The wall behind our sofa has had a gallery wall on it for nearly as long as we’ve lived here. It’s been *alright*, the higgledly piggledy one that was going on until today, but I’ve got to a point where I need order. Rows. A sense of coherence. My husband says it’s my inner control freak rising up. I say I don’t want it looking like my little girl made it. Here’s how I made a gallery wall on a budget!
I found these amazing free printables from Temperance Rose and Tidbits on good ol’ Pinterest, where I’ve got a board of free printable artwork, and they were perfect for what I wanted. They’re black and white, they’re vintage looking, they’re botanical and best of all they’re free! This gallery wall only cost me £26.99 for the frames! I printed out a selection of the prints using my printer. They’re only inkjet onto A4 paper, nothing fancy.
Marking out the position of the frames was a bit of a ballache, admittedly. I measured the width of the wall and divided it in half to get the centre. I banged in a nail at roughly the height I wanted the top row to be at, and worked from there. I laid the frames on the floor and worked out roughly how far I’d like them spaced. I put a nail in for each one along the row every 28cm to ensure they were evenly spaced. Then, to be truthful, I totally gave up with measuring when it came to the bottom row, as I was rushing. I was making this gallery wall when I should have been working (oops) so was really up against it! Luckily I work for myself, so no harm done. I just put the nails in for the bottom row where I thought looked good, stepping back to check every now and then. Luckily they don’t look too bad and we’re not that big on perfection in this house 😉
I’m in love! I feel calmer already just looking at this.
Using free printables is a great way to create a gallery wall on a budget. You can even use wallpaper samples as I have done in the master bedroom to create free artwork.