12 Tips to Create a Perfect Gallery Wall

12 Tips to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall | Pretty Handy Girl

When you Don’t Love It, a room in your home can become a place to avoid. Last week I hung our TV on the wall in our living room, but was cringing because that big fat TV was screaming “Look at me! Look at me!” It was killing the cozy vibe I wanted to create in our room. This is the place that my family likes to chillax. It’s the room where wrestling matches happen and the room where we curl up by the fire. We watch movies and sports in this spot.  But, frankly, I didn’t love it. When I looked in the living room all I could see was a giant black elephant in the room.

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I agreed to let Pretty Handsome Guy pick out a big flat screen TV. But, I secretly devised a plan to keep me happy and let Handsome Guy have his big honkin’ TV.

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I Created a Perfect Gallery Wall around the TV to de-emphasize its size and dominance in the room.

{This post is sponsored by Build.com and will help you create your own perfect gallery wall that will result in your own #LoveItMoment, too!
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15 Tips for Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall:

#1 Start with a Level Line

Determine the area you want to install your gallery wall. Measure down from your crown molding or ceiling to the top of the gallery area.

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Insert a thumbtack or pin at that height. Run a piece of string from the thumbtack along the width of your gallery wall space. (It helps to have a friend hold the free end of the string, but you can use a piece of painter’s tape to hold it temporarily.)

Level the string and secure the opposite end with a thumbtack.

Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall | Pretty Handy Girl

Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall | Pretty Handy Girl


#2 Create Paper Templates

Pull together all your frames and art. Create a paper template for each object. (Craft paper, butcher block paper or old dot matrix printer paper works perfect for this task.)

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Use painter’s tape to secure the templates to the wall. Step back and look at the wall from across the room. Take a picture of the wall with your mobile device and look at the picture to see if you see any issues. Or face away from the wall and look at it in the mirror to look at the arrangement from another angle. Play with the templates until you Love It! I will be honest with you, this process takes a while. In the long run, you’ll love your gallery wall if you live with the arrangement for a few days before the final installation.

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#3 Pick a Color Palette

Choosing a color palette of 2-3 colors will help you create a cohesive look and make it easy to create a visually pleasing gallery wall. The easiest palette to work with is black and white, because you can use black, white and a variety of grays.

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You can also add a bold color to the mix and know that everything works with black and white!

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#4 Use a Variety of Shapes and Sizes

For more visual interest, use a variety of shapes and sizes. Gallery walls that use the same frame for the entire collection can look stunning and orderly. But, for a more organic and eclectic gallery wall, feel free to play with many shapes and sizes. Your color palette of 2-3 colors will keep it looking unified.

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#5 Balance Larger and Smaller Objects

When working with several shapes and sizes, it’s important to balance your arrangement. Space larger items away from each other and preferably on opposite sides. Pay attention to collections of smaller objects as well. Your wall would look unbalanced if all the large objects were on one side and all the small art on the other.

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While spacing the object templates, use the trick in #2 by taking a photo or using a mirror while playing with placement.


#6 Use Consistent Spacing and Align Edges

Use consistent spacing between your art. Smaller collections can visually work as one large object if you space them closer together. But, use a larger space outside the collection that equal to the rest. Try to align horizontal or vertical edges with adjacent art. They don’t have to be hung in a uniform grid, but creating a shared horizontal or vertical line can help create a pleasing installation.

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#7 Group Like Objects

As mentioned in #6, you can group smaller objects together to fill a larger space. Use objects of the same color, material or shape together as a collection.

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#8 Mix Textures

For lots of visual interest, introduce several different materials and textures into your gallery wall. Break up black frames with wooden art, metal signs and even natural elements like feathers, branches, found objects, etc. The sky wall is the limit (ha, ha). Have fun using your imagination.

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#9 Use Good Wall Anchors, Hangers, and Bumpers

While hanging artwork, be sure to use picture hangers or anchors strong enough to hold your artwork. Build.com has a fantastic video showing different anchors and how much weight they each hold. It’s so important to use a hanging hook or anchor that is designed to hold more than your art weighs. Watch the video on “Testing Drywall Anchors” to see why this is so important:


Way to go Build.com for performing this test!


#10 Mark Hanging Hardware on Templates

This trick will save you time and save your walls from turning into swiss cheese! Set your template on the back of your art (the back side should be up) and poke a hole with a pencil where the hanging hooks, holes or wires are. Hang your template back on the wall.

