Milestones and significant events are ones we want to cherish forever. Be it a wedding, your first born child, or even just the love for your family… we crave to remember these moments and often we chose to capture them with the art of photography! However, with so many experiences in our lives we end up with a vast collection of photos, and nowhere to put them; that is until the photo gallery wall concept came about.
A photo gallery wall is a remarkable way to display all of the stages in your life and be able to create a story while doing so. Want to know my favourite techniques to creating a photo gallery wall? Then keep on reading…
Decide on Display Location
You can’t display your photos if you don’t have a display location. Are you looking at a full gallery wall? Maybe along the staircase or on the fireplace ledge? There are plenty of options in and around the home that would make a grand place to show off all your special memories. A good indication of where you should arrange your photos is how many pictures you plan on featuring both in the present and in the future.
Also, remember that you don’t have to limit yourself to one wall! There are many rooms in a home to create a photo gallery wall in.
Experiment with Layout
I’ve seen plenty of layout ideas online, such as a heart-shaped display or the classic row by row style. You never know which layout you will like best until you try a few different options yourself! My best advice would be to either lay your frames out on the floor or to use painters tape and mock your desired placement along the wall you plan to hang your photos. By planning out your layout this way, you’ll avoid a million holes in the wall through the good old-fashioned “trial and error” process.
Hang Your Frames First
Imagine hanging all your photos, and then you take a step back and nothing goes together… Everything looks all wrong! You’ve either placed your pictures by how they look beside each other or the frames for how they fit along the wall. To avoid this disaster, and having to start all over again, hang your frames first! Hanging your frames first allows you to decide what photos you’d like to display later, as well as gives you the easy option of switching out your photos without ruining your entire gallery wall layout.
Mix it Up
Just because it’s called a “photo gallery wall” doesn’t mean you have to hang only “photos”. In fact, just hanging photos might feel mundane and there won’t be enough balance in textures and visual elements. Try mixing up your display with the ever popular trend of text art! Or, better yet, invest in some beautiful paintings and art pieces that will bring your photo gallery to life with brilliant pops of colour.
Fun Tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, leave a few frames empty to create some interest through the feel of negative space. If you don’t like it down the road, you can always fill them up with photos later!
Develop a Colour Palette
Just like Instagram, your photo gallery wall will look more cohesive if your colour scheme works together. Pick a few of your favourite hues that will complement the room your gallery will live in, and carefully choose your photo selection around that. Also, consider if your home is traditional or more modern- the more contemporary your home is, the more you can get away with when it comes to colours, textures, and patterns within your photos.
However, no matter what you decide to do… remember that the most important thing about your photo gallery wall are the memories you’ve experienced behind the picture.
Are you ready to create your photo gallery wall? Did these tips help you? Let me know in the comments below!
Contact me today to get started on your own gallery wall, because after all, it starts with photos.
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