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Christina Shanahan
Dec 08, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Put down your hammer and step slowly away from that stud finder: Crafting the perfect mix of images and frames for a gallery wall takes some serious thought and planning. To help you master it, we asked wall art pro and Framebridge founder and CEO Susan Tynan. The online framing company just launched a gallery wall consultation service where an expert designer curates your pieces (and fills in gaps if you request), helps you choose frames, then sends you two proposed layouts along with hanging instructions for a $99 fee. Read on for Tynan's foolproof tips on how to display your favorite memories.

1. Tell your story
"The gallery wall is the perfect embodiment of who you are and what makes you happy," says Tynan. "So make sure to build out your wall with meaningful items."

2. Choose a foundation piece
"A great way to build your gallery is to start with one inspirational item that you can use to guide all future selections," she says. Pro-tip: Avoid placing this item, or the largest item, in the center.

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3. Mix and match
Curate your wall to combine photography and artwork, but also add in mixed media and physical objects to give a multi-dimensional, textured look. "Think of a travel gallery wall that includes postcards and hotel matchbooks," advises Tynan.

4. Vary your frames
Choosing different frame styles and colors can provide a unique, collected look to the entire arrangement.

5. Call for back up
"Don’t feel the need to curate your gallery wall alone. Ask family or friends to provide their thoughts on your selections and layout," she adds.

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