18 January 2022
Create a gallery wall in six easy steps
A gallery wall is an excellent way of updating your home and transforming those empty spaces. But, most importantly, it's an easy way of bringing character and personality into your home. It really allows us to show who we are and what we love.
Getting started with a project like this can be a little daunting. So, we enlisted the help of interior, fashion and product stylist Harriet Langsbury (https://www.instagram.com/harrietlangsburystylist), who has a few simple steps to lead you through the process!
Step one - Choose your photos
Getting the photo selection right is essential, whether you have a theme in mind, or just choosing your favourite images. Either way, you want a gallery wall to showcase your personality and bring character into your home.
Use a selection of different sizes and ratios, as you don’t want the gallery wall to feel too uniform – both portrait and landscape images work well.
To get started, head to the myFUJIFILM online print store (https://myfujifilm.co.uk) to print your favourite images. You can even print photos straight from your phone or social media accounts!
TIP: Bring some colour into the room by choosing images that feature a complementing colour palette or keep it understated and classy by sticking to black & white photos.
Step two - Frame your photos
Take care when framing each photo. It may seem trivial, but creating a perfect gallery wall is all in the details. Check out my other post, how to frame your images (LINK TO OTHER ARTICLE) for more details.
TIP: Try complementing your photos by using matching or contrasting frames. This will bring some cohesion into the composition and tie all the images together.
Step three - Decide on your composition
It can be difficult choosing where you want each image to go. To help visualise the composition before hanging everything on the wall, place each frame on the floor and play around with the layout.
Always start with one focal point – this is usually your largest image. Then build all the smaller images around that, as this helps bring everything together and creates the idea of one overall piece.
TIP: To help remember your chosen layout, take a quick photo on your phone to refer back to.
Step four – Create and cut out templates of each frame
Use some paper to make templates of each one of your frames – leftover wrapping paper works well. You can use these templates to help decide where to hang your gallery. Also, these templates are so useful for catching any mistakes before you start making holes! You can also reuse the paper templates once you are done with them.
Step five – Tape your templates to the wall
Once you have decided where to hang your gallery, go ahead and tape your templates to the wall. Use masking tape for this, as it won’t mark the paintwork.
Be sure to take a step back to visualise the composition and make any changes before you start hanging your frames.
Once happy with the position, check you’ve got the spacing right – leave around 2-3cm space between each frame. This is enough space so you can create one big focal point, without them seeming too close together.
Step six – Add frames to the wall
Take down your templates and add frames one at a time. This way you can make sure to get the position of each one just right. To get each frame in the right place, refer back to the image you took on your phone.
TIP: Use temporary hooks to hang up your frames – they hold light frames well and are so easy to remove.
The final thing you need to do is stand back and appreciate your hard work and creativity!
We are looking forward to seeing how you put your spin on the classic gallery wall with your own photo prints. Don’t forget to tag us at @fujifilmuk when you share your creations!