June 27, 2022

Some say gallery partitions are trending out in favor of bigger scale artwork. Perhaps. It is smart that image gallery partitions on each wall (particularly those with a ton of tiny frames) would possibly really feel rather less “new and recent” nowadays. However I’d argue {that a} assortment of image frames hung collectively on the wall feels fairly traditional should you cease and give it some thought. Watch Residence Alone. They completely have a gallery wall going up their formal staircase within the lobby the place Kevin sleds and hurls paint cans. However one spot I like for a gallery wall nowadays is definitely round a TV. Why? Properly, that large black field isn’t precisely beautiful.





It’s typically this hulking darkish factor on an in any other case naked wall, so why not break issues up and add a number of different rectangular issues to deemphasize it. It’s not just like the TV disappears while you add a gallery – however a minimum of you’ve gotten a number of different (prettier) spots to relaxation your eyes. And you may at all times activate Planet Earth, since that makes any TV appear like artwork in a nanosecond.


modern art gallery wall in white living room with blue ceiling and vintage rug


We first blogged about including a body gallery round our front room tv, oh, FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO (proof: right here – additionally how humorous is the “What Does the Fox Say?” reference – ah, 2013). Issues have advanced A LOT in that room since then (hey paint!) and the gallery acquired a number of tweaks (some new artwork there, some body switches there) but it surely has just about stood the check of time. And since I get a bunch of questions each time we present a smidge of it on social media, this publish is for everybody asking about framing preparations, what to border, the best way to hold them, and the place we get our artwork. So let’s dive in, Planet Earth Type. I’ll be the whale should you’re that large faculty of tiny reflective fish.

Readying Your TV For A Gallery Wall

First, should you listened to final week’s podcast you heard that we acquired a brand new TV (the outdated and really trustworthy one now lives on the seashore home, reunited with our outdated sofa and it feels so good). We additionally determined to mount our new TV on the wall and used a type of in-wall energy twine programs to cover the wire. That entire course of solely takes an hour or so and is SO WORTH IT. We’ve acquired a whole publish devoted to making a cord-free TV wall should you’re desirous about a step-by-step tutorial on that. That publish additionally exhibits you the best way to cover a cable field when you’ve got one. And should you’re seeking to minimize the twine, right here’s how we did that.

However it’s not completely essential to mount your TV to create a handsome body gallery round it. As you may see within the outdated picture under, we had ours resting on the media cupboard for years. However mounting it has undoubtedly made the room really feel extra spacious and fewer cluttered. Additionally, we’re BIG FANS of secondhand dressers as TV cupboards – this one is from a thrift retailer and we have now the same one in our bonus room from Craigslist.


before photo of gallery wall around a TV before it was mounted to the wall


Arranging And Hanging Your Photos Frames

Okay, now onto truly hanging your frames across the TV. There are a number of strategies you should use…

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picture frame gallery wall in living room around a mounted TV


Gallery Wall Technique #1 – On The Ground

Seize no matter frames you’ve gotten readily available and need to use (or choose up new ones that you just love) and lay them out on the ground, with a spot on the ground within the form of your TV (measure it to get the right amount of area). Then simply transfer them round on the ground to see what format you want. That’s how we created this very body wall in our authentic publish… again when our front room was overwhelmingly, mind-numbingly brown.


picture frames laid out on a floor in preparation for gallery wall



Gallery Wall Technique #2 – Paper Templates

This one is very easy too, and in case you are nervous you gained’t like issues as soon as they’re up on the wall, it’s the one to strive. As a result of it helps you visualize issues proper on the wall earlier than you truly hold the frames. How? Use newspaper, brown paper baggage, and even printer paper (taped collectively if that you must make a bigger piece of paper) and minimize them to the dimensions of every body you need to hold. Then you definitely simply tape them up on the wall utilizing masking or painter’s tape, and transfer them round till you just like the association and are able to put the precise frames up instead of the paper templates. You may see that methodology in use right here in our final home the place we created a body gallery within the hallway. Much less busy paper could be simpler on the ol’ eyeballs, however you get the concept.


John marking placement of gallery wall using paper templates


Gallery Wall Technique #3 – The Massive Sheet

That is sort of a combo transfer of the 2 above. SHAROOOKEN! You organize your frames on the ground, however on high of a big sheet of paper (like brown craft paper, crimson rosin paper, and even wrapping paper if that’s all you’ve gotten). When you attain the association you want, hint every body onto the paper – even marking the spot the place each hangs on the again – creating an outsized template which you can switch proper onto your wall. It’s finest on small to medium sized body groupings (like this one we hung in our final home) since you’re considerably restricted by the dimensions of your paper roll, however this might completely work on both aspect of the TV (you’d make two in that case).


red rosin paper taped to wall with frame outlines drawn for gallery


Gallery Wall Technique #4 – Determine Out As You Go

You additionally could be a insurgent and JUST HANG STUFF ON THE WALLS! I wouldn’t advocate going completely rogue and simply making holes willy-nilly (though I’ve performed that and spackling takes like three minutes so it’s not the most important deal if you find yourself there). However should you break issues down into sections it’ll enable you to keep on observe. For instance: begin by getting the centering and spacing of the frames above your TV to your liking first. Then that’ll assist information the peak and spacing of the frames to the left of the TV. As soon as these are set, you may match them on the fitting aspect.


wood tv console with mounted tv and picture frame gallery


How To Tie Body Groupings Collectively

“Ought to I exploit all the identical frames?” “Is there’s some type of components for mixing them?” “Ought to all the artwork be black & white or all the identical sort of factor (all sketches, all photographs, all work?)” Questions like this abound. So I’ll attempt to clarify what works for us and why we usually find yourself there – though that is undoubtedly a type of “we’ve seen it performed so many alternative methods, there are in all probability one million methods to pores and skin this cat” sort of issues. Personally, we began with all white frames in right here, and I slowly discovered myself craving somewhat extra selection, so over time if I discovered good gentle wooden frames (like the 2 over the TV) or some fairly skinny gold ones (just like the 5 of these you see under) I slowly introduced these in to combine issues up.

