Endlessly adaptable and customizable, a gallery wall creates an instant narrative on your blankest of canvases. When it comes to finishing your living space with character and finesse, a gallery wall representing a story you wish to tell to those who visit you is an artistic reflection of your personality. However, a gallery wall is not a result of buying a few pieces and grouping them together. From prints to placement, there is an art to curating a cohesive collection. So follow these 5 tips that will guide you in creating and curating your own gallery wall.

1. Find the right space
You don’t need to live in a big loft to display lots of art. A gallery wall is absolutely ideal for small apartments or spaces as it can give a room depth and abundance. If you don’t have one large wall, gallery walls can be curated around windows, doors, above bed heads and even around cabinets in a kitchen. You must consider exposure to moisture when finding the right space for your gallery wall. The biggest mistake you can make is exposing your artworks to moisture or heat as they are detrimental to works on paper.

2. Think about what you want it to reflect
Think about the feeling you want to create in the room. What do you want it to say about you? And whatever it is that you want to say, say it in an unconventional manner to keep it interesting. Remember, a gallery wall is not limited to two-dimensional, traditionally framed artworks. Think of your home as a true gallery and showcase any tactile artwork or textiles that you love collecting – a framed skein of vintage fabric can create a great visual resting place when mixed in with other works. Think outside of classic art forms. Using a mixture of media – from paint to frame-free textiles to wall-strung sculptures – you can create real newness and complexity.

3. Make a visual plan
A unified aesthetic is essential if you want to create and curate a photogenic gallery wall. Visualize your wall as an art gallery – would you expect to find your pieces at the same exhibition? You can make sure there is cohesion through the color palette, border, genre of artwork etc. It’s also important to keep your canvas in  mind. Consider the size and shape of your wall. For example, if you have a tall and narrow area? Mirror the space through artwork that is framed in a similar manner.

4. Chose your frames stylistically
Frames play a critical role in a gallery wall. We encourage you to put the same amount of time into selecting your frames as you did your prints as they set the stage for your visual narrative. Consider frames as a key part of the overall look, and think of how you want them to impact the mood. They immediately elevate a collection and can soften a more graphic edge. Using good frames can uplift the look of the work and create a sense of interrelation in the larger context of the wall. You can either use the same frames on all your works so that a sense of uniformity is maintained or else, you can use different frames so that your gallery walls reflect a collection of unique artworks spanning genres, periods and mediums.

5. Placement patterns
Once you’ve decided on the visual direction for your gallery wall and assembled all the works together, you can plan how to arrange your works of art. Experiment with different layouts on the floor and find the one you like best. You can perhaps cut scraps of paper to the size of each piece , then use painter’s tape to mock-up the arrangement on the wall. This way, you will gain a good sense of how the artwork will complement each other and avoid any unnecessary holes in your wall.

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10th April, 2020 Applied Art