How NOT to Create a Gallery Wall

Not only do gallery walls can look amazing! However, they can sometimes go a bit wrong.....

Check out the 3 biggest gallery wall design mistakes! 


Artwork and frames is too small:

Yes we know when you’re strolling round Ikea, the little box frames for a few dollars and think that they would be a cost effective way of creating a gallery wall but no, it’s cheap yes but not a good look. These are box frames, they are most suitable for craft type projects where you put objects or materials inside the box.


The wall or space itself too cluttered with furniture or other objects:

The gallery wall is supposed to be a striking showpiece of the space and having too much going on will not only take the attention away from the display, but also will create a “Higgledy-piggledy" look which is the most common pitfall of a gallery wall. 


The spacing of the frames is wrong:

Depending on the artwork and gallery wall grids can sometimes work well when the frames are dangerously close, like almost touching! However, it is quite difficult to pull off and can easily look too “try hard” or just plain messy, again the exact opposite of the look the gallery wall grid is supposed to create. Just as bad is spacing out the frames too far. If you have more space than pleasing to the eye then the gallery wall grid will look amateur. We recommend a space of 1 or 2 inches however it depends on the wall space, the artwork and the types and sizes of frames. We suggest that you start creating the gallery wall grid and if it looks too spaced out or not spaced out enough then adjust! Before drilling in all the holes, start by hanging a few frames, stand back and judge for yourself if the spacing is right. 

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