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How to create a gallery wall in your home

comp:0000525a6176:0000000bd3:37a0 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"> <p class="follow"><a href="http://facebook.com/zillow" target="_blank">Follow Zillow on Facebook</a></p> <p>A gallery wall is a piece of art in itself, explains designer <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/CoCoDesignsPDX-boards/Vancouver-Update/" target="_blank">Lora Coburn</a> of Coco Designs. &#8220;It&#8217;s one showcase of art in a space.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_136875" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 346px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-living-rooms-5223990978/"><img class=" wp-image-136875 " alt="This collection of black and white art is a stunning installation by Jolly Home. " src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/black-and-white-cac064.jpg" width="336" height="442"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">This collection of black-and-white art is a stunning installation by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Jolly-Home-boards/">Jolly Home</a>.</p></div> <p>The trick to a successful gallery wall — a wall holding an assortment of framed art, mirrors and even trinkets — is to approach it organically, Coburn says. Designer Kim Lemmon of <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Green-Room-Interiors-boards/" target="_blank">The Green Room Interiors</a> agrees.</p> <p>&#8220;You want it to look like it was added over time, and that’s part of the charm of it,&#8221; Lemmon said.</p> <p>Here are a few of their tips for creating a stunning gallery wall in your home.</p> <h3>Find the ideal location</h3> <p>Both designers emphasize that a gallery wall can go anywhere: a kitchen, living room, even a bathroom.</p> <div id="attachment_136871" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 368px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-powder-rooms-1853593179/"><img class=" wp-image-136871 " alt="An eclectic gallery wall is a great accent in a powder room. " src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/powder-oom-f33f4b.jpg" width="358" height="538"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">An eclectic gallery wall is a great accent in a powder room.</p></div> <p>When you&#8217;re canvasing your home for the perfect spot, take note of wall spaces that aren&#8217;t already too cluttered. If you have a large wall, play around with extending a gallery from the ceiling to the floor, or try grouping paintings over a couch.</p> <h3>Start with what you have</h3> <p>When Coburn begins creating a gallery wall in a client&#8217;s home, she first does a sweep throughout the house, picking out things that catch her eye and small pieces that don&#8217;t necessarily fit where they are currently.</p> <p>&#8220;If it’s out, chances are that they like it,&#8221; she explained. &#8220;After that, I usually find some really big pieces you build off of. I’m a firm believer that it doesn&#8217;t have to be artwork or photos. I also look for mirrors, little trinkets or knickknacks or ceramic trivets.&#8221;</p> <p>Once she has an assortment of items, Coburn lays out what she has and tries to see what&#8217;s missing.</p> <p>&#8220;The whole point is to keep it really organic — a big one, a few medium, some small ones,&#8221; she said. &#8220;Depending on the wall size, you&#8217;re definitely going to have at least one big piece. A bigger wall, you may not want just one [large] piece.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_136869" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 563px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/eclectic-living-rooms-1833493358/"><img class=" wp-image-136869 " alt="Lora Coburn added this gallery wall of framed comic book art to a client's game room. " src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/IS-19a759qeyqct9-420e8d.jpg" width="553" height="364"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Lora Coburn added this gallery wall of framed comic book art to a client&#8217;s game room.</p></div> <p>In one client&#8217;s home, Coburn framed her client&#8217;s favorite comic book covers to create a dynamic and highly personalized wall in the game room.</p> <h3>Be patient</h3> <p>Once you&#8217;ve gathered all the pieces, don&#8217;t rush in putting together your wall, especially if you feel like you&#8217;re forcing an item to fit in with your other art.</p> <p>&#8220;People get in a hurry because they have the space, but I say start small and start in the middle. Keep adding to it if you find things that you really love,&#8221; Lemmon said. &#8220;If you wait and find things that you really love it will work together.&#8221;</p> <p>In Lemmon&#8217;s home, she combined three oval mirrors that were a gift from a friend, posters, framed art and other pieces she loved.