Gallery walls can make a big impact and bring personality into your space–nothing really says you like a collection of art you've hand picked to display on your wall. However, when you're on a budget, gallery walls can get expensive! Just frames themselves can be pricey, let alone the artwork that goes into them. Because we believe your heart, not your budget, should determine what to hang on your gallery wall, we've put together a few tips for creating gallery walls on the cheap.
You probably already own art you love: use it
Maybe you don't realize that your grandmother's old scarf is actually a piece of art that you could include on your gallery wall. Or that beautiful image on the side of a cardboard box that you keep staring at in the recycling bin actually belongs on your wall. When it comes to art, we feel what speaks to you is a very personal choice, so don't let pre-conceived ideas of what art should be hold you back from identifying and embracing art you already own and love.
Don't stick to paper, consider objects on your wall
Along the same lines, when searching your home for things you already own and love to include in your gallery wall, don't limit yourself to paper artwork (paintings, photographs, etc). Think big and weird. Things like masks, plates, baskets, rugs, blankets (to name a few) make great additions to gallery walls. Not only do you get to see something you love every day on your wall, your gallery wall automatically becomes more interesting and captivating by breaking up the traditional artwork.
Use your thrifting skills for frames
Pro tip: find old, cheap artwork at thrift stores, then steal the frames. We don't mean to actually steal the frame from the thrift store (what kind of people do you think we are?), but steal the frame from the cheap, old artwork and use it for your good artwork. Frames found at thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales are usually waaaaaay cheaper (and potentially better) than new framing. Though you may get lucky and score a few matching frames, part of the fun of a gallery wall is to mix it up, right? If you're in Tulsa, check out our favorite thrift stores.
Try alternative ways of attaching art to the wall
Using other methods of attaching things to the wall can save money and add even more personality to your gallery wall. One of the cheapest and easiest methods is taping! Who here hasn't used washi tape as a temporary attachment and then left it? Whether you left it because you are lazy or because you thought it looks good doesn't really matter. The fact is, washi tape can look very nice on a gallery wall if done right. Other hanging options include wooden clip hangers (vintage ones are best) and the old wire and clothespin method.
Create your gallery wall over time
Don't feel like you have to rush out and have ten pieces of art you love over a weekend. Start with what you already own. If you own five things you love and want to display, then just hang five to start at first. It's better to run the risk of having to adjust your gallery wall after a year rather than to fill it with things you don't absolutely love. Things will find you over time. Let them.
Share your walls with us
We'd love to see and hear about the gallery walls in your home. Share them on Instagram with #rdathome.
No joke. Your home will look ten times better after we tell you what to do. :)