June 6, 2014

How to hang art: it seems simple enough, right? Get a hammer and some nails, and approximately 45 holes in the wall and a slammed finger or two later, you have yourself a gallery wall.

Unfortunately that’s the case more often than not. Getting a great gallery wall takes time and practice. It can be tricky to place different items together and make it feel both intentional and easy all at the same time. I love a gallery wall and have them all over my home. I think every room should have art of some kind and something sentimental on display. That’s why I love gallery walls so much– it’s an opportunity to do all of those things.

When I was designing the gallery wall in the living room, I didn’t want something too symmetrical. I wanted it to feel effortless, yet have a nice flow.

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There are many different ways you can go with a gallery wall. You can make it symmetrical, clean, all similar artwork and photos. Or you can make it more relaxed and happenstance– like all of the pieces sort of hopped up on the wall and decided to hang out together.

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I love when gallery walls incorporate a mixture of items. For mine, I selected a few family photos and paired them with this Love You x Forever print, this butterfly print I found on Etsy, some free printables of gems and a flower from this great site, and a painting of my own. I laid everything out on the floor to see how it all went together, then started hanging them up. Starting with the three gem frames and then I just started placing pieces around them to see how they all fit together.

I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting ways to display art and create gallery walls. I’m so fascinated with AS Hanging, an online company that specializes in unique hanging systems. Think rails, cables, pockets, and more. I can see them in so many different places in my home. For you Canadian readers, I’ve found great picture frames at Michaels.

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I particularly love the Casso rail system. I mean, how cute would this be in a hallway or playroom, displaying children’s artwork or family snapshots?

When it comes to deciding how to hang art, my philosophy is to have fun, throw in something unexpected, something sentimental, and let it live in a space for a bit to see how it feels after a day or two. You’ll know when you’ve hit the right note.

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*This post was sponsored by AS Hanging.  Thank you for supporting my sponsors!

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  1. Brandy says:

    LOVE the shoutout to the Canadians! The true north misses out on amazing stuff sometimes, much appreciated.

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