A gallery wall brings all the memoirs, images, pieces of art, fabric and frames that you’ve collected over the years. It’s all your favorite things in one place. And it works, because they are all your style, so they all go. Of course some may go better than others, but it’s likely going to be a good flow with what you already have.
If you don’t already have a collection, you can fake it. You can go buy new frames, yard sale frames, thrift stores frames, West Elm frames, whatever you want! And you can fill them with printed pics of your own, posters, online images, magazine covers, whatever inspires you.
I really like gallery walls in hallways and offices. But they can work anywhere, if you like a busier, eye-enticing style.
Here’s a post from CoCo and Kelley’s Cassandra, who is working on completing a gallery wall of her own. Her inspiration photos are lovely examples of the gallery wall done right.
Part of my goal this week while things are quiet around here is to get my act together on finishing up the apartment. I’d say I’m about 60% there right now. I’ve got quite a few pieces picked out that need to be ordered, and once those larger items are in it’ll be time to get down to the details… like how I’ll be arranging my walls.
My apartment has ample wall space for art, and I already have one large piece (this one from artaissance) that will likely go in the hall or bedroom, but I also have a collection of small art pieces and prints – some of which still need to be framed – and I’ve got to find just the right spot to put them all together…
To me, the key to this collective style is the framing. I prefer mine like the two spaces above: a collection of neutrals.
That way, even if the subjects are all different, or the colors or styles don’t necessarily match, there is some sort of consistency. And, I prefer a larger variety of sizes… but not too many tiny frames. It starts to feel cluttered to me. I’ll probably end up framing some of my smaller prints in larger mattes to take up a bit more space. Tomorrow I’ll lay them all out on the floor to see what I have and what I still need to fill in spaces!