I've been trying to finish this project for months...but to be honest I was a little intimidated by the whole I want everything to be hung/spaced perfectly. So I was always afraid to commit.
But this weekend, while it was pouring out, Ryan and I got to work. It was actually a whole lot easier than I had anticipated...and I'm obsessed with how it looks!
PS--you'll notice there are no pictures in the frames yet :) It's hard to narrow down all of your favorite pictures to just 10-15...but I'm having them printed this week!
Here are my tips on how to hang a gallery:
STEP 1: Lay out the frames on the floor exactly how you'll want them to appear. Try different arrangements until it looks even--but not overly perfect. I think the best thing about a wall gallery is the variety and randomness of it. Make sure you space them how you'd like on the wall too.
STEP 2: Cut out templates for each frame. I cut mine from craft paper. This will allow you to figure out spacing.
STEP 4: Then I measured the entire width of the wall (A) and the wall gallery on the floor, from end to end (B). Then I calculated A - B / 2 to determine how much space I should leave empty on either side of the gallery. I hung painters tape (and made sure it was level) based on the calculation above to make sure there was enough space on either side. I didn't want the gallery going the entire length of the wall--since I wanted enough white space to make it still feel simple and airy.
STEP 8: Hammer nail on mark
I think it turned out fantastic! I made sure to get an eclectic assortment of frames. The top left gold gilded mirror & all the gold and white frames are from thrift stores (I might paint the white frames' mats a charcoal color), the black frames are from Michaels--including the fun oval frame...the silver frame in the top right is my own...and I threw in a shadow box on the bottom row for some intrigue.
I was a hanging fool...(seriously wait until you see more pics this week) so I decided to hang these great gold frames that were Ryan's grandparents.