In an age of social media, it’s easy to focus your photography efforts on Instagram and Facebook. After all, posting photos online means far more people will see your amazing shots of the Great Barrier Reef or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, whilst posting photos online is great, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could create a travel-inspired gallery wall at home? Just in case you need reminding to book another fabulous trip!
Gallery walls are the latest trend in home decoration. Instead of displaying one or two photos on a wall, you can create a large gallery feature instead. It’s easy to do and so much more fun. Here is a quick guide to what you need and what you should include in your pictorial display.
Choose a Wall
Location is everything. Sure, you could create a gallery wall in your downstairs restroom, but wouldn’t it be more fun to have a larger space to play with? Pick a room such as your den or a breakfast room where you have plenty of room to play with. An expansive wall is best, but you can scale down your gallery if you are limited on space.
Collect Photos and Other Travel Memorabilia
Pull together a collection of photos, postcards, posters, travel tickets, and anything related to your travel. Focus on one trip or build a collection based on several trips. One location works well, especially if it has sentimental value, but don’t limit yourself.
Frame Your Pictures
The next job is to frame your photos and other travel memorabilia. Selecting similar picture frames is a great way to make a gallery wall more cohesive, but feel free to mix and match different styles of frame. For example, plain wood frames can be mixed up with more decorative frames and box frames containing travel mementos. Some items, for example, ticket stubs or posters may not need a frame.
Experiment with a Layout
The layout is important, so don’t rush this stage. Select a central image and use this as your starting point. Your favorite photo or a great poster will do. Arrange everything else around this one image, mixing up large and small frames. Place pictures on the floor and try different layouts until you find one you are happy with. Take a photo using a smartphone so you don’t forget where each piece goes. Now it’s time to get hanging!
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