4. Purchase the Artwork
At this point, you should have a good idea of the overall look you’d like to achieve. This is the most difficult part as there are so many choices available, and it can be hard knowing what artwork would work best together.
There are a few different options available. As I mentioned earlier, I begin by choosing a large scale piece. I prefer to shop online as I feel it provides the best opportunity to source exactly what I am looking for. I start with one initial piece that sets the tone and expands from there.
I also save multiple images of the art that I’ve selected and viewed them together in Adobe Photoshop. This is the process I use to choose items that I know will compliment each other.
Another easier method is to purchase art from websites that have an art gallery app or offer free art gallery curation services. Here are a few of my top choices:
Minted connects you with the best independent artists and have an endless supply of fresh and unique art. You can shop from fine art prints to commissioned original art.
What I like best about Minted is that the prices for both prints and framing are very reasonable. They have a feature where you can view the print with or without a mat as well as different frame styles.
The best part is that if you take a photo of your wall and text the image to 415-993-WALL (9255), a Minted stylist will text you back art recommendations that perfectly fit your space for free.
Artfully Walls is a highly curated online shopping destination with artists that are hand-picked by their team. Styled walls are compositions of the works they sell, created by designers.
Each styled wall has a unique look and feel, that depends on the art included, frames used, and wall backgrounds selected – every user can find the right styled wall to match any decor style and room in their house.
Styled walls can be purchased in their entirety, or users can decide to purchase only specific works that are featured on the wall.
What I like best about Artfully Walls is that they’ve taken the guesswork out of curating a gallery wall. Their gallery style collections range from traditional to modern, eclectic, beach house, Hollywood glam, bohemian, romantic, contemporary and cottage. They also provide a grid with hanging instructions that you can download as a PDF.
Artfully Walls also has a ‘Design Your Wall’ feature where you can choose your artwork to see what works together, as well as move it around a ‘wall’ to find the best placement. A brilliant idea!
Pottery Barn has a wide variety of prints and wall art that work well together. If you are looking to add other items to your gallery walls, such as mirrors or basket wall art – they have a great selection.
What I like about Pottery Barn is that if you click on ‘All Art’, there is a link provided to ‘Gallery Walls.’ Here they have a large curated selection of gallery walls that work beautifully together, from inked series prints to Japanese textile canvases to Bohème wood panel framed prints.
Framebridge offers exceptional custom framing for photos, art and more – starting at $39.00. You simply select a frame style, upload a digital file (or they can send you a free prepaid mailer), and your frame will be built in 2-5 days and shipped for free. You can also choose one of their picture-perfect gallery wall layouts and upload your photos. They’ll custom frame them and ship everything (including a life-size hanging guide!) to your door, ready to hang.
Art.com has a large selection of artwork, as well as a handy app that makes organizing a gallery wall extremely easy. This gallery wall designer allows you to reimagine your wall with augmented reality. Here is the link to the Art.com app if you’d like to check it out.
I haven’t tried it myself, but love the idea of being able to take a photo of a wall and add artwork to the correct scale to visualize the final look.
It’s important to check into the shipping costs involved. I have ordered framed prints when making small purchases. With a large volume, I have the prints shipped in tubes and have them framed locally. I like to do this especially when I am wanting to create a truly unique gallery wall with different matting or frames. It provides the ability to be able to view everything in person to perfectly match matt, frame color, and style.