6 Steps to Create a Nursery Gallery Wall

After you've painted your nursery, assembled the crib and changing table and organized the space, you might be itching for a new project to keep you occupied until your baby arrives. All of the essential pieces of furniture you'll need for your baby are already there--now is the time to put on the finishing touches. Nothing pulls a nursery together quite like a gallery wall. Here are a few tips on how you can create a custom gallery wall that will serve as the backdrop for many cherished memories and pictures to come.

1. Choose a Theme

The first thing you need to determine is what theme you'll use to anchor your design. Although the theme can be as simple as cowboys, superheroes or princesses, it can also be some wall prints or pictures as a great building block. Think of the theme as the starting point: it'll help you narrow down which accessories and trimmings to use in your nursery gallery wall.

2. Pick the Main Features

After you've settled on a theme, the next order of business is deciding what you want your gallery to convey. Do you want it to be flashy and glamorous? Do you have a lot of elements, like frames and wall accessories, to include? What colors are you interested in?

The main features are your gallery's calling cards. They can be prints based on the theme you've chosen, decals with beautiful quotes or a showcase of evocative items like hats, baby shoes and so much more.

3. What to Include in Your Nursery Gallery Wall

A nursery gallery wall is the focal point of the room. We at Pottery Barn Kids recommend opting for balance and hassle-free features.

Instead, opt for harmony between pieces and take advantage of different shapes like rectangular frames and circular embroidery or accessories. A well-matched combination is incredibly visually appealing.

Lastly, don't forget to play with visual depth. Select some texture pieces to include on your wall--after all, adding some 3D touches can make your nursery gallery wall all the more whimsical.

4. Arranging the Pieces

There's no tried-and-true way to approach the arrangement. The best way to get the results you want is to tinker with the design until you're satisfied. To that end, we recommend you section off the area you intend to use for your nursery gallery wall with masking tape. That way, you have well-defined boundaries and can work within the available space.

Balance isn't the same thing as symmetry. You don't need to put similarly-sized frames on each corner and try to create a mirror image of each side of the nursery gallery.

The ideal way to achieve visual balance is to be mindful of the shapes you're putting side by side. Don't concentrate all of the rectangular or square shapes on one side and oval or circular shapes on the other.

5. Hand-Painted Elements

A lot of parents personalize their child's nursery by featuring the first initial on the gallery wall or by adding some hand-painted accents to the gallery as a whole. This is a wonderful, heartfelt way to give extra warmth to your baby's room. We recommend you add these types of flairs after you've arranged the other pieces and sketch them out before finalizing the work. That way, you can be certain it's exactly how you want it.

6. How to Hang Your Nursery Gallery Wall

Once you've achieved the arrangement you want, it's time to put your nursery gallery wall together. Mark the wall with the precise locations of where you'll need to use nails to put the frames up. Make sure everything is well-aligned before you begin.

Any time you're adding to a nursery, your primary concern should always be safety. While it's true that your newborn won't be reaching for the gallery anytime soon, infants and toddlers can grow to be very inquisitive and adventurous. For that reason, it's vital that you child-proof the gallery by making sure there are no sharp edges. Use light-weight materials and reinforce the attachments to the wall.

How you construct your nursery gallery wall is a personal choice and comes down to your tastes. Finding all the frames and pieces you want is an adventure, so be sure to take your time and savor the experience. You're creating a lasting bond for your child and the nursery you've envisioned for them.

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