February 8, 2022

How To Nail Your Next Gallery Wall

FILED IN: DIY, Lifestyle

When I moved in to the new house, my first priority was furniture. I was starting from scratch, and had a lot of rooms to furnish. However once the furniture started coming in, I quickly realized my house didn’t feel like a home— I needed art on the walls to give it a more homey touch. Because I have a long entryway, and a great room (a kitchen, living room, and dining room in one big space), I had so many walls to fill and zero prints to get started.

My first stop was to look at Desenio. I have used them a few times before for prints, and love their wide selection and quality. There truly is something for every one, and every interior style. For my entryway I really wanted to lean into a casual, European vibe so went with prints like lemons, olive branches, palms, and textured paintings. I wanted it to feel like I was on a coastal vacation in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France or the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Desenio had exactly what I was looking for, and I ended up going with 8 prints of varying sizes.

Nailing your gallery wall (pun intended)

Once my prints from Desenio came in, I had to think about how I wanted to configure them on the wall. I wanted to get it right without making 2497927 unnecessary holes in wall. Here’s what I did;

  1. First I messed around with different layouts on photoshop to get an idea of which prints would look best next to each other— but Desenio also has a gallery wall tool to help you with this.
  2. Once I had decided where I wanted each print to be, I got butcher paper and placed each frame (which I also got on Desenio) on the paper. To make sure the prints were symmetrical and even, I measured out the space in between each frame.
  3. Then I traced the frames on the butcher paper and marked where the nail would need to be.
  4. After that, I taped the butcher paper to the wall and nailed in the hole based on where I had marked them.
  5. Lastly, I took the paper off the wall and hung the art.

This made it so much easier to get the gallery wall even and straight without having to spend 3 hours doing so.

I love how my gallery wall turned out— thanks to Desenio.

xx, jordan

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