9 Ways to Shake Up a Gallery Wall (& Take it To the Next Level)

9 Ways to Shake Up a Gallery Wall (& Take it To the Next Level)

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Dabney Frake
Mar 18, 2015
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Gallery walls let you display all things that matter — artwork, photographs, travel memorabilia, and whatever else speaks to you. These wall collages are great if you collect objects over time, or if you can’t afford the cost of one larger piece. Here, we give you nine ways to build a gallery wall that makes an impact...

1. Group Like Items: Jove’s collection of dog art makes you look twice at the grouping of paintings.

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2. Layer: Designer Tom Scheerer's home, seen in the New York Times, uses a huge bulletin board to corral artwork.

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3. Think Outside the Grid: Position pieces at 45 degree angles to add interest to your wall, like this art-filled Brazilian home from Casa Vogue.

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4. Hang Haphazardly: There is something careless-looking about designer Michael Garvey’s bathroom collection of frames, some of which are hanging from leather string, and some of which are hung traditionally. The uniformity of the frames keep it from looking too messy.

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5. Incorporate Objects: Don’t limit yourself to just frames. Hang 3D objects in amongst all the traditional artwork for texture and interest. This London home was featured on Design Sponge.

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6. Pick a Color Palette: This small office space from Lonny is decorated with largely black and white artwork, with just a few hints of pink and blue. It all feels unified and complete as a result.

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7. Create a Cluster: This arrangement artwork from Conal Deeney might be more conceptual than attainable, but I really love the idea.

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8. Jenny from Little Green Notebook made this picture rail, and strung various frames from brass chain at various heights.

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9. Antiques dealer Alfonso Icaza’s Madrid home has a major piece of artwork flanked by smaller clusters on either side.

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