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picture gallery wall around a tv on white walls


However regardless of having totally different frames up there, these are three elements that assist tie the association collectively:

  1. Mats! See how many of the frames above have white mats? That ties them collectively and helps your eye take all of them in as one large “household”
  2. Shade palette! It won’t be what you discover instantly, however numerous the artwork has related tones – there’s numerous inexperienced, blue, and pink. And once more a lot of white within the artwork and the mats too. Even the objects on the wall (the antlers and the fake turtle shell) are white, so nothing is just too jarring and all of it seems associated, but not tremendous cloned and repetitive.
  3. Spacing! Loads of instances that is the factor that makes a wall really feel off. If the frames are hung too far aside, they learn extra like a smattering of islands, too distant from one another to be seen as a grouping. The best spacing for me is often 2-3″ (any nearer they usually can really feel clumped and crowded). Additionally keep in mind to deal with the TV like simply one other body and attempt to mimic the identical spacing round it. This may be tough as a result of the TV sits off the wall a bit and that depth can change the spacing relying in your vantage level. I attempt to step again and consider issues from the sofa throughout the room, since that’s the place everybody can be viewing it most often.

What Ought to I Body In My Gallery?

Since our association is a mixture of body varieties and sizes, we wished the objects that we framed to be a little bit of a mixture as effectively. Had this been a extra gridded body gallery utilizing an identical frames – like this one we did above the sofa in our final home or down our outdated hallway – we in all probability would’ve stored the artwork extra constant too. However to provide you a way of the random combine we’ve hung right here, I added some numbers to the following two photographs so you may see we have now up there, the place we acquired issues, and why we love ’em.


mix of photos art and objects to create eclectic gallery wall around a tv


  • 1. Household photographs (one in every of me with our daughter and the same shot with our son across the similar age – the mat didn’t include that body, it got here from one other body and I switched it out)
  • 2. White fake antlers (these had been black and I painted them white years in the past, however now they promote them in white on a regular basis – listed here are some related ones and this set of three is superior too)
  • 3. One other household picture (that is one in every of our favourite wedding ceremony pics as a result of it seems like we’re standing in a bush)
  • 4. A bit algae/anemone factor I painted (this one is minimize off, as is the center one above the TV, however you may see it should you scroll as much as the picture earlier than it. I simply wished one thing in these colours and did it rapidly to throw it up “only for now” and it has been there for years – ha!)
  • 5. A postcard from an area artwork exhibit (I beloved the colours and the artist,  so why not body the postcard?!)
  • 6. Photograph of a succulent (this can be a picture we took whereas taking pictures our second e book – love the soothing colours and all that white area – right here’s a hyperlink to it in our Society6 store)
  • 7. Unique portray (that is one in every of my favourite Etsy artists who sells tiny authentic work & prints and I LOVE THEM!)
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grid of white and gold frames on white gallery wall


  • 8. A e book web page (yup, that is from one in every of my favourite images books by Grey Malin, who shoots seashores from above)
  • 9. One other succulent picture we took and acquired printed (right here’s the hyperlink to it on our Society6 store)
  • 10. A fake turtle shell by Nate Berkus for Goal (this was from his very first assortment there, recollections) – right here’s one thing related
  • 11. Extra household photographs (on this aspect it’s John with our daughter and our son in mainly the identical precise pose – I switched a mat from a distinct body into this one)
  • 12. One other authentic portray (from the identical lady on Etsy who did the one on the opposite aspect – so in love along with her stuff)
  • 13. Map with pins the place we’ve gone (acquired the map on eBay, took out the glass of the body and backed it with cork so the pins would stick) – listed here are some related maps
  • 14. One other postcard (from the exact same artwork exhibit – provides the wall steadiness and it’s extra of these blue/pink tones that reoccur, so it ties issues collectively)

I talked extra about my course of for locating frameable “artwork” just lately on Instagram too (on one in every of our journeys to the seashore home) so take a look at the video under for extra examples of how we fill our frames with out breaking the financial institution:

Additionally! Body PSA! The gold frames you noticed in that video are my very favourite, they usually don’t hail from a elaborate and costly body retailer – they’re from Goal! They arrive with the mats, are extraordinarily fairly, and are available in a bunch of sizes (I’ve all three of those sizes throughout our home and the seashore home). And the artist from Etsy that I shouted out in that final video is Emily Jeffords, who just lately acquired picked up by Minted! Love her stuff a lot.

As for the way we hold them, right here’s a fast video that I made for InstaStories a short while in the past (generally movies assist greater than a static pic):

So there it’s, a full succulent-riddled detail-riddled rundown of our TV body wall. If you happen to’re nonetheless feeling such as you don’t know the place to begin or the best way to method this, my loving encouragement could be: JUST START! You may see from the video above that holes within the partitions behind frames don’t even get seen! So should you hold one thing too low and have to maneuver it up, it IS NO BIG DEAL. Even when it’s a must to spackle a number of holes, that’s as simple as spreading butter on bread, and you realize you are able to do that. I consider in you. Might your partitions be completely happy and your holes be hidden behind frames like mine, ha!


white picture frame gallery white with mounted TV


Oh and if you’ve gotten a decrease TV/media cupboard scenario and are left with an enormous naked spot on the wall above all of it, right here’s what we did to fill that area in our final home. Really easy and so low cost! And for extra framing/artwork concepts, we have now a complete archive filled with ’em, so have at it!

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