</p> <div id="attachment_136872" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 570px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-living-rooms-5140503283/"><img class=" wp-image-136872 " alt="Lemmon's gallery wall features items she's gathered over the years. " src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/lemmon-gallery-wall-1ade83.jpg" width="560" height="426"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Lemmon&#8217;sgallery wall features items she&#8217;s gathered over the years.</p></div> <p>&#8220;I do try to keep the color scheme in mind, but I don’t limit myself,&#8221; she explained.</p> <p>Take note of the pieces of art you like, and when you are building your wall, find common colors and themes throughout.</p> <h3>Pay attention to sizes and shapes</h3> <p>Shapes are definitely something to keep in mind, says Lemmon.</p> <p>&#8220;You want to balance the larger pieces throughout so you don&#8217;t just have one large piece on the left and all the smaller pieces on the right,&#8221; she said. &#8220;Think of the big ones first so they&#8217;re distributed.&#8221;</p> <p>Small pieces are actually ideal for a gallery wall: They&#8217;re pieces that don&#8217;t belong anywhere else but can be added to the installation, Coburn says.</p> <p>&#8220;I have a gallery wall in my home, and I have a starfish ornament that just doesn&#8217;t go anywhere else, but it sits on top of a frame on my gallery wall,&#8221; she explained.</p> <p>If you have a more limited space, perhaps above a piece of furniture, try similar or identical frames to create a more cohesive look.</p> <div id="attachment_136870" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 563px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-living-rooms-5007695785/"><img class=" wp-image-136870 " alt="A smaller area for a gallery wall is idea for a similar grouping of frames and art. " src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/frames-over-cabinet-b78a90.jpg" width="553" height="399"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A smaller area is ideal for a similar grouping of frames and art, as shown in this design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/ccsarchitecture-boards/" target="_blank">CCS Architecture</a>.</p></div> <h3>Lay it out first</h3> <p>Both Coburn and Lemmon agree that laying your collection out before hanging it on the wall is the best tactic.</p> <p>Measure the dimensions of the wall and mark those dimensions on the floor, advises Lemmon. From there it&#8217;s a matter of playing around until it feels right.</p> <p>&#8220;I suggest, look at it, walk away, come back to it a few hours later. Maybe wait a day before you come back [to it]&#8221; Coburn said.</p> <p>Take a photo of the final design you like; it will serve as a great reference as you hang each piece.</p> <h3>Hang it up</h3> <p>While you can hang your gallery wall with nails and a hammer, Coburn has used industrial-strength Velcro in the past to create gallery walls with an underlying grid.</p> <p>&#8220;It comes in a row, and you can snip it to any size you want,&#8221; she said. &#8220;One side gets attached to the wall, and then the other attaches to whatever you’re hanging. It gives you a little give, if you’re off by a quarter of the inch.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_136874" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 349px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-hallways-1838538150/"><img class=" wp-image-136874 " alt="A varied gallery of mirrors is a great addition to this entry way design by bright designlab interior design." src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/mirrors-89ed89.jpg" width="339" height="538"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A gallery of mirrors is a great addition to this entryway design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/brightdesignlab-boards/">bright designlab interior design</a>.</p></div> <p>If you decide to go with a more eclectic gallery wall, don&#8217;t worry too much about spacing between the pieces.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s just added charm,&#8221; Lemmon said.</p> <p><strong>Related: </strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-10-08/how-to-choose-a-kitchen-backsplash/">How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-09-17/6-ways-to-add-chalkboard-paint-to-the-home/">6 Ways to Add Chalkboard Paint to the Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-10-03/kitchen-face-lifts-for-all-budgets/">Kitchen Facelifts for Every Budget</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/103345847783680122751/posts?rel=author" target="_blank"><i>Erika Riggs</i></a><i>, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work </i><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/author/erikariggs/" target="_blank"><i>here</i></a><i>.</i></p> </div>
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