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Welcome to Quarter-Life Living, my outlet to help others bring style and sophistication to their twenty-something homes. Everyone deserves to love where they live, no matter the square footage.

HOW TO NAIL THE GALLERY WALL

If you are like me, then you have oh.... I don't know.... about a bazillion pictures and art prints you want to hang on your wall. Deciding with images make the cut is tough, but thankfully you don't have to narrow down quite as much if you create a gallery wall. I don't have a gallery wall in our current apartment, but had one in both of my college apartments, plus my first post-grad apartment. The pictures changed each round, but here is how I made is all come together every time I moved into a new place (without endless nail holes in my wall).

1. PICK YOUR FRAMES

Deciding what look suits your taste is key. If you want a more uniform look, then pick identical frames in different sizes. For ultra-uniform then even pick the same size. If you'd like an eclectic or vintage vibe, then find an assortment of styles you love. You do you. 

2. CREATE PAPER MOCK-UPS

This step is huge, because the last thing you need to look at are a dozen random holes from getting the spacing wrong. I simply used sheets of paper to trace the size of the frames, then cut them out. For larger frames, I improvised and taped multiple pieces together (thanks 3M). Once you have the cutout, lay the frame face down and mark a dot where the mount is. Pro tip: also be sure to write a descriptor on the sheet of paper to help you remember which sheet goes with which frame.

3. LAY IT ALL OUT

Once you have your cutouts, splay out your actual frames and decide how you would like them laid out. I had a mix of color and black and white photos, plus photos and prints, so I wanted to make sure I randomized everything. This will save you from hanging everything up and realizing you put the only two black and white photos together.

4. HAMMER TIME

Tape up the cutouts based on the arrangement you like. Nail on the marked mount spot and rip the paper away. Voila! You've got perfectly spaced nails to mount your favorite memories and mementoes! Mosey on down the page to fuel your ideas for your own.

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