It’s amazing what a difference art makes. To me, a room doesn’t feel finished until art is hanging on the walls.
My living room may not actually be finished—especially if I proceed with my plans to buy all new living room furniture—but my gallery wall is up and I am very excited about it.
I now have beautiful things to look at when I compose posts at my kitchen table.
I was a little more strategic in hanging the art than I typically am. My usual style is to grab a hammer and some nails and go to town. Since I had seven very different pieces of art for a small wall, I actually did some planning.
1. Find the Right Layout
I started by laying all the art on the rug. I spent 30 minutes or so moving things around until I found a layout I liked. A piece of advice: don’t get stuck on the pieces you planned on putting on the wall. I pulled two pieces from the mix because I just couldn’t get them to work, and dug the giraffe tapestry out of storage because I needed something a little softer.
2. Create Templates and Tape Them to the Wall
Next, I traced every piece on to newspaper and cut the shape out. I taped them to the wall to make sure I still likely the arrangement, and also to confirm that it actually fit the wall way I was planning on it fitting. Fortunately it did.
The other benefit of doing this—aside from confirming that your plan will actually work—is that it makes it super easy to hang the art. All you have to do is put a nail through the newsprint and then tear the newsprint down. The key is obviously making sure you mark the location of the hanger so you know where to place a nail.
3. Hang Art
No explanation needed.
I'll pull together sources next week, but in the meantime, is anyone else hanging art right now? Anyone planning an art wall? Do you have a theme or are you going for a mish-mash like I did?