Gallery Wall: 5 Reasons to Have One!

Gallery Wall: 5 Reasons to Have One!

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One of the best ways to add your personal style in any space is to create a gallery wall. Gallery walls are compositions (small or big), cool clusters of things you love! I will give you five good reasons to convince you that this should be your next project.
  • Gallery walls complete an interior by adding style and your character. They set the mood in the setting. Their charm is undeniable. They add a sophistication and an eclectic character every time, any time.
  • They are suitable for any space aside its overall style! (And I mean any space whether it’s a living room, library room, a dining room, a kitchen, office, corridor or even a bathroom)!
  • They create a strong focal point thus, turning any wall in an accent one.
  • They make use of your vertical space by creating a whole new layer.
  • They are a low budget project that anyone can do.
The greatest thing about gallery walls is that the options are countless. There is a myriad of possibilities of the artefacts you choose to display (original art, family photos, kid’s drawings, maps, mirrors, wreaths, art prints, hats). You also have the option of using frames of the same kind and size to create rows and columns for a very composed impression. Or you can create your own mix by fusing different frames with different colors, styles and finishes. Any configuration is possible.

A dark accent wall with an art gallery on it. There is gray sofa with a wooden coffee table in front of it and two bright red armchairs that make a great contrast.

Slater Interiors. Source

A gallery wall in a contemporary setting with lots of prints, a glass coffee table and a gray armless sofa with lots of print pattern throw pillows

Lindsay Pennington Inc. Source

The trick is to choose your art but then again, that’s fun! If you already own a couple of big art pieces that’s great news, because you can build around them your composition. Too many small pieces may cause a visual clutter; too big then it might be overwhelming. Personally I don’t like very small pieces because I like to keep things neat, but don’t let me stop you! Try to find a visual balance. (Think proportion and scale). Believe me, this is not as scary as it sounds. 
The layout. Trace each of your frames on some scrap paper, cut those out and tape them on the wall. That is an easy way to experiment with your composition without making holes on your wall. Keep in mind that you may compose your gallery gradually over time and not necessarily in one go. (The sketch below might be of some help).
Sketch of gallery wall arrangements above a sofa

Possible arrangements above a sofa. Source

An art gallery setup upon two picture ledges

Art gallery resting upon picture ledges. Source

Some of you might prefer using picture ledges instead, in order to place your art on it rather than hang it. That’s a trend that is very strong with bohemian chic style fans. In any case I’m a fan of any gallery wall because they are special, full of treasured belongings, emotions and memories. Any imperfection just adds on more charm to them. They are a daily source of inspiration, exuberating a positive aura and a stunning design element in your home decor.

So what’s holding you back?