I love a great gallery wall of photos and artwork, but I don't do well without some sort of plan for hanging what always seems to be a diverse collection of frames with varying compositions, colors, and dimensions (I wish I were that talented). There are a lot of handy tools on Pinterest these days for starting a gallery wall from scratch, without any frames or existing artwork, but I tend to collect these things over time and have amassed quite a stash of pieces I love. And, while I don't mind an ordered, symmetrical layout where everything matches (I do naturally like an order to things), my personal preference is a bit more laid back. Much like the gallery walls in these spaces:
The gallery wall in our master bedroom was my first planned composition using a very similar method as I described in my post on figuring out floor plans. I first measured the wall width and height, and then each of the frames I intended to hang. I then drew a scaled elevation of the wall where the items would hang, including the dresser that the composition would hang above. I then cut out scaled squares and rectangles corresponding to the measurements of all those frames and began arranging. I started out with a few pieces I didn't end up including because the wall was starting to feel too crowded. I picked my favorite piece, the SIBLING shop's Damn Fine Day print, and decided to arrange everything else around it.
I've started working on another gallery wall for a nursery I'm putting together and can't wait to show you photos in the coming month.