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So, You’re Making a Galley Wall

Well well well, it seems you’ve given into social media and have decided to make a gallery wall like the one you saw online. Hanging a gallery wall isn’t nearly as heard as some people make it out to be, so friend, here are my steps for creating the perfect gallery wall.
First, you’re going to look like a weirdo and sit on your kitchen floor. I find the best way to plan a gallery wall layout is on the ground, that way you can clearly see if the pieces will fit well together without having to hold up pictures and squint at them hoping they look good together.
Next, assuming you’re happy with your layout and your feet having fallen asleep from crouching on the floor, get up and find some large paper. The best tip I ever got for hanging a gallery wall is to trace out the size of each artwork on paper, and then mark on the paper how far down the nail needs to go. This will save you so much time and arm strength. One you have all of your pieces cut out and nail placements marked on the paper, go ahead and tape the paper to the wall in the layout you had decided on the floor (try using painter’s tape so you don’t leave a mark). You can now make sure all of the paper pieces are straight.
Finally go ahead and put the nail into the wall trough the paper in the spot you marked. Once the nails are all in the wall, you can remove the paper and voila, you gallery wall art is ready to hang. These steps may seem silly and unnecessary, but I promise you it saves so much time and keeps you from making a ton of holes in the wall from all of the times you didn’t measure right. Now go friend, be free and create a gallery wall to post online and feed the public’s obsession. 

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5 Art Hanging Tips

Hang at Eye Level

Specifically you can hang it around 57 inches above the ground (the average height for eye level). This is a great height if you’re not making a gallery wall and don’t know where to start. Hanging your art at eye level is what most galleries and interior decorators alike will use.

Measure (Don’t Eyeball It)

Don’t just measure how high up the art print should be hung, make sure to either centre it on the walls or between the other artworks. This can take a minute, but it’s worth the time. Nothing is more frustrating than an artwork that is hung slightly off centre.

The Toothpaste Method

Now that you’ve measured and are ready to hang your artwork, you need to measure how far down the nail is. This may seem strange, but bear with me, put a dab of toothpaste on the back of the hanger and press it to the wall wherever you want to hang your artwork. The toothpaste is where you can hammer the nail into the wall. After the nail goes in, you can wipe away the toothpaste.

Paper Templates

If you’re not really a fan of the idea of using the toothpaste trick, you can use a paper template to hang your art print. Trace the framed print you want to hang on some paper, and then mark on the paper where the nail is. Tape this template to the wall and there should be a dot or marker where you can hammer your nail. This method is perfect for planning a gallery wall layout since you can just stick a bunch of paper templates to the wall to plan out the layout.

Use the Correct Hanger

A nail isn’t always the right choice to hang your artwork. Depending on the weight of the art print and the frame, a nail in some drywall might not be supportive enough. If your print is larger or heavier, I recommend using threaded anchors, screws or several nails. These options provide a wider balance point to disperse the weight of your print. You can pick up any of these options online or through local hardware store.
Hanging Artwork

4 Types of Modern Vintage Art

With a huge rise in trends of vintage art, you may be seeing all kinds of old art prints on influencers’ walls. If you’re looking to add a cool vintage touch to your space, but keep a more modern feeling and colour platte, here are some recommendations:

Botanical Artworks

Botanical prints have been a popular choice of artwork for centuries. If you’re looking for a more traditional choice, choose a vintage botanical drawing or painting, but add a modern thin black frame to keep a more updated look. These pieces are great in sets or gallery walls.

Famous Art Prints and Posters

Whether you like colourful Matisse prints, or Van Gogh posters, these are a great way to bring a classic look to your walls. You can find either full painting posters, or posters of old exhibitions. These pieces are perfect with a simple wood frame in a larger size. They’re also a great addition to a vintage style gallery wall.

Landscapes

For these wall art pieces, I would go for either a large single piece or a small neutral piece for a gallery wall. If you’re looking for a more modern and minimalist style, use an abstract landscape such as a Dan Hobday piece. For landscapes, I recommend sticking to a more simple neutral colour palette, making them perfect for living rooms either over the couch or mantel.

Classical Inspired Prints

These are a great modern take on classical artwork. With modern colour palettes and interesting imagery, these fun and more playful pieces are a perfect way to add a vintage feeling. You can find interesting prints with classical paintings and sculptures that have been altered or edited to bring them into the 21st century such as Desirée Feldmann's work. I would recommend a medium sized print in a white or black wood frame to keep it simple since these prints tend to be detailed and colourful.

