece over furniture

When hanging a single piece over a piece of furniture, you want to make sure that it’s not wider than the width of the furniture piece (75%  of the width would be ideal).

However, if you are creating a gallery wall with multiple pieces, this rule may or may not apply. In fact, when using multiple pieces, you can surround the piece of furniture. See a few examples below.

Photo Credits: How to Decorate, The Every Girl


Determining the spacing

If you have an even number of pieces you may want to follow the rule below:

  • Tight spacing = 1-2”
  • Normal spacing = 4-6”  you can use your hand, fingers closed, to determine spacing in this scenario.

A tightly grouped even number of pieces is a great option for both a large space (or high walls) and smaller ones. However, consider that larger spaces may be able to handle larger spacing than smaller spaces.


Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Placements

Symmetrical Placement

This is great for pieces that are similar in size, shape, and subject matter. With this method you can create a visual balance, perfect over large furniture or fireplace mantles.

Asymmetrical Placement

If you have a group of prints different in shape or size, but that have at least one similar element (subject matter or colour scheme, …), arranging them asymmetrically can still achieve a nice ‘organic’ balance.

Remember, mixing larger and smaller pieces, vertical or horizontal pieces in the same group helps to create interest and energy.

Whether you are creating a symmetrical or asymmetrical gallery wall, imaging a vertical line at the center of the group, may help you create balance between the right and left side.

Last Tip

Before making any holes in your wall and trying to hang your gallery wall, do a trial run, but taking pieces of paper, the same size and shape as your art pieces and taping them all to the wall, so see how the gallery wall will look like, if you’re happy with the arrangement and spacing of all the pieces. This may seem tedious, but patching up holes in your wall is worse!


We hope these tips helped you organize your pieces before hanging them on the wall! If you created a gallery wall of your own, share it with us! We’d love to see it!

Meanwhile, if you’ve got any Real Estate questions, get in touch with us, we’ll be happy to help!




Credits and more gallery walls tips: How To Decorate
Cover Credit: Nyde

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