45 Gorgeous Gallery Wall Ideas That Prove This Trend is Long from Over
Gallery walls are a decor trend that seems to be able to stand the test of time, and for good reason. Powerful, beautiful, and often a cheap artful way to decorate your home, these commanding art displays are a great way to fill up a large empty wall at home, without having to pull out your paintbrushes (and with plenty more personality to boot).
To prove our point, we’ve rounded up 45 of the most glorious gallery walls on the web. From black-and-white photo grids to floor-to-ceiling displays, here are the very best gallery wall ideas — and how to shape one in your own home.
How to Create a Gallery Wall