Are Gallery Grids the New Gallery Walls?

published Sep 22, 2018
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Gallery walls fill a void in our heart we didn’t know we had: the need to show off all of our artwork, all of the time. But after a decade exploding with galleries, it’s time for something a little more streamlined. Enter the gallery grid, where themed artwork is hung in a grid—think of it as a gallery wall, sans clutter. The result adds a pleasing sense of order to your living spaces.

Make your own gallery grid using any similar grouping of art, photography, or small framed objects. Need inspiration? Check out these 10 Pinterest-worthy walls.

Minimal Chic

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Black frames make this set of six matching feather drawings soar. The gorgeous, monochromatic art is perfectly paired with the minimal frames. But the key to perfection is pairing the pared-down, grid-like gallery wall with vivid furniture. In this Seattle townhome, a peacock-blue couch, cowhide rug, hand-shaped side chair, and metallic coffee table complement the stark art arrangement.

Geometric Attitude

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Or, use your gridded gallery wall as your living room’s burst of color. In this glamorous New York City apartment, a set of neutral, gray couches, and side chairs balance out this über-bright art. Geometric lines draw the eye across these six matching canvases, creating a kaleidoscope of neon color ideally suited for a sunny space.

White Squares

Stark gray walls get a serious upgrade with a set of 12 small white frames. Put colorful pictures inside the frames to add a subtle hint of color—without overpowering the eyes. Hung above a simple white credenza, this white-on-white combination is a fun way to show off your favorite ‘grams.

Tropical Paradise

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Pretend you’re mere steps from the beach by displaying a selection of tropical-themed photos in a glitzy gold grid. Homeowner Kate calls her Southsea, United Kingdom, home “tropical vintage,” and this living room display certainly shows off that seaside vibe. The shiny square setup will give any mid-century modern-inspired space a coastal Californian feel.

Divine Doodles

Show off your finest scribbles in a neat, neutral grid. All you need is plain black frames, brown parchment paper, and whatever drawings your creative mind inspires. Hung in your home office, this arrangement is guaranteed to spur your imagination and kickstart your next great achievement.

Get Vertical

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Your gridded masterpiece doesn’t have to be a perfect square or arranged horizontally—consider a vertical arrangement for small spaces like your entryway. This setup fits beautifully over skinny side tables or between bookshelves (or both, like in this Boston home), adding visual interest to an otherwise-dull wall.

Black-and-White Minimalism

A gallery wall can still be intriguing without color—just look at this subtle collection from The Green-Eyed Girl. White frames match the white walls, and the grayscale images inside—matted with white, of course—highlight her globetrotting adventures. It’s the perfect setup for minimalist travelers.

Go Off-Grid

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Following a grid—but not following it perfectly—can be catnip for the eye. Virginia ceramicist Marianne Tolosa assembled these painted portraits in a near-grid arrangement, but used two square canvases and two rectangles. As a result, the foursome seems to zoom across the wall, creating movement and interest on a plain white wall.

Crossed Out

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These quirky, colorful photos evoke sunset and shadow. Arranged in this slightly off-kilter quasi-grid, they bring a playful hint of color into this San Luis Obispo, California, mid-century modern home. The grid brings order to the collection—but hanging the art in the shape of a sideways cross is a new, dynamic take on the trend.