I’m a big advocate for printing your pictures and not just letting them live in your computer or phone. A few weeks ago I had an idea for a black and white gallery wall for this large blank wall near our fireplace – the blank wall was driving me nuts! I love the look a grid style gallery wall and this seemed to be the perfect wall for a gallery wall so I had some photos printed and went from there.
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Grid Style Gallery Wall Tutorial
I had nine 11×14 prints printed from Mpix.com (my favorite photo printing service) and framed them in these 16×20 frames with 11×14 mats. I recommend using frames that are at least 11×14. Otherwise, the frames will look too small for the wall. If you are considering a smaller scale gallery wall, like above a table or a bench, then you may want to use smaller frames like an 8×10 or 8×8.
The tricky part about a grid style gallery wall is getting the frames levels and evenly spaced.
My trick for getting the frames level isn’t much of a trick but it does require a super handy tool: a laser level. You can see in the image above, this level suctions to the wall and you can rotate it to get that perfectly straight line.
I started with the middle top frame – I measured the wall – found the center and that’s where placed the first nail. For the height, I determined the best aesthetic was to have the frames be level with the opening to the left of the wall.
Side note – can you see the mat on the top right picture is like an off-white color? It’s driving me nuts – I got all of the frames at the same place but obviously, one of these things is not like the other! I have to swap it out.
After the first nail was in – I used the laser level to get a nice straight line across the wall – then measured 17 inches from the nail on both sides – that’s where the other two nails went. I did this on all three rows, started with the center frame, then did the two outer ones. This created a perfectly straight grid style gallery wall.
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I went around the perimeter of the gallery wall with my level to ensure everything was nice and straight. To keep everything perfectly straight you can use these around the corners of the frames so prevent any movement if say you’re one year old was to bump them 😉
This gallery wall is one of those transformational projects that takes little effort but has HUGE rewards. If you have a blank wall – consider trying a grid style gallery wall. It’s a great way to hang and display your photos while also adding visual interest to an otherwise blank space.