On today’s episode of #toolschool we’re talking about gallery walls:
I don’t think I’ll ever be over gallery walls. No matter their size, shape, or style, they never disappoint me. I love how much personality they have. I love that they can be perfectly symmetrical and organized, or relaxed and eclectic. No matter your style, the one thing you need when creating a gallery wall is balance.
I recently created a gallery wall in the new shop we’re creating in the Curbly studio. It was different than any I’ve done before, and I discovered one brilliant trick to help me along the way. Read on to find out the secret weapon that will make your gallery wall come to life (without 75 extra nail holes).
Before we get into the nitty gritty of this wall, let’s take a little walk through the Curbly gallery wall archives…
This lived in our dining room for years was assembled using Ikea RIBBA frames, beloved family photos, and the beautiful brains of Emily Henderson (plus the beautiful braun of Orlando Soria – who was the first person to prove to me that you really can measure twice and hammer once when assembling your wall).
We’ve since replaced it with a collection of modern art prints that we love. But, seeing these photos makes me nostalgic
I don’t know if our new dining room wall arrangement technically qualifies as a gallery wall, because it’s only made up of five frames. But, I’ll say this: The frames are huge, and the layout is gorgeous, and it spans the whole wall. It looks like a gallery to me.
The arrangement we created in our new shop space includes a mix of frames, which instantly gives off an eclectic vibe. The wall consists of powerful women, and we wanted to come up with a way to make the experience of looking at the wall more personal. We mixed little mirrors into the wall so that women would see themselves in the wall. I love the concept, and I really love the way the wall came together.
A few more gallery wall resources
Want to know how to start your gallery wall today, even if your art collection isn’t complete? We tackled the subject a few years ago, and the tips are still relevant:
Wondering how to build out an impressive gallery wall without spending an impressive amount? Here’s how to hang a gallery wall on the cheap:
How to Speed Up Your Gallery Wall Game
Like most ‘tricks’, this one really is just about having the right tool for the job. In this case, that tool is a laser level.
Because this gallery wall involved so many different types of frames (black, wood tones, and metal), and because the frames were several different sizes, and because it wasn’t laid out within concise borders (like our dining room gallery), I needed to keep things bound and straight. I used a Bosch digital laser level to help accomplish this goal. The level was a godsend, because it allowed me to create straight lines, while being mindful of the boundaries of the wall.
Thanks to our #thdprospective partnership with The Home Depot, we’ve had the ability to test out several laser levels over the last few months. The one I grabbed for this job was the Bosch 40 ft. Self Leveling Cross Line Laser with VisiMax Green Beam. Here’s why it’s a good choice:
- The green laser is extra-visible, up to four times more than standard red beams
- With a 40-ft range, it’s more than capable enough for around-the-house uses
- It can be mounted on a tripod, or use the included clamp to attach it to almost anything
- It’s self-leveling, which means it’s always easy to find a level line
In addition to being great for hanging artwork, a laser level like this one is helpful when putting up shelving, aligning cabinet doors or hardware, setting tile, and just about any other use case when you want things to be straight and accurate.
I’m thrilled with how the gallery wall turned out … stay tuned for a full reveal (and a peek at our new shop) coming soon.
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