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Creating a picture frame gallery wall

There are few creative undertakings more challenging and gratifying than creating your own gallery wall. Perhaps you have a large wall space in your home that you would like to decorate beyond the simplicity of a single artwork - then you should consider the broad aethetic expression that a gallery wall would give.

Gallery walls give the opportunity to contrast different colours and artistic themes or allow a resounding idea to resonate through a space in a powerful statement of unity. Stylistically many different taxonomies can be considered in grouping artworks to create a gallery wall most notably by colour of frame (all white frames), colour of artwork (think all black and white photographs or peach hues), size of matboard, colour of matboard, theme of artwork, style of artwork: the possibilities are endless.

In the emerging Scandanavian tradition, one could throw together a broad array of different styles, colours, sizes and themes to create a look that speaks to multiple pieces each competing for attention, with different observers taking away different perspectives on the gallery wall. This is perhaps my favourite way of filling a space, with each piece's inclusion emanating from its own merits as opposed to be included purely because it matches a style, or for some arbitrary aesthetic. However this is merely a matter of opinion, with some being drawn to this aesthetic, whilst others may shy away from such eccentricities.

Once you've decided on your theme, one can decide on the wall layout. In this respect, the options are vast and one can often be struck into stasis at the sheer number of ways one could arrange the gallery wall. To make things easier, I find it best to first consider how the professions have arranged their walls: Pinterest is perhaps the best place to find such inspiration. Alternatively one can use gallery wall templates, and choose one which you find appealing, and from there, nothing is stopping you from deviating from the template as you see fit.

Personally I like to take a photograph of the space I then digitally place different framed artworks in the photo to see how they would look in the space; there are several apps which are made for this purpose.

Also don't be afraid to lean a frame on the floor or on a ledge of some sort as opposed to hanging every piece, especially large portrait pieces which are more than 1.5m in height. Adding a large piece or standing mirror to lean against a wall can really make a statement that goes beyond the mundane template gallery wall.

Here at Frames Online we can make all manner of custom sized frames, in a wide array of different specs, with different sized matboards and different colours, perfect to create the gallery wall of your dreams

We can also make frames with disproportionately sized matboards, a look that has become increasingly popular in gallery walls - check out our elongated picture frame and our offset picture frame.

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