I was so excited to be featured over on the Anthropologie blog earlier this month sharing my tips on how to create the ultimate gallery wall. Covering a big wall space can be pretty intimidating, combining art styles is a tad tricky, and one hundred holes in the wall is no fun. So, let’s break it down!

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1. Decide on your style. Are you Eclectic? Colorful? Architectural? A variety of frames, textures and sizes work well for a lover of eclectic wall art. If you’re looking for something more structured, consistency is key—you’ll want to consider your frame style, color palette, sizing and shapes.

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2. Play with scale. You can achieve a tailored look even when mixing pieces of various sizes and shapes. Try marking out a border on your wall ahead of time with blue tape—this gives even the most varied assortment some structure.

3. Set a clear tone. I like to work within monochromatic color schemes so a single piece doesn’t totally outshine the others.

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4. Give your pieces room to breathe. I usually go for {relatively!} even spacing between each piece—at least 1.5 – 2 inches. This most often requires measuring and marking before you swing the hammer, but the results are worth it!

5. Make it personal {like we did in our Anthropologie inspired wall above—everything doesn’t have to be in a frame!}. Once you’ve settled on your larger framed pieces, don’t be afraid to add things you gather from around your home—cards, kiddie art, even your favorite necklace. These trinkets tell the story of your life.

6. Keep evolving. My favorite thing about gallery walls? They’re so easy to switch up! By adding or subtracting one or two pieces, you can create an entirely new mood.

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There! Doesn’t sound as scary now, does it? Sure it takes a lot of planning, but I guarantee your art looks way better on the walls than stacked on the floor!

Be sure to hop on over to the Anthropologie’s blog if you haven’t checked it out yet. I can’t thank them enough for having me!

image 1 via Design Sponge // 2 via Lonny Magazine // 3 via Lily

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  1. I love monochromatic gallery walls too, but am yet to create one in my own home. 🙂
    Ada

  2. Wonderfully curated post Erin, I cannot wait to get my gallery wall up. It has been a collection in the making for six months now. Loved this inspiration (and you look stunning)!

  3. This is perfect timing for me. I have a wall in my hallway that I having been looking at this way and that way – wishing I had some tips on creating a gallery wall. For whatever reason this is one of the most intimidating tasks for me – finding the balance of looking curated and organic. Your tips fabulous! Thank you!!

  4. This is super helpful! I’m wondering about how far down do you typically start from the ceilings and how far away from the edge of the wall or windows? Our house is an older ranch style home, so the ceilings are lower.