4 Tips For Choosing Art

Colour

When choosing a colour palette, try to either have the art match the colour palette of the space, or use a totally opposite colour scheme to make it pop. When choosing colour, consider if you would like your art print to draw the eye or blend in harmoniously. Trending colour palettes are neutrals, greys and pastels, but feel free to experiment and have fun with colour!

Size

People tend to choose art that is too small for a wall. If you’re just hanging one or two pieces say over a couch, make sure they’re large enough to fill the space, 24”x36” and up. For a gallery wall or a smaller space, I recommend using 8”x10” to around 20”x28”, with maybe one larger piece at 24"x36". Remember when you’re hanging a large piece of framed artwork on a plaster wall to either hang from a wall stud or use wall plugs so the weight can be supported properly.

Frame

Similar to colour, consider if you would like the frame to blend into the artwork, or be a bold accent. I usually choose simple wood frames for my pieces, but vintage frames with scrollwork are making a big comeback with the rise of interior design styles like dark academia. For a clean minimalist look, go for a simple black wood frame, and for a more boho or Scandinavian look, use a maple or grey frame.

Style

Artwork is very subjective, everyone likes different styles. I can however recommend if your room is modern to use styles like abstracts or line art to compliment your room. If your space is traditional, you may prefer landscapes or photography. Take some time to browse Pinterest with relevant keywords to find art styles you may enjoy, such as searching “modern bedroom” or “Scandinavian living room”.

3 Neglected Art Areas in Your Home

Kitchen

This is a room that is often neglected design wise. Kitchens don’t have to just be  only functional, they can also be beautiful. When adding art to your kitchen it’s nice to add a pop of colour. I find since kitchens are mostly cabinets and appliances, they’re typically a simple and plain colour palette, so adding colour through art can draw the eye and create visual interest in an otherwise simple room. I would go for a bolder framed art print in a contrasting colour to your cabinets.

Bathroom

Please don’t add a cheesy word art sign in your bathroom (I know you’ve thought about it), there are so many more options out these. For bathrooms, I recommend going for a more neutral art print. Stick to neutrals, blues or pastels for a soothing colour palette. A great way to keep a cohesive palette is to match the frame or artwork to the room, for example either the counter or towels.

Laundry Room

Similar to the bathroom, laundry rooms are typically blue or white, a calming and simple colour palette. Some great art options for a laundry room would include a landscape, a floral or interesting vintage art print. Instead of a dramatic eye catching print or gallery wall, I would go for one or two simple large prints in a laundry room.
bathroom counter with framed art print on the wall

4 Tips for Updating Your Home Office

Comfy Chair

Having a comfy able chair in front of your desk won’t just help your back, it will also give your neck better support. People often neglect proper back support, which can lead to all sorts of issues down the line, so make sure to get an ergonomic chair.

Adjustable Desk or Computer

Standing desks are all the rage right now, but having a simple adjustable computer screen or stand for your laptop can really affect your posture. You can get a reasonably priced laptop stand off amazon or any number of online retailers, look for one with holes/slats to make sure that your laptop doesn’t overheat.

Art

Did you think I wouldn't take some time to talk about how art can affect your mood? Having a beautiful framed art print beside you can really inspire you, or simply create a more cohesive look to the space. Choose a poster or print that is neutral and calming, I recommend going for a neutral abstract or landscape, but a fun matisse print could also be a great choice.

Good Light

If you’re not blessed with huge windows in your home office, try to add a standing lamp or desk lamp to bring more light into your home office. It’s been proven that people are happier when their in brighter lit rooms.

3 Types of Eye Catching Black and White Art

Abstracts
If you want a modern and sleek piece of artwork, go for a black and white abstract art print. You can choose between abstract shapes and textures to create visual interest. For these, I would stick to a simple black large framed art print, keep the focus on the dramatic print. To make the artwork really stand out, hang it on a white or black wall.
Photography
For a more classic and traditional look, go for black and white photography. You can find black and white photography in modern or vintage styles. If your space is modern, stick to a simple landscape or object, if you’re space is more eclectic, go for a fun vintage poster. These pieces can be smaller or mid size.
Portrait
If you’re looking for a conversation starter, hang a large black and white portrait. In terms of art style, I would recommend a simple line art piece if you’re a minimalist, and a watercolour, ink or photograph if your style is more eclectic or maximalist. These bold art prints can really add some drama to your walls. For sizing, I would go for a medium to large framed art print so that the face or figure isn't too small.