fool-proof Gallery Wall/Plate Wall hack

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you need to know this easy hack for creating beautiful gallery walls without adding tons of unnecessary nails!

Many of us want a beautiful home just like what we see on Pinterest and in magazines. We know it’s terribly unrealistic and most likely those homes either have a live-in maid, no real people that live there, or are immediately messy after the photo shoots. But still, we spend many hours fiddling and fussing trying to make our homes more pleasing to the eye. Enter…the gallery wall.

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Gallery walls are everywhere on Pinterest and in magazines. Rows of pretty little pictures seemingly scattered about in a pleasing way or perfectly measured. Either way, it seems impossible when we try to achieve the same results.

Guys, this is an easy hack to better achieve those gorgeous gallery/plate walls. As in, you will slap your forehead and be disgusted that you didn’t think of it yourself. Or maybe you did and still haven’t tried it?

All you need are some paper, scissors, and tape. Cut the paper into roughly the size of the plate or frame you want to hang. Do that for every single one. And then tape those babies on the wall. You’ll get a good idea of how those images will look. Granted you will still need to take into account color. But hey, you can’t have it all or you would be a designer. :)

And guys, this dining room wall color is messing with me. It’s a gorgeous rose a good portion of the day and then switches up into an orangey-brown. I’m loving it and hating it at the same time. Photographing this is proving difficult!

My last project, my dining room, I added a plate display around a set of fabulous prints I got from Minted.com. I wanted those prints to ground the wall but wanted to use my collectible and antique plates to help fill out the empty space around it.

Enter…the gallery wall hack. With little work, I was able to place the plates in the way I thought looked best. And not make crazy holes all over the wall! The best part, I can mark exactly on the paper where I want the screw to go (this is for those of you that are going to pull out a ruler and everything) and screw into the wall through the paper and then rip the paper off when done. Voila!

Guys, a couple of things…

  1. If you haven’t ever checked out Minted.com for artwork, do so. You will love their prints and art. Utterly gorgeous and fantastic quality! My next want from them is one of their custom pinboards for my little home office. I love the idea of picking from their fabulous fabrics and creating exactly what I want and matches my living room.
  2. Get going on that gallery wall you didn’t think you could do. Do it! And, of course, be sure to post an image of the finished product on our facebook page (where we share YOUR home projects) and, of course, Minted.com is always interested in how you use art in your home! You can check out their facebook page HERE.
  3. To grab the prints I have on my wall (I ADORE this floral print. So pretty!) follow these links (they will take you to the minted.com site):
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Ombre Blooms
    Roast Chicken

Minted's Limited Edition Art Prints

Sigh, I would love to have a completely finished wall to show you but, if you look closely you can see that a plate is missing. One of my collectible blue & white plates broke in the move from one house to another and I am on the look out for a suitable replacement. Until then, that paper will just stay there as a reminder. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if years go by before I realize it’s still there. You know how you adjust and get used to seeing something for so long? Yep, check back in a while and I’ll probably forget that it is even there.

Hey there, what trend do you see all over Pinterest and magazines that you would love to try but seems impossibly difficult? We’d love to provide more hacks to get you there! Let us know in the comments. Or, as always, drop your questions to [email protected]

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