I have a confession. I, Rosemary Hallmark, am afraid of hanging art on my walls.
I know that this seems strange (unless you know about my fear of fish, then maybe not so much in comparison). But seriously, it takes a lot (A LOT) for me to hammer a nail into my walls. And the thought of a gallery wall, with lots of nail holes and a very large margin for error, is especially frightening. But my new apartment had a large, blank wall. And I had piles of framed artwork. It had to be done.
Everyone says that when preparing to create a gallery wall, you first need to lay all your artwork out on the floor and figure out the arrangement. While I’m usually the first person to just rig something up on the fly, this was one situation where I played by the rules. So I came up with three layouts and photographed each one.
Option 1. Please ignore puppy, who believes anything laid on the floor is put there for her to play with.
After much deliberation, I settled on option 3, but chose to replace the silver square canvas with the silver letter ‘R’ from option 4. I was happy with this.
Now, from what I’ve read, the next step in hanging a gallery wall is to make paper cut outs of each of your pieces of artwork and tape them to the wall according to your arrangement. And while I started this project swearing to play by the rules, I lost patience by this point and decided to wing it after all. I printed out the photo of Option 3 and using the middle of my sewing desk/TV stand as a guide, I started with the largest, middle piece. And from there, I just went for it.
And I have to say, it feels good to overcome a fear. 🙂
Buying guide: (from left) Vintage silhouettes, $10/pair, Junk Queen in Conway; Silver “R”, $18, Anthropologie; Broken mirror mosaic, made by a friend; Framed butterflies, $20, Clement; Harry and the Potters poster, danmccarthy.org; Purple poppies on canvas, painted by me; Greta and the Gramophone print, $18, The Black Apple; Small bird on wood, gift from a friend; Morphism print, $17.50, MWilson, in a frame bought at Clement that I painted white.