Gallery walls have become a common feature in Interior Design. They provide a creative way for people to display family photo’s, memories and artwork.

This blog post will help you create the perfect gallery wall in your home.


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For me, the key to creating the perfect gallery wall is to plan it out.

You need to have a clear idea of how you want your wall to look before you start.

If you have a plan of action, this will help when it comes to ordering frames and artwork, as you don’t want to have a random mix of frames that may not work the best together and then your struggling to create something visually pleasing.

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Create frame templates out of brown postage paper, cut them into your standard frame sizes and have about 2 or 3 of each size cut. You can then experiment with different layout options, once you have your desired layout you know what size frames you need to order.

As a general rule, when laying out the frames you want to have about a 10cm gap between them (which is roughly the width of your hand).


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Save yourself the stress by being organised and having everything you need there ready for when you start.

Have all your frames and tools ready to go.

Its a nightmare when you are starting a job and you keep having to run around the house grabbing bits.


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When it comes to drilling the holes for frames, this can be really daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With your brown paper templates, tape them on the wall in your chosen layout, then you can mark out on the paper the drill marks. Use a spirit level to ensure your templates are straight before going ahead and drilling.

Or you can disregard all this and do what I did and get someone else to do it for you (thanks dad, you’re a star!!) and you can play ‘project manager’ making sure things are in the right spot.


Now all that is well and good, but some of you may be thinking ‘yep got all that, but I don’t know what layout to do’.

Like I mentioned before, experiment. Take the time to test out different layouts, but if you are still struggling take inspiration from other people (in other words copy them haha) There is no shame in seeing something you like and wanting to recreate it.

Alternatively follow a template guide, Pinterest is full of them so have a browse and see if something draws your eye.


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The most important thing to remember is ITS YOUR WALL, do things your way!

Sometimes in design people think that you have to follow particular design guidelines, but its your home … create your own design rules!


Now you’ve got a beautifully laid out gallery wall, you’re probably thinking, what should I put in the frames … don’t worry my next blog post will help so keep an eye for that one!


xoxojen mccarthy








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