After we knocked out the wall between the kitchen and living room, I knew I wanted to create a gallery wall. My only concern was how to make it look clean and flow with the two rooms. I hated the idea of colors clashing... so I decided on making all of the images black and white. I'm honestly not a big fan of black and white, but now that I have them up I love the timeless and cohesive look.
This wall that gets so much love on Instagram has been something I’ve been dreaming up for years. It wasn't until I came across these frames by accident on Pinterest that I decided to pull the trigger on this project! Frameiteasy.com has easily become my newest obsession.
Here are the exact frames, size and selections I chose.
STEPS TO THE PERFECT GALLERY WALL
First you will want to measure the entire wall/space it will be going on. You will want to make sure that it is centered left and right and top and bottom. For our wall, we had a molding we were measuring and wanting the gallery wall to be centered in. Once I took the measurements, I determined if I wanted all of the photos to be horizontal or vertical. I opted for vertical to fit 4 vs. 3 images across. I thought it might also feel a little cramped otherwise. When measuring, remember you need to also include the space you need to allow between each frame. My rule of thumb is 1.5-2 inches between the frame next and below it. If they are spread too far a part they feel like individual images on a wall instead of one entity. Once I figured out how big my wall was, I decided how many photos I wanted on the wall. Example (8) so I sat down and did the math to figure out how big the frames needed to be and still look proportional to the wall. I came up with 12x16.
When hanging the frames this can be tricky, so I have designed a layout to better explain it. There is a lot of math involved so bare with me. Once you have the size of your frames, and the total measurement of the wall you are putting it on you will want to sketch out a layout on paper similar to the one in this mock up.
1. You will need to figure out how many inches you need to go from the left of the wall in - mine was 15.75 inches. To get this number you will need to take the width of the frame x the number of frames example: 12 inches x 4 frames = 48 inches. You will then then to take the space between each frame x how many spaces. 1.5 inches x 3 spaces = 4.5 inches. The total inches of frames + spaces = 52.5 inches. Next take the total width of the wall - the frames + spaces. Example 84 inches - 52.5 = 31.5 you will split that number in 2 and that will give you the inches you will need to leave space for on the outside of the gallery wall.
2. Next you will need to figure out how many inches you will need for the top and bottom of the gallery wall. Mine was 13.25 inch. To get this number you will need to take the height of the frame x the number of frames example: 16 inches x 2 frames = 32 inches. You will then then to take the space between each frame x how many spaces. 1.5 inches x 1 space = 1.5 inches. The total inches of frames + spaces = 33.5 inches. Next take the total height of the wall - the frames + spaces. Example 60 inches - 33.5 = 26.5 you will split that number in 2 and that will give you the inches you will need to leave space for on the top and bottom of the gallery wall.
3. Now that you have the measurements let's hang them! For simplicity sake I am going to use my measurements. I always like to use a yard stick when hanging photos its easier than a tape measure as it lays flat on the wall. First I measured down from the top of the molding to 13.25 inches and put a pencil mark to mark my spot. Next you will want to measure on the left side. I then measured to 15.75 inches. Once those measurements lined up - that just means that is the outside of the frame but to hang it, your nail will need to go in the middle of the frame. So from that point you will measure 1/2 of the frame, for me that was 6 inches and then place the nail for your first frame. From that nail, I added 6 inches, (which is the other half of the frame) + 1.5 for the space, + 6 inches (first 1/2 of the 2nd frame) and placed my nail. This nail will hang the second frame I kept doing this 2 more times. Below is a visual that may make it easier.
4. To do the bottom row, I hung the top row up, measured from the bottom of the frame down 1.5 inches + the thickness of the frame and that would give you the top measurement of where to hang your nail. You will do the method I showed earlier to hang the following frames.
- Measure your space first before choosing your frame size.
- Use a yard stick when measuring during the hanging process.
- Layout your frames on the floor before hanging them.
- Do not space your frames too far a part. I try to stay 1.5-2 inches a part.
Frames + Photo Printing: Frameiteasy.com