A gallery wall can instantly elevate the style of any space in any room in your home. Gallery walls vary greatly, depending on the décor and taste of the people doing the arranging. They can be the full length of the wall, over a couch or other piece of furniture, going up a staircase, or just about anyplace else.
Select the Art You Want to Include
A gallery wall gives you a chance to make a statement about who you are and what you like. Your gallery is a wonderful way to document and tell a story of your travels and experiences, show photos of family members through the years, display art you’ve collected, display hand-drawn (framed) illustrations, incorporate metal or wooden objects you’ve collected, and much more.
Mix it All Together
Introduce several different materials and textures. Break up framed art with wooden art, metal signs and even natural elements such as feathers, branches, found objects, etc. Have fun using your imagination.
Mix paintings and photographs, black and white with color, and high and low pieces. Gallery walls can consist of your favorite pieces of art, paintings, family photographs, trinkets from trips, metal or wooden objects, and much more. If you’re looking for items to fill your gallery, go to flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, Etsy, consignment shops, your grandmother’s house, antique stores, and other places of interest. Enjoy the hunt.
In addition to the art you select, be mindful of the frames that highlight the art. For a clean, formal, and minimalist look, select frames in the same size and color. For a more eclectic look, mix and match picture frames so it appears that you’ve collected the art over time. If you go online you will find many framing opportunities that are far less expensive than going to and framing shop. You can find interesting vintage frames at flea markets, antique stores, and yard sales.
Tip: If you have an unsightly object on the wall (such as the box for door chimes, why not put a frame around it to incorporate it into the gallery.
Come Up with a Game Plan
Once you have all the art you want to include, remember that placement is everything. Don’t just start hanging. Here are a few suggestions for coming up with an artful wall:
Measure the amount of wall space you want to fill. Then tape off a section that size on the floor. Arrange, re-arrange, and rearrange again everything you want to hang until you come up with the gallery wall that you feel looks best. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, take a few photos for reference. Or cut out paper the exact sizes of your art and tape the cutouts to the wall. Then hang your art one object at a time.
The most important thing to remember is that there is no magic formula for creating an interesting gallery wall. Don’t let the process intimidate you. Just jump in and enjoy the creativity.