Frame It Right: 8 Wall Blunders to Sidestep When Crafting Your Perfect Gallery

Last updated on August 16th, 2023

The easiest way to transform your accent wall is by adding a picture gallery. However, there are picture galleries, and there are picture galleries. Just putting up a collection of prints, photos, and whatnot on your wall isn’t going to cut it if you want to take it to the next level.

Curating a great display isn’t rocket science, and once you read these tips on getting it right, you are good to go. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s go!

1. Work Around a Concept

A hodgepodge of ideas and leftover artwork isn’t the look you want to create. For a magnificent accent wall, pick a theme or a color. At its core, your collection needs to tell a story. And you are the author.

2. Pick a Color Palette

It can be a fabric swatch or a favorite shirt. Take the colors on the print as your guideline and build on them. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so take your time collecting interesting artwork or prints. Your other options?

  • Use monochromatic family photos for your décor. To take it a step forward, frame clasped hands or just the eyes to create an impressive wall décor.

  • Curated wall frame sets are available online and at home décor depots. Pick a few, and let that be your starting point.

3. What’s Your Theme?

A theme can be based on a variety of concepts. Let’s take a look at a few:

  • The seashore is a great starting point and works well when you have sandy neutral shades in your décor. Aqua colors and prints or photographs of shells give off a gorgeous vibe.

  • Fun memories and happy events give a nostalgic feel and reflect your personality.

  • Ancient scripts and figurines are perfect for rustic décor. In short, the sky is the limit.

4. Patience is the Key

A patiently gathered collection allows you to tell a story through your pictures. Don’t be in a hurry to frame your collection or put it up prematurely. Once you have a sizeable collection, you can pick what looks best on your wall. Work on ideas about the size, the color of your frames, and the placement on a mood board to get a fair idea before you pick up the hammer.

5. Check the Measurements

Figure out the size of the wall and the place where your picture gallery will be displayed. A good way to go about it is to lay the collection of frames flat on the ground on the spot where you want to put up your gallery. Decide on how you want to wing it; are you going symmetrical? Or is it to be a random display? Flip around the frames and decide on the best possible arrangement before you proceed. Even numbers work best if you are going for symmetry.

6. Do the Frames Matter?

You can let your frames blend into the wall color for a subtle touch or go for contrasts. For symmetry, try matching frames. A playful, funky look allows you to play with different sizes and colors. So go all out, making sure you follow the color palette in your décor. Neutral shades work in the Japandi, Scandinavian, or wabi-sabi décor. For a vintage vibe, go for frames with a bit of fancy trimming.

Your other options? Use the same colors but go for different frame styles to amp up the look.

7. Putting Up Your Picture Gallery

Paper templates will help you get the placement right. If you aren’t handy with the hammer, get a carpenter to do the job for you. This will also ensure accuracy. You can also use a pencil to lightly mark the areas where you want your frames. No matter the color or size of your frames, make sure they have the same space between them.

8. Take the Existing Décor into Consideration

Make sure your artwork and frames match the décor. Rustic frames won’t cut it if your décor is sleek and sophisticated. Bold, vibrant colors in your frames can mar a vintage look.

Winding Up

Now that your picture gallery is up, all you need to do is take a step back and admire your handiwork. With this much-needed infusion of creativity, it’s time to open your doors and invite your friends for a get-together. For tips on entertaining and sprucing up your decor with plants, is your first port of call. So, log in already!