Would you hide your television within a gallery wall? We’re sharing how we layered frames, art and photos to make it work.
On a bit of a whim, we painted the connected family and play rooms peach! The color is Benjamin Moore Coastal Cottage, which is a smidge less muddy and more bright than our taupe-y, blush-y entryway color (although very similar). And because we painted the whole room, everything had to come off the walls. And when we took everything off the walls, we thought it would be a good time to upgrade the television and swap in some new artwork. And, hey, while we were at it, let’s do a better job of layering the television into an intentional gallery wall!
Hiding Our Television Within a Gallery Wall
We have a Frame TV, but this could also be done with any modern/slim television if you wall mount it; bonus points for hiding the cables behind the wall, too. On most televisions, you should be able to add a screensaver, but the trick is to choose a static image (as opposed to default settings that might display underwater scenes or fireworks). If you’re not installing a Frame TV, I’d recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions for changing the screensaver.
In our case, I have a folder of digital images on my phone that I upload to our Frame TV through the Smart Things app, including this butterfly! I also have an entire post that shares a handful of my favorite places to find digital artwork.
Hanging Framed Artwork
There are SO many ways to design a gallery wall, including paper templates, laying out the frames on the floor and just plain-ol’-winging-it! I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all approach, so you do what feels the easiest to you. Start. Do it. That’s the hardest part of every process! In this case, we styled this wall on the winging-it approach, and we couldn’t be happier! That said, here are a few things I do and keep in mind as we’re hanging artwork:
- I gather all the FRAMES I love and know would work well together. Artwork can always be swapped in and out, but the frames have to work in harmony. More on that in a minute.
- As we hang each frame, I’m paying attention to the spacing. We prefer minimal spacing of 2-3″ between frames (or less!) for a tight-knit, cohesive look.
- As we work our way up, I first ensure we have a solid base of larger frames and work towards a center peak, like a triangle – arguably the most pleasing design shape.
The Paint Stick Trick
Something we’ve been using for years is our handy little paint stick! On one end of the paint stick, we have a small sharp screw, like this:
We hang the frame on the screw, and once the frame is in the place we want, we gently press the frame against the wall. The sharp end of the screw leaves a small mark, where we then put a drywall screw for hanging!
At the bottom of each frame, we stick a single 3M Velcro strip so that the frames don’t sway side-to-side as people walk by. It also makes it easier to dust and wipe down the frames over time, since the frames stay in place. I can’t recommend this enough!
Mix and Match Frames and Art
Back to choosing the frames and artwork in a gallery wall. I prefer to choose two frame colors/materials as a base, and then layer in 1-2 vintage frames for flair. For example, this wall is all light wood and white frames, but you can see a gilded gold frame in the top left, too.
But it doesn’t stop there. Don’t be afraid to choose a mix of prints, photographs, fabric or anything else! I even overlapped small artwork with our table lamp, and we hung frames as low as the credenza and as high as the ceiling. In the end, choose only what makes you happy.
If we’d like to add to this wall, I like knowing that there are still nooks and crannies to fill! For example, I can add something small (maybe in an oval or round frame?) on the upper left. I could also trail the gallery to the right, up and over the door frame and down the other side.
The end goal is two-fold: Our television looks like a natural part of the gallery wall (it’s art on it’s own, I say), and it makes me smile every time I walk into this room. Would you hide your television within a gallery wall?
PS: We’ve also shared our favorite frame resources, you can see more photos of our family-slash-playroom here, and these are my tips for taking great photos with your smartphone.