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#11 Hanging Your Art Perfectly

Ready to hang your art perfectly the first time? Grab your picture hanging hardware, nails and a hammer.

Make sure that each template is level. For art that has visible holes, line up the art on top of the template. Hammer the nail or hook through the hole.

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Then simply pull and rip the template off the wall from beneath the art.

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For hanging hardware that is hidden. Hammer your picture hardware through the template lining up the hook or nail with the hole you poked through in tip #10.

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Tear the template off after you have your hangers installed. Hang your art on the hooks perfectly the first time!

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#12 Make it Personal

Make your gallery wall a reflection of you! Use vacation photos, messages and art that has meaning to you and your family.

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Have a lack of wall decor? Need some good filler art items for your gallery wall? Build.com is sure to have what you need! I’ve created a gallery collage for you to get started:

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Click here to view these gorgeous home decor finds.

I’m still basking in my #LoveItMoment every time I walk into our living room.

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I’ll be back soon with that tutorial on replacing your ceiling light fixtures!  In the meantime, want some help with your next DIY project? Visit the Build.com Learning Center, check out their helpful YouTube videos, or speak to an expert that can help you get started on a project you may be too nervous to begin or to help you finish a project you are currently working on.

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Summer Spectacular Spray Dyed Shirts over at Beneath My Heart

Hello from the hot, humid and sweltering temperatures of North Carolina! Are you tearing your hair out yet because the kids are home for the summer and driving you nuts?

Today I’m chillin’ over at Beneath My Heart with a fun and colorful activity you can do with the kids. Head over and learn how to Spray Dye T-shirt with painter’s tape and RIT dye.

Need more ideas to keep your kids busy? Check out these 20 Boredom Buster DIY Projects for the Kids this Summer!

20 Summer Boredom Busters for Kids | Pretty Handy Girl



Natural Accents & New Ceramic Surface Design – Book Reviews


It’s time to make room on your bookshelf for two more beautiful books. The first is Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay. Stacy is a good friend and fellow DIY blogger. She’s also a power tool rock star. Stacy recently released this colorful book filled with lots of ways to decorate and furnish your home with natural elements. This book follows in the footsteps of Stacy’s blog with easy to follow step-by-step tutorials.


Natural Accents is filled with projects that you can make with simple materials found in your backyard.


My favorite project is definitely this plexiglass side table. Natural Accents is filled with many more brilliant ideas!


Get your copy today, because you’ll find at least half a dozen projects you’ll want to tackle this weekend.

Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay $21.28 on Amazon (affiliate link)



New Ceramic Surface Design by Molly Hatch is a book full of ceramic eye candy. If you’ve ever wanted to dabble in ceramic arts, this is the book you want to devour. And even if you have no interest in ceramics, this book is filled with beautiful photos on each page. I found myself being drawn through the entire book enjoying all the gorgeous art pieces.


Molly filled New Ceramic Surface Design with everything you need to know about working with clay, glazes and more. She gives her expert advice and tips to help you avoid botched projects.


I leave you with one of my favorite images from the book. This beautiful Mishima Slip Inlay design in blue and white belongs on my shelf!


Get your own copy of New Ceramic Surface Design by Molly Hatch for $21.77 on Amazon (affiliate link)


Disclosure: Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay and New Ceramic Surface Design by Molly Hatch were sent to me at no charge to review. I was not told what to write or say about these books. 

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Die Ugly Toys Die

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Installing a Wall Mount Flat Screen TV + Hiding Cords | PrettyHandyGirl

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20 Boredom Buster DIY Projects for Kids

Sunprints | Pretty Handy Girl

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Little Playhouse | Pretty Handy Girl

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Housewarming Gift Crate | Pretty Handy Girl

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Chalkboard Arrow Sign (Mystery Thrift Off) | Pretty Handy Girl

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12 Father's Day Gifts - Way Cooler than a Tie | Pretty Handy Girl

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Monster Dolls Designed and Made by Your Kids | Pretty Handy Girl

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Scrap Wood Planter Box

Scrap Wood Planter Box

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Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveal

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal | Pretty Handy Girl

**This project and post has been sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement. They are a company that works hard to give back to the community. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in one family’s life. Thank you, Lowe’s!** You guys, there is one thing I love more than a beautiful makeover. That […]

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Lowe's Spring Makeover Work Day | Pretty Handy Girl

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