Today I want to talk to you about your walls. Yes, you know those tall things we put paint on or wallpaper over to make our space feel more like our sanctuary. We sometimes even brave it and hang a poster or two so it doesn’t look too bare or boring. If you are thinking about tackling that bland wall let me suggest you hang a gallery wall. Trust me I hear you when you say, are gallery walls still a thing? I say YES. Do you know how to plan yours to not be like all the rest of them? Well, let me give you a few tips that might help you out.
Trust me I hear you when you say, are gallery walls still a thing? To that, I say YES. It’s a perfect way to add interest to a wall and incorporate your unique personality into your interior.
Do you know how to plan yours to not be like all the rest of them? Well, I have a few tips that might help you create a creative gallery wall.
The most important thing with planning a gallery wall is to have fun with it. You can move things around if you don’t like the end result. Right off the bat, I have an extra tip for you. When deciding on the configuration of your gallery use kraft paper to make a mock up before making holes in the walls. Trace the shapes of your items onto the kraft paper and stick them to the wall with masking tape.
1 Mix vintage and contemporary art
Use a mix of vintage and contemporary art pieces or posters to create a unique gallery wall.
Image: The Every Girl
2 Add a quirky item or two to break up the symmetry in frames
Don’t just stick to posters or art to build your gallery wall. Include a meaningful piece like baby shoes, a mirror or a piece of taxidermy (real or faux).
3 Show off your collections
Get all your prized possessions in one place and display them for all to see.
4 Mix different types of art
Think a mix of posters, paintings, originals and prints.
Image: Desing Indulgences
5 Hang your gallery at an unexpected angle
Use that unloved corner of the room to hang your gallery wall. It’s fun and unexpected. In my book a double win.
Image: A Cup of Life
6 Mix frame sizes and frame colours
Use a combination of frame colours, materials and sizes to add extra intrerest to your gallery.
Image: Zeke Ruelas for Oh Joy
7 Limit your colour pallet for that minimalist feel
Like in this example by Buk & Nola the use of white and light wood frames in combination with the pastel colour pallet makes a bold statement without being loud.
Image: Buk & Nola
8 Keep it simple
Working with just a handful of pieces that compliment each other is a good way to go in a space that has to be more subdued like a bedroom.
Image: Avenue Lifestyle
9 Go all out on a tall wall
If you happen to live in a loft or a space that has super tall walls you are in luck. Adding a giant gallery on a wall will help create that cosiness in a big room.
Image: Lonny Magazine
10 Add a shelf
Group your pieces on a shelf and layer them. If you keep the colour pallet monochromatic like in the picture below you’ll get that cosmopolitan look.
If you liked this roundup check out my other roundups here. Now that you have some ideas to incorporate into your next gallery wall I would love to know wich ones you are going to try out. Let me know in the comments below.