Ready to pull the trigger on some awesome fine art prints for your gallery wall project? First make sure you’ve checked out Part 1 in this series to get in tune with your art style! Today it’s all about the nitty gritty of choosing the perfect art pieces to complete your gallery wall.
I partnered with Minted on this series… and if you know Minted’s art selection you know it’s almost endless! Which is awesome! But potentially overwhelming if you don’t know where to start… luckily the site is so easy to search, and I’m here to give you some style tips 😉 Here are my top 10 tips for staying true to your style & choosing the perfect wall art:
The absolute easiest way to bring together a gallery wall in a cohesive way is color. Pick one color and make sure it’s represented throughout the artwork you choose… it’ll keep the eye moving and keep things cohesive.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed about putting together a whole gallery wall, start at the beginning. Use a piece of art you already own & love as the inspiration & jumping off point for the rest of your choices.
Mix & Match
If you’re going for a casual feeling, mix and match your art. Choose different sized prints (big, medium, small, portrait, landscape, square), and different art formats (paintings, photographs, abstract & geometric).
Want something more formal? Matchy matchy is the way to go. Stick with one format of art (for example, black & white photographs) and one size of frame, hanging your art in a symmetrical arrangement.
Set The Mood
The best way I’ve found to keep your art choices cohesive for a gallery wall: stick to a loose theme even if your art is mismatched. Use one of your mood words from exercise one to guide you, or a theme like nature.
I love love LOVE that Minted let’s you preview exactly how each frame will look with each print. Basically you have two choices when it comes to frames: A) choose a frame to suit each piece of art, or B) choose matching frames for the whole gallery wall. The first will give a more collected aesthetic, the second a more formal feel.
Consider the location in your home before you decide on print sizes. If a piece of furniture will be anchoring the art, that will affect the scale of your gallery wall. Five tiny prints would look wimpy over a sofa, but perfect over a dresser in your bedroom.
Mock It Up
This might be overboard for some of you, but I made a mock up of my gallery wall to help me visualize the end result. I used Photoshop, but you could easily print & cut out some mock ups using basic printer paper. For me this was especially helpful in deciding on an arrangement since I hung mine asymmetrically.
There’s no shame in cheating when they make it so easy… Minted has tons of inspiration, and I promise your friends won’t notice if you shop straight from their selections.
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I used several of these tips to choose my own gallery wall: I went full on mix & match but used a nature theme & common colors to subtly tie my art choices together. Stay tuned for the reveal!