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Galleries 101

Tips on displaying treasured photos and collections in your home

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Symmetrical groupings make for a quirky cheerful look. Photo: Canadianoriginals.net

Using your unique collections and photos to create a gallery wall is a fun way to de-clutter and show off! Don’t be intimidated, jump right in.  Start by deciding on a common thread–it may be colour, theme or frame style/colour.

Photo: Shay Ingram

Photo: Shay Ingram

In this gallery wall, anything goes with photos, paintings and memorabilia connected through colour.

Plate-Grouping

Photo: Shay Ingram

Use anything you love: your children’s artwork, birthday cards, book pages. There are a million ways to think outside of the box.

Photo: CanadianOriginals.net

Photo: CanadianOriginals.net

Use larger pieces as a starting point and to anchor your design. Asymmetrical groupings make for a quirky cheerful look.

Photo: Mary Sherwood Lifestyles

Photo: Mary Sherwood Lifestyles

Be bold–go all the way to the floor! Symmetrical groupings are more structured and dramatic. Stick to the same frame styles and matting to keep the eye flowing.

Photo: Shay Ingram

Photo: Shay Ingram

Installation is a breeze–make templates of your pieces by tracing them onto newspaper and then tape them on the wall in your desired arrangement.  Measure from the top of the frame to the top of the hook and mark it on the pre-hung template. Happy Hanging!

Guest blogger and interior decorator Shay Ingram has been beautifying Halifax homes since 2008. Shay Interiors offers full-service decorating and consulting.

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