You read that right!  Put down your hammer and read this post before you start putting up your gallery wall.  No need to add dozens of holes to your wall and end up not happy with the final results.

Here are the tips and tricks you need to create the perfect gallery wall without putting needless holes in your wall.

Gallery walls are a great way to add interest to your home.  They tell a story- YOUR STORY.  Isn’t that what your home decor should say?

From collections of art to family pictures, a gallery wall starts with your favorite photographs, art, or drawings. But more than that, it can be special pieces you found on vacation, heirloom pieces from your grandmother, jewelry, dishes, or even sculptures.  The possibilities are endless.

Here are some tips to get you started off right.

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1.  Start with a collection of your favorite objects.  Pick styles that fit your room, coordinate or enhance your colors, and add interest.  Try to have an odd number of objects.  Here are some of our favorite wall decor from Amazon (Click on the photos for links to shop):


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2.  Next use newspaper or brown craft paper to trace the shapes of each of the objects.

Don’t forget to mark the hangers or holes for hanging.

Once each object is traced.  Cut the shapes out.

I like to arrange the pieces on the floor in front of the wall that I am decorating.  Move things around until you like the placement of each piece.

Now is the time to try it on the wall.  Take your shapes and tape them up on the wall- placing them in the desired locations.  Don’t forget to measure distances between objects and to check for level using the hanger marks.

Step back and see what you think.  Once you have the look you like- it is time to start hanging your objects.

NOW grab your hammer!  Place nails and hooks on the marks you made on the paper.  Nail right through the paper.  Tear the paper down and hang your objects.

Watch my Facebook Live with the step by step instructions on how to create your own gallery wall.

Here are some of my favorite tools for hanging gallery walls.