Create Your Own Apartment Gallery Wall

Use your own creativity and personality to make an apartment gallery wall. I've got the best tips to get you started!

Our apartment gallery wall is finally  complete and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It is amazing how much some creativity on the wall can spruce up a place. Our apartment is cute and cozy, but having statement pieces above our couch makes the atmosphere personalized and our own. We’ve been collecting frames and prints for what seems like forever and to have it all displayed is a major accomplishment for this perfectionist.

I was surprised by how much I learned about myself in this process of creating our apartment gallery wall. Besides being a slow decision maker and nailing way too many holes in the wall, I realized that sometimes I need to stop thinking and just execute. You see, I have a bad syndrome of unfinished projects. Doing something wrong or not the best of the best plagues me with fear and inaction. It seems so silly to be worked up over a gallery wall, but the precise sizing and spacing made for the perfect storm.  Thankfully I have a loving and convicting husband who encouraged me to get over it and just hang the frames up already (in the nicest way possible, of course).

If you are working on a gallery wall or thinking about creating one for yourself, here are some of my best tips. But above all else, make it your own and leave your perfectionism behind!

Use your own creativity and personality to make an apartment gallery wall. I've got the best tips to get you started!

Mix & Match

The overall vision for our apartment gallery wall was to represent our love for the outdoors, adventure and the simple things in life. As we collected different pieces, I tried to keep some consistency while mixing and matching patterns, colors and textures. I was tempted to go with all the same style, but decided to add some charm and character by mixing and matching prints and frames. Now that it is up on the wall, I am so glad there is variety.

Think Outside the Box

One of my favorite parts of our gallery wall is the shelf with special mementos. It may be slightly unconventional for a display of prints, but it adds a whole lot of dimension and life to the whole wall. Our shelf is from Ikea and we adorned it with one of our favorite small frames and a letter G from Oh Simple Joys. Make your wall unique even if it is somewhat outside of the box!

Map it Out

When it came to the installation of our wall, I arranged and rearranged every piece on the floor at least three dozen times. To make this process easier, I also cut brown paper bags into the shape and size of each frame. When I had an arrangement I was fond of, I put all of the cut out bags on the wall to see how it would look. Once I made a final decision, we took the cut outs down one by one as we replaced them with the actual frames. This was a huge help with spacing and location. Play around with different arrangements, come back to it in a few days with fresh eyes and use cut outs for the best results.

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Do you have a gallery wall in your home? How do you control perfection when it comes to tedious and detailed projects? Share below and let’s start a conversation!

Laura Jean
  • That’s just darling! 🙂

  • I love it so much! It turned out amazing!

  • I love gallery walls and just had to take a couple down as I moved. I will be putting some new ones up in the new space, rearranging what I already have in different groups, but I couldn’t agree more: you have to let go of perfectionism!

    • Ohh, that will be so fun to see your favorite pieces rearranged in a new space. I hope settling in goes well after moving. Letting go of perfectionism is key and I have to keep reminding myself of that with all sorts of projects!

  • I adore this whole gallery wall and look! So cute! We actually have that deer print from Target and I love it. All the frames and prints are so cute and you did such a good job putting it all together! Definitely pinning and saving for later 🙂

    • Thank you!! That is so fun that we have the same print. My husband was actually drawn to it first when we registered for our wedding. I’m glad he scoped it out! Woohoo, thanks for pinning! I hope it is helpful down the road.

  • This wall turned out beautifully! I love the frame within a frame and the book letter a lot!

    (Finally catching up on some blog reading after an insanely busy Jan/Feb. haha)