Not that kind of salon! ;) If you don’t know what a salon wall is, it’s time to get in the know. Salon-style describes a certain way to hang art, photos and other wall pieces in your home. It embodies the art of ordered chaos because it’s all about mixing and matching the different shapes you’ve collected. We’ve teamed up with Target Wedding Registry to show you how to create your own salon wall at home.
If you’re getting married in the near future, we definitely recommend registering for a wall clock, a mirror or two and plenty of frames. After all, you’ll have some seriously frame-worthy photos after your big day.
Now, let’s create this salon wall. Just follow these four simple steps!
1. Create and Curate: First, you need to put together a collection. For us that means a combination of creating and curating. We created a few new pieces of wall art for this salon wall, based on the colors and frames we had already selected. See more on that below! As for curation, we love hitting up Etsy, Society6 and 20×200 to find unique and unusual artwork. For frames, we chose an assortment found on Target.com. We’ve got a couple Scalloped Frames ($13 each), an Oval Frame ($21) and a few basic White Frames ($10) in the mix. To change things up, we also added a French Bulletin Board ($20), a Brushed Aluminum Wall Clock ($25) and Moroccan Mirror ($25 for 3) to add some shine to the whole scene.
2. Measure Your Space: Once you’ve chosen a space in your home, measure it! Then mimic the same space on the floor below the wall, or on a table. This will allow you to really plan out your home gallery.
3. Lay Everything Out: Arrange all of your pieces on your prep space — the floor or table as we mentioned above. Take some time deciding on a layout. You may have something in mind that you think works, but go ahead and move things completely around just to see if there’s a better way for everything to hang out. If you’re mixing and matching shapes and colors, be sure to truly mix and match. You don’t want to end up with all the drawings on one side, photos on the other side and so on.
4. Hang: And finally, it’s time to hang! Arm yourself with a Laser Level ($12) and a Drill with a Stud Finder ($50) to get hanging. If you can’t drill or hammer into your wall, you can also use mounting tape, depending on how lightweight your artwork is. You can either start from the center and work your way out. Or you can start on one side and work your way over — it’s totally up to you. The beauty of a salon wall is that it doesn’t have to be perfect!
As we mentioned above, we created a few custom pieces for this wall using contact paper.
Simply cut contact paper into a bunch of triangles in colors that work with your space. Then stick ’em onto card stock to create a sort of mosaic pattern.
It’s nice to have a handmade touch to your home art gallery, don’t you think?
How do you display photos and art in your home? Have you tried creating a salon wall? Talk to us in the comments below.
This post is a collaboration with Target Wedding Registry.