How to Make Your Own DIY Gallery Wall

Let’s be real, we’re not all interior designers. The truth is, you don’t have to be an interior designer to make your home look chic. With a little time and craftiness, you can transform a wall into the envy of all your friends.


Photo via Laurel Bern Interiors.

Gallery walls are all over Pinterest, but they can be in your home, too! It just takes patience to curate the right pieces to fit your style.

Flea markets are your best friend. A good gallery wall doesn’t have to cost you an arm and leg.

It’s important to have one large piece that will pull everything together. It should be what you build upon for the rest of the wall. Surround it with smaller pieces. Remember, variety is key. Don’t just use prints, especially if they’re all similar and the same size. Mix it up with other art forms of all shapes and sizes. Everything should complement one another, not be twins.

Another good rule of thumb is to keep each piece 3 inches apart. Spacing is everything.

Contrary to what you might think, picking frames shouldn’t take up your time. The artwork is the centerpiece, not the frame around it. You can get away with cheap frames, just keep them all within your color palette. If your frames contrast too drastically, it will make your gallery wall feel overwhelming.

Also, don’t hang your pieces haphazardly. It’s good to plan ahead and lay them out on the floor beforehand. Tape can be a great tool as well. If you tape the outline of your pieces on the wall, you can avoid making accidental holes. Who likes patching holes?

And most importantly, be patient. A good gallery wall doesn’t come together overnight. It takes time. If a particular piece isn’t working, don’t force it, find another piece that fits better.

What’s Trending? Smart LED Light Bulbs

Trends come and go, but what about a trend that can help you sleep better?

This trend is something you may not have considered—lightbulbs. GE launched smart LED light bulbs. Unlike normal bulbs, these bulbs can be customized to be in sync with your natural circadian rhythm. Better sleep here you come!

The C-Sleep bulbs adjust the lighting based on the time of day. Not a morning person? These bulbs will emit “crisp and vibrant” light in the morning hours to make waking up easier. Now, you still probably won’t be as happy as a rooster for the day to start, but it can help. At night, the bulbs will emit warm light to encourage drowsiness.

Don’t worry, you won’t fall asleep at 7 p.m. unless you want to. The bulbs are connected to an app so you can adjust the lighting based on your preference with the touch a fingertip.

While these lightbulbs can help you get a good night’s rest, also remember to stay away from your smartphone and TV late at night—that’s no surprise. Give your brain time to relax away from the glowing lights of electronics.

Sleep well!