A great gallery wall can add a wonderful finishing touch to your home’s décor. It’s a great way to display family photos, art collections, prints, and kid’s art – you name it! But what makes a great gallery wall versus a not so great gallery wall? Let’s find out.
The Set Up
First, it’s all in the preparation. I’m definitely for cutting corners whenever I can, but sometimes it just pays to spend the proper time to ensure accuracy on the very first go. Here are a few tips:
- After you’ve collected the frames you intend to use, trace the shapes onto butcher paper.
- Next, cut them out.
- Lay them on the floor to find the desired arrangement.
- Tape each one onto the wall.
- Nail each one into place over the paper.
- Afterwards, remove the paper.
Easy squeazy! It’s so much easier than nailing that first one in and then realizing it’s not quite what you wanted.
Now, how do you know which art work looks best together? There are several different ways to create a pleasing affect with your gallery wall.
- Group them by similar art styles. This design features a collection of different artwork in various frames, but it works because every piece uses bold graphic lines, thus creating cohesion.
- The image on the top right also works because it displays a collection of similar toned seascapes in different frames.
- This design has various artwork sized all in the same way, and in the exact same frame. The interest here lies in grouping on not one, but two walls, to create a wrapped look.
- This idea incorporates different frames. The artwork is unified by bright colors combined with blacks and whites.
- The home of Lindsay Buckingham, features a gallery wall where the artwork is scrunched so tightly that it gives the appearance of wallpaper.
- This design shows more of a comprehensive art collection. It’s successful because the darker toned pieces are placed in the middle of the grouping and surrounded by lighter pieces on the outside.
- This design displays only botanical prints in similar sized frames.
- Lastly, the image on the bottom right works because the frames are all thin and in shades of blacks and whites.
Have you ever attempted a gallery wall? What was your approach? What was the cohesive thread?