The very first wall gallery I installed in our beach rental was in the living room. Except for the mirror in the middle of the gallery, the rest of it is photography. The original frames were a mix of finishes and material so to save money, I disassembled all of the frames, and spray painted them with Valspar’s glossy white.
or move the lining out a little….
You could also draw multiple lines, thick or thin and use a second mat for layered look.
The placement of the living room wall gallery was inspired by a post from Martha Stewart Living. I just love that the even line is in the middle of all the frames.
I did something similar by placing a strip of painter’s tape a little below eye level and hanging one row below the tape then filling in the rest of the wall.
Tip: Plan your lay out by laying all of your pictures on the floor and work from the center out when you start to hang them. It is important to center your single or multiple pictures at eye level or about 5’6″ from the floor. Never put more than a couple of inches between frames to prevent them from “floating” on the wall.
The rest of the gallery walls in our house were not as time consuming, like the watercolors and prints in our family room. Lay them out on the floor, work from the center out. Make sure you take a step back after each picture to make sure it is where you want. (You probably will have to try a couple of times for some of them!)
My daughter’s room was the easiest installment. The pictures were originally just hung on ribbon and then later tacked to the wall.
After my husband came home from deployment with 12 water colors, we had yet another gallery wall in our house. It makes such a lovely focal wall for our bedroom. Now I am a pro at eye-balling placement!