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Gallery Wall Ideas

Gallery wall how-to's via simply grove

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There’s nothing quite like a well-executed gallery wall to really pull a space together. Combining that magical mix of polished yet slightly haphazard, these carefully curated art collections have a way of making a room feel refined and unfussy all at the same time. They’re also the perfect way to display your own personal style and showcase those valued pieces you’ve collected over the years. But even if these galleries often appear to be casually thrown together, the process can start to feel a bit more intimidating when it’s time to hammer that first nail into the wall. To make things a little easier, I’ve outlined a few helpful hints below.

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If you’re stumped about finding the right spot for your gallery, the living room is always a great place to start. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Combining art prints with photographs and various frame styles lends an eclectic, laid back vibe and is sure to be a guaranteed conversation starter.

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For a cleaner look, opt for frames in the same color palette. Just be sure to vary the sizes of your pieces so the collection doesn’t feel too rigid or matchy. And if the wall layout seems daunting, a good rule of thumb is to situate the gallery on the floor before hanging it up.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, choose an unconventional spot for your collection, such as below a staircase. This is a great use of space and a sure-fire way to bring tons of interest to an otherwise overlooked area of your home.

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Gallery walls don’t have to be grand. Sometimes a small group of prints in neutral colored frames adds just the right touch. Incorporating other objects besides artwork is also a great way to up the appeal of your collection.

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And, if the idea of carefully placing and hanging frames still seems overwhelming, there’s always the option of using floating shelves to display your artwork. Not only is this method simpler and less time consuming, it also gives you the flexibility to change up your gallery whenever you like.

Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor 

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Comments (4)

  1. I love the idea of putting it under the staircase… that’s such a great (and unconventional) use of that space.

  2. Putting the pictures under the staircase is indeed a lovely idea. Everything looks so harmonious and neat. Much better than just painting the space!