CURATE YOUR COLLECTION
One idea is to use your gallery wall to tell a story of your adventures and experiences, and print photos from your favorite trips for a personalized touch. Not a photographer? Buy prints online, or stroll through a few art galleries or thrift stores in your area to get a feel for what you like.
It’s okay to start small. Hang one larger piece in a central location and build on it over time—adding medium and smaller pieces alongside it as you find them out in the wild. If you change your mind about placement, you can always swap things out and find homes for them in a different room.
Prefer a more casual relationship with your prints, paintings or photos? Rather than adhering them to the wall, try arranging art on a shallow wall shelf or hanging photographs from clips. Then, rearrange or remove to suit your evolving taste. You don’t have to get too attached, unless you want to.
ARRANGE IN ADVANCE
To maintain balance, try adhering to the following ratio: follow every extra large piece with two large, two medium and three small ones to fill in the gaps. Keep the spacing between each picture consistent. Trust us, it will tie even the most eclectic collection together. If you have the wall space for it, wider spacing makes each piece stand out.
So, your landlord won’t let you drill into the walls? No problem. Just look for larger pieces you can lean from the floor or a credenza. Aim for height to make an impact.
KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH COORDINATING FRAMES
Minimalist? We got you. Try a linear or grid arrangement of a few prints or photos in grayscale for a sophisticated take.
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH AN ECLECTIC SALON WALL
Ready for the finishing touch? Take your gallery wall up a notch by mixing mediums. For some wall decor ideas to work in, try brushed silver mirrors, quirky wall hangings and textiles to infuse style and charm. Or for a bold take, turn your reflection into art with a mirror salon wall. You could even go full bohemian and add objects that tell a story like old letters, postcards, sheet music or even historical relics.
ROOM-SPECIFIC GALLERY WALL IDEAS
- Give the dining room a little oomph with oversized artwork in natural hues. Elevate the experience with one or two large pieces surrounded by a trio of smaller ones. For a simple look with big payoff, stick to monochromes with a single color accent.
- For modern living room decor, display a movie poster from a beloved classic film or a still of your favorite leading man or lady beside the television. More of a music-aficionado? Style the wall beside your turntable with vinyl record art or a framed candid of an influential musician. If you prefer a more personal touch, create a photo gallery wall of memories above your sofa with modern frames.
- In the bedroom, aim for a more chill vibe. Try a pair of coordinated abstract paintings in soothing hues above the bed to ease you into dreamland. Step up the display by adding an infinity wall mirror.
- For a unique setting for a gallery wall, hang quirky prints in your bathroom. The small space makes it a great place to experiment and make a big impact.
Article and photos courtesy of CB2.COM