How to Create an Affordable Gallery Wall

April 04, 2016
How to Create an Affordable Gallery Wall

Art brings beauty and sophistication to our surroundings and helps to define a space. Without it your interior can be missing a very important piece of the puzzle and choosing the right type of art can make or break an interior.

Artworks should complement and enhance the home and not distract or compete with the rest of the interior.

Creating a feature gallery wall is visually dynamic way to highlight a wall without overwhelming the space. There are of course a few tricks to getting this right. While it is important to incorporate pieces that speak to you and evoke happiness when you look at them, there’s also some key things to consider when planning your gallery wall.

Things to Consider:

  • Selecting prints over original artworks will help to keep costs down significantly. This also offers the flexibility of being able to replace the prints easily and cost effectively for a fresh new look.

  • When selecting artwork sizes select varying sizes of large, medium and small.

  • Keep it consistent – One option is to choose predominantly monochromatic prints and introduce colour through by including a couple of key prints with colour. If you prefer all colour, select colours that are complimentary or use items with subtle colour such as pastels. Only select colours that compliment and work well the existing colour scheme within your home.

  • The overall look needs to be balanced and aesthetically pleasing to the eye and should not overwhelm the space. Mark out on the floor with masking tape the size of your wall. The artwork shouldn’t reach the edge of the wall. Having a white border will create a much tidier look overall.

  • Pay attention to the scale and proportion of the art and design your layout on the floor to determine the placement of each artwork.

  • Keep an equal amount of white space between each frame.

  • Tracing paper or butchers paper can be used to trace around the frames.

  • Cut them out and then tape to the wall using removable magic tape or masking tape.

  • Hanging Tips – Hang the largest artwork first and place off-centre so that it doesn’t become the focal point and distract from the other artworks.

  • It is essential to select the right frame for the artwork. Some frames can detract or compete. Choosing thin profile frames in either black, white or a light wood will ensure cohesiveness.

Here’s the tools you’ll need to get started:

  • Framed Artworks in a variety of sizes
  • Nails
  • Pencil
  • Tracing Paper
  • Hammer
  • Masking Tape
  • Spirit Level

The Standard Sizes to look out for are:

  • A2: 59.4 x 42 cm
  • A3: 42 x 29.7 cm
  • A4: 29.7 x 21 cm
  • A5: 14.8 × 21 cm

Be inspired by some examples of artworks that will look fabulous in a gallery wall configuration.

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Complementary Colour Palettes

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Monochromatic Gallery Wall


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Photographic Gallery Wall


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For more art inspiration visit our Buyer's Guide to Vintage Posters and check out Norsu Interiors.

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Our Gallery Wall tips provide you with all the ideas and inspiration to create and plan your perfect gallery wall. Plus with affordable art suggestions this is an essential tool.