Floating Gallery Wall

Floating Gallery Wall

Carolyn Purnell
Jul 17, 2012

Let's say that you move into a new rental unit, and you're faced with an immense stretch of white wall. It can be daunting to know what to do with that expanse, especially if you're on a tight budget. Designer Sarah Dorsey recently tackled this issue head on, and with a bit of ingenuity and some basic materials, she created a floating gallery that filled the visual space while still feeling light, fresh, and airy.

The primary component of the floating gallery is Ikea's Diginet curtain wire system, coupled with Riktig curtain clips. Using screen molding, Sarah and her husband David custom-built the picture frames, which they attached to the Riktig clips with eye hooks and thin-gauge wire. Sarah added the floating art to the frames with the aid of a grommet kit and a bit more wire. Using lightweight materials and frames without glass prevented the line from sagging, giving the gallery a more polished look.

While the floating gallery idea is the one that stopped me in my tracks, I also appreciate a lot of the creative art choices that Sarah used. In particular, I'm fond of the Damien Hirst-esque dot piece that she made with watercolors and a hole punch, and I love the black-and-white photograph of her dog, to which she added a touch of bright yellow. The map of places that she and her husband have visited is also a sweet idea that's well-suited to this month's "escape" theme.

This wall solution is great for renters who like the gallery look but don't want to put so many holes in their walls. It also helps add dimension and offers a light, airy feeling that doesn't dominate the visual space, all for under $60.

For a complete how-to and more photos, visit Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

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(Images: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs)

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