There are quite a few internet framing services out there and I used Framebridge to frame most of my large-format prints. They make it so easy to get custom frames for art, prints, or literally anything you’d like to get framed. With free shipping and hand-built pieces, Framebridge is definitely the way to go if you’re hanging anything on your walls!
I’ve laid out some things that I learned along the way while constructing my gallery wall and hopefully have some tips for making your very own:
- Layout your design on the floor. Before committing to the wall, mix & match your frames & items out on the floor to get a good idea of how you want them to be mounted. I then cut out pieces of butcher paper in the sizing of all my frames and then taped them to the wall to get an even better visual of how the wall will flow.
- Use painter’s tape to measure out the distance between frames. This was a little trick I used to make the spacing was all even! You can use one width or double-up and use two (or three!) so that all your spacing is consistent.
- Pick a color theme or cohesive look. This will give your gallery wall a nice flow – whether its’ earth tones or pops of one color!
- Start with the largest pieces. Your “hero” piece(s) will be the focal point of the wall and draw the most attention. Then fill in your gallery with the smaller items.
- Shake things up. Play around with hanging horizontals & verticals. Use different frames – or no frames at all! And have fun with it – try adding in some textured pieces or unconventional items!
- Add something personal. This is a nice touch to give your wall a bit more personality! Add a love letter or memento from childhood – I added my old passport and a clock that was set to LA-time, where my bf at the time was living!
- Mount! You can go the hammer + nail route, but if you’re a bit noncommital like me, I’d suggest using 3M Command Strips. All of the frames below were mounted without using a single nail. If you get bored or want to switch things around down the road, it’s a breeze!
Do you have any print shops that you’ve been loving or artists that adorn your walls? Be sure to let me know if I’m missing out on any! As I’m decorating my new apartment in the city, get ready for some new content and more posts surrounding interiors, furniture & styling! Excited to be exploring all of these a bit more!