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I recently added this super affordable gallery wall to our locker room on a whim. I really love how the colors in the art compliment the peg wall and rug. It all feels collected and cozy together. Walls are Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and peg wall is Sherwin Williams Naturel. It’s the perfect warm grey, greige, tan-ish color depending on the light, I love it so much. Our pantry door is painted the same color too, I always love a good call back.
I had been wanting to do something with this blank wall but I wasn’t sure what. I thought about adding wallpaper, but I didn’t want to spend the money or do something so (semi) permanent. Then I thought maybe one big piece of art… again didn’t want to spend the money. So I gathered up all the frames and digital art I had already printed and laid them out on the floor in the locker room. After a few minutes arranging I came up with this gallery wall.
First I arranged the frames I had, which were all but 2, then I choose coordinating art. I realized I needed a couple more frames so I ran to Hobby Lobby and found the round buttery fly print and a the framed landscape piece both 40% off. Bonus- I didn’t have to choose or print any additional art so I could get home and start hanging right away. I still need to add art to one frame, it’s on the to-do list, probably will stay that way for a year… haha! But I’m super happy with how it came together.
Start with what you have! Your frames don’t have to match. If you need a couple of frames to complete your gallery wall, thrift stores almost always have really great, unique frames for $2-$5. Use frames in varying sizes and shapes, and even textures. Think glass, canvas, etc., to give it a more collected feel.
Arrange frames on the floor first so you can get the overall design just right. This also lets you know what size prints you need so you’re not just randomly printing a bunch of art in a million sizes (I’ve totally been guilty of doing this).
Print affordable digital artwork. I like to focus on a color pallet when creating a gallery wall so it feels intentional. I used our peg wall and rug as a jumping off point. If you want to use family photos instead of art I recommend printing them all in black & white to keep it feeling cohesive. A few of my favorite places for digital art are here, here and here.
Hang using these so you’re not poking a bunch of holes in your walls. It also makes it really easy to hang your art straight because you just stick them to the back of your frame and press the to the wall for 30 seconds. If you have existing frames that are hung by a good old-fashioned nail, try using this mounting putty to keep them from shifting over time.
If you’re getting a lot of glare and can’t see the artwork, try removing the glass from your frames.
I hope you found this post helpful and you’re feeling inspired to create a gallery wall of your own. If you’re still not quite sure where to start, I’ve rounded up some budget friendly frames that would be perfect mixed into a gallery wall. You’ll never believe these are all under $30!
1. Antique Brass Metal Clad Frame $20
2. Traditional Black Wall & Tabletop Frame $11
3. Matted Narrow Rounded Gallery Frame $20
4. Ornate Bronze Picture Frame $17
5. Light Oak Frame $20
6. Zinc Metal Reece Wall Frames $10
7. Round Antique Frame $12
8. Thin Black Frame with Ivory Mat $17
9. Burnished Gold Picture Frame $19
10. Black Oval Frames 2 pack $23
11. Antique Bronze Frame $8
12. Art Deco Frame $29
13. Modern Black Frame with Mat $9
14. Acrylic Floating Picture Frame $18
15. Wood Gallery Frames $23
16. 2 Pack Black Frames $27