All over the internet (especially Pinterest and Instagram) you’ll find bloggers and interior designers talking about the gallery wall. And for good reason. They are a fantastic way to fill a wall and freshen up your space, on a budget. I’ve created this gorgeous pack of eight, high resolution, 8×10 digital prints that have been bundled up and are ready for download today. You can print them much smaller or as big as 16x20in, too!
Whether you opt for lots of larger frames to make a big statement, or just a cluster of little frames in a smaller space – creating a gallery wall is a way to elevate the style in your home, instantly. It’s also an affordable option if you arrange to have the prints printed to photo paper at a local print shop and pop them into some Ikea frames – or better yet, if you have a good quality printer you can even print them yourself.
What You’ll Need to Create your Gallery Wall
• Ready-to-print, high resolution artwork images – instructions to download at the bottom of this post
• Frames – in your colours and sizes of choosing, pictured above can be found via Ikea
• Brown paper
• A pen/pencil for tracing your frames onto the brown paper
• Scissors & masking tape
• A level
• A ruler or measuring tape
• Adhesive picture hooks, a hammer and nails or other picture hangers of your choosing.
Finding your Frames
I always recommend starting with this part first when planning out your gallery wall. You can go for the clean, modern and minimalistic ‘all-frames-the-same-size’ approach (pictured above), or – you can opt for a combination of different sizes and orientations (a gorgeous example of this is pictured below). Once you find and purchase your frames, you can edit and crop your digital images to suit the sizes and orientations afterwards.
Example of gallery wall with different orientations and frame colours (Source: Adairs)
Mapping out your Gallery Wall
Once you’ve got your frames you can then begin mapping out your arrangement design. There are some great pre-made templates on Pinterest if you are looking for some extra inspiration. Another great idea is use some brown paper to mock up the design on your wall. Simply trace around all your frames onto the brown paper, cut the shapes out, and use the masking tape to stick the brown paper shapes to the wall. This way, you can keep moving around the brown paper until you are happy with the layout – and be sure to use a level and measuring tape to create a straight design, with even spaces between the proposed spots for your artwork.
Helpful gallery wall arrangement advice (Source: Simplified Bee)
Printing your Artwork and Installing your new Gallery Wall
Finally, you’re ready to start either adhering, nailing or screwing your hooks to the wall. This is the exciting part – where everything begins to come together. You’ll also need to arrange to have your art prints printed. You can arrange to have the art prints printed with the highest quality materials by opting in for Giclée prints on fine art paper. You could also arrange to have the prints printed to canvas – which looks absolutely gorgeous when finished. If you are creating your gallery wall on a budget, I recommend printing your digital art just as you would print your digital photos – onto photo paper! The finish is of a surprisingly good quality for an art reproduction, and they look great in a frame.
Another handy hint – if you’d like to tone down the colour for a more minimalistic look, simply open the art files in your favorite photo editor, and reduce the saturation down about 25 to 50%.
Place your gorgeous art prints into their frames, and pop the frames onto the new hooks in your wall. If you used the brown paper as a guide to get your frames in the right place, you can now remove the paper, take a step back and aand bask in a job well done.
Free Art Downloads
These eight printables are my best selling 8×10’s of last year, and as a very special reader of this blog I’ve decided to bundle them up and give them away to you for free! Scroll down to take a look at each free printable in detail, and the download instructions can be found at the bottom of the post.
Download your free art printables
Have you either created, or are planning to create your very own gallery wall? I’m keen to hear any tips, experiences or ideas you have!