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Create a Gallery Wall That Wows with This Tip

A home gallery wall featuring LP records, a butterfly, and florals in a living room.
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If you’ve been thinking about changing up your home this year, gallery walls are the latest craze. Creating these collages of photos, materials, and frames can be tricky, but one key element can really help you out.

You likely want your gallery wall to be the main feature of the room, but the wall itself should also have a focal point. When hanging art, it’s an oft-cited rule to do so at eye level. With a gallery wall, though, you obviously can’t do that with every piece.

Instead, use the eye-level rule to create your wall’s focal point. Most of the time, you’ll use your largest item. However, if you have a 3D piece of art or another piece that you love, hang it in the center of your layout at eye level.

Rasheeda Gray, owner of Gray Space Interiors, told My Domaine that hanging the focal point first works best. Then, you can build out via height and width.

The ability to expand a gallery wall is actually part of the reason they’re so popular.

“For families with kids, this could help bring some fun to the walls,” Sheyna Vilson, owner of Sheyna James Interiors, told My Domaine, “and encourage their kids to hang art on the wall instead of write on them.”

So, if you’ve got some kiddos who are burgeoning artists (or if you’re one yourself), find that focal point first. Then, you can start building out your gallery wall to your heart’s content.

For more tips on gallery walls and interior design, head over to My Domaine.

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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