If there is one thing I love most about having my own space it's definitely decorating!
...and If there is one thing i despise, it's looking at a blank wall. ugh. so un-inspiring! Whenever i visit an office or space with no art I always try to leave my card behind. Art uplifts us and can help to set an intentional mood for an environment.
Are you sick of your blank wall? Get ready to get creative with me! Today I'm sharing my tips for picking an eclectic assortment of items and hanging them up as a mini gallery wall no matter what space you have.
Ok so here my five tips!
Short on wall space? The first tip #1 is to start with small art. This could be postcards from travels, photos, small art, pressed flowers or a vintage frame. i have seen gallery shows dedicated specifically to small art. You can also try searching on Etsy or in the Ladyfolk Shop under "small art."
Tip #2 is to have an assortment or collection of items to choose from. Try out different frames, styles of art, shapes and sizes to really mix it up. This can be something fun to think about if you are not already an art collector. When you hear "art collector" you might think of stuffy old man in a suit with money but oh how stereotypes can mislead us! You don't have to be a millionaire to purchase art. Which brings us to...
Tip #3 is to purchase art from friends, local artists/students, or on Etsy. There is endless price ranges and subject matter depending on where you search. Keep your eye out, you might find something at a local pop-up shop or market like Bloom (which is tomorrow in Costa Mesa FYI). You can also check out a preview of small art and vintage frames currently available for purchase in my online shop below...
The next tip #4 is to think outside the art "box." You could easily have a variety of items around your home to frame. Postcards from travels? Handwritten notes? A leaf from the front yard? The front of a card you received? Get creative with items you hold onto which might not be displayed currently.
Tip #5 is to create a harmonious color palette. I usually go monochromatic or pick 3 to 4 colors. You will see at the end of this post what I ended up going with.
My Easy Step-by-Step for Hanging your Eclectic Gallery Wall
Measure the height and of the wall space you will be using.
Layout your art on the floor to fit inside this measurement. I used a piece of fabric to block out my allotted space and tried several arrangements.
Pick a focal point piece to arrange the smaller art around, mine was the seashell mirror.
One-by-one take your art from the floor to the wall. Start from the center focal point piece you picked out and measure out equal spacing horizontally as you hang each piece. All my spacing between art ended up measuring two inches.
Mark your spot for the nail with a pencil while visually placing your art before screwing in the nail. It might be helpful to have a friend help at this point.
Place the art you just made a pencil mark for aside, and screw in your nail to the wall.
Hang the piece, check with a level and repeat steps 1 through 6 for the rest of your art!
Ta-da! I hope this inspired you to create your own mini gallery wall!
You can see the assortment i chose is a mix of different styles, frames and items including a taxidermy of a moth from South Africa! By using a rose gold frame, a white frame and a piece with red/gold on each side of the mirror helped to balance the composition visually. You will notice a harmonious color theme i intentionally set with similar rose, green, red and gold tones. This will probably all switch up next month. Keeping the frames consistent and switching out the art inside of them is an easy way to mix it up monthly or seasonally.
Please share how you find art or create your own inspiring space in the comments!