Enhancing Gallery-Style Art Walls

Enhancing Gallery-Style Art Walls

Micki Howl
Feb 1, 2011

We've seen gallery-style art walls in many homes and design publications over the last couple of years and while they seem easy to construct at first glance, they really aren't foolproof.

Layout, theme of artwork, sizes of frames and spacing are all considerations that must be contemplated carefully. If you've had difficulty with any of these aspects when hanging your gallery, I've found a few 'off the beaten path' directions to consider in order to enhance your gallery-style art wall.

1. Give it a border
Try an interesting border to enhance your gallery. If you have large ceilings or long white walls, this can really focus the attention on the gallery in any room. A border will also ensure that the smaller, detailed items will not be missed.

2. Add a mirror
Adding non-traditional items to the collection can appeal to the eye since it won't be looking for the symmetry within the artwork. A large mirror like the one pictured can also bump up the overall size of the gallery.

3. Hang it high, and low
If you have the space, and a large amount of art, this direction may appeal to you. This works in a high ceiling with an abundance of natural light scenario. Use strong prints with bold and heavy coloring. Smaller, detailed artwork would be overlooked in a collection this large.

What additional tips or tricks have you tried to enhance gallery style walls?

1. CasaSugar
2. Unifying Artwork: Theme Gallery Walls
3. How Do You Choose Your Art Gallery Layout?

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