Hanging a big wall of art is all about creating an eclectic space that can evolve along with your life and collections.
Nobody knows this better than Dabito. He never expected to buy a house in New Orleans. But after moving to town and putting the finishing touches on his small shotgun rental, he was presented an unexpected real estate opportunity that he couldn’t refuse.
Suddenly, Dabito was a first-time home owner! And that meant he had a lot more wall space to fill.
Dabito painted his new study a rich royal navy, since the room gets so much light, and then created an incredible gallery wall of old + new art to spring the space alive. We loved the results and asked him to share his tried-and-true art hanging advice.
See how you can create an gallery wall of art like Dabito in 5 easy steps!
1. Measure the wall space. (Mine is a little over 9 ft. wide and 8.5 ft high.)
2. Arrange artworks on the floor. Start with the biggest piece in the middle and build around that. Here, I worked around this beautiful abstract painting. When styling a gallery wall, use various frame sizes. You can have a couple smaller frames but artworks larger than 16×20 works best. Here, I’m using gold leaf and acorn frames.
2. Create columns. Center the artworks in each column with about 2–3 inches of space between them.
3. Once the artworks are perfectly arranged on the ground how you want them to look on your wall, snap a picture.
4. Using your photo as a guide, hang one column of art at a time. I eyeball the distance but know that I I usually like to hang frames about 6-8 inches above a cabinet, bench or credenza.
5. Step back and check it out!