It's been two weeks and after a lot of flat hunting, we have finally found and moved in to a place of our own! For a while there I wasn't sure if our living situation in London would meet the same fate as Harry Potter's - a la under the staircase - as that's all we seemed to afford. But as luck and timing would have it (forget luck actually, the rental market is all about timing), I found an adorable place nearish to school and nearer to the fabulous Marylebone High Street. So in we moved. The place came fully furnished which was a huge win for us, but the walls were bare and just begging me to adorn them something beautiful. Being the nester that I am, it didn't take long for inspiration to hit. Gallery walls are a brilliant way of personalizing your home without breaking the bank - as well as they allow you to display the art that you may have collected over the years without regard to whether they "match" the rest of your decor. So after a fruitful trip to a local art market in town and a rummage through the items we managed to bring from Boston, I had created the below piece de resistance:
1. Collect anywhere from 3-10 pieces of art (could be more depending on the sizes of your frames and the wall space) and lay them out on your floor.
2. Decide on a type of arrangement. You can have pieces of all shapes and sizes, but in order to make the gallery look cohesive you need to ensure there is some structure or focal point to the collection. Here you have a number of options - you can create boundaries for your gallery wall as I did - notice that the entire collection together makes a large rectangular shape? Or you can create a reference line - this is an invisible horizontal or vertical line that you use to split the arrangement of your artwork (see below for a visual). Whatever you decide, it is also important to maintain roughly equal amounts of white space in between each piece, as this will also create a harmonious overall gallery even if it isn't symmetrical.
4. Using a measuring tape, measure the entire length and height of the gallery by measuring from the left-most piece to the right-most across, and the highest piece to the lowest.
5. Take a pencil and mark the length and height of the gallery on your wall (just a small pencil mark in each place will do).
6. This step is personal preference: you can arrange your gallery either by starting from the center-most piece and working out, or by picking bottom corner and working across and then up. I chose the latter only because I knew I wanted the gallery to frame our couch evenly, so I hung the Texas sign first and then worked my way over and up.
7. Hang your pictures! For those of you who own your house, feel free to use a hammer and nails. As a renter I find this option to be very risky, so I chose to use these magical wall-hanging stickies from 3M. They are seriously amazing and do not remove the paint from your walls, so when we move out it will be super easy to take our art with us without the risk of losing our security deposit.
8. Step back and admire your handiwork! Now that was easy. :)