I received a free canvas print from Photowall in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
So, I have to admit that I am absolutely horrible when it comes to ordering photo prints. Actually, I’m pretty bad at even remembering to take photos most of the time. This may come as a surprise to some considering that taking photos is definitely something I do often as a blogger, but it’s true. Usually, I rely on my husband to capture important moments, because I just never seem to have my phone ready at the right time. Plus, it seems like the photos I do manage to take never seem to make it past my phone, anyway. Can anyone else relate to this?
Here’s a perfect example of how bad I am at this – It’s been a year-and-a-half since our wedding day, and I literally just ordered my very first prints of our wedding photos. My parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, my second cousins, all of them had some kind of photo of our wedding day, but me? I didn’t have a single one anywhere in our house.
For the past year or so, I had been envisioning some kind of gallery wall in our living room displaying our favorite wedding photos. We have this tall skinny wall in our living room that just needed something, and I thought a gallery wall would be perfect. I just kept putting it off and putting it off, because, well, I’m bad at this kind of thing. So when Photowall recently sent me a free canvas print to review, I knew this would be the perfect time to finally get those wedding prints ordered and start working on a gallery wall.
If you aren’t familiar with Photowall, they are a Swedish company that sells wall murals and canvas prints. You can choose from their selection of designs or you can upload your own image and have them do a custom print for you. I chose to do a canvas print of one of their pre-made designs. As soon as I saw this beautiful black and white floral print, I knew it would be a perfect addition to my gallery wall.
Have you ever attempted a gallery wall before? I have to admit, for someone with no professional design background, it can be intimidating. I think that’s one of the reasons why mine kept getting put off. The good news is, it’s actually pretty simple, and you definitely don’t need to be a professional to do it. Today I am going to show you a foolproof step-by-step method that you can use to create a beautiful, customized gallery wall.
Step One – Start With a Base Layout
First, find a layout you like and use that as your starting point. Even if you change it up a bit, you can build your gallery wall based off of that layout. I found these gallery wall layout suggestions from Pottery Barn very helpful in choosing a general layout for my wall. It even gives you photo dimensions as well, which you can always adjust accordingly based on the size of your wall.
Originally I was planning to use the “Reflection” layout, but I ended up going with something closer to the “Outer Align” or “Spiral” layout. Still, having a general idea of what I was going for made the whole process much easier.
Step Two – Choose Artwork & Photos That Speak to You
For this step, just do what makes you happy. I don’t think there’s necessarily one right or wrong way to design a gallery wall. Ultimately it’s you who has to look at it every day, so choose pieces that are meaningful to you and that you enjoy looking at. There are so many different routes you could take. You could go for a simple, clean, black & white wall, or you could go totally eclectic and mismatched. You could mix and match photos with paintings and other types of artwork, or stick to art/photos only. It’s totally up to you.
For my gallery wall, I knew I wanted a simple and clean yet romantic look. I wanted to showcase some of our favorite wedding photos in an elegant, timeless way. To do this, I decided to go with all white frames and a combination of colored and black-and-white photos. I got the big white frame in the middle from Hobby Lobby. I also used this frame set, two of these square frames, and this wall clock, all from Target.
The floral canvas on the bottom left is my Photowall canvas. I fell in love with the black-and-white design as soon as I saw it, and I think it fits perfectly into my romantic gallery wall. The canvas shipped quickly to my house along with a DIY frame. I was nervous about framing the canvas myself at first, but honestly it couldn’t have been easier.
Here is what the frame looked like when it arrived.
I simply attached the corner plates to the wood frame with the included screws.
And here is what the canvas looked like once I finished framing. Beautiful!
Step Three – Map It Out
This is probably the most important step of all. Before you start making holes in your wall, do a practice run first. Use kraft paper and/or painter’s tape to layout how you might want your gallery wall to look. Once you know the exact measurements you need, you can order frames and photo prints accordingly. I even created a mood board on my computer incorporating the photos I wanted to use and any artwork I liked. This helped me to really see what looked good together and what didn’t before I ordered anything.
Once you have all of your frames and artwork in front of you, I would recommend laying them out on the floor one more time before hanging them. I ended up changing up the layout a tiny bit after seeing everything together in person.
Once you are satisfied with the layout of your wall, you can begin hanging it!
And that’s all there is to it! Designing your own gallery wall is very simple, and the bottom line is to go with what looks and feels right to you. I was so happy with how my gallery wall turned out, and very satisfied with the quality and the service I received from Photowall as well. I absolutely love the way the beautiful floral canvas print blended in seamlessly with the rest of my gallery wall.
If you would like to order a canvas print or a wall mural of your own, be sure to visit Photowall and use my 20% off coupon code!
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I’d love to see your gallery walls! Share yours on Instagram and tag @the_stark_nest, or feel free to send me a picture via email or in the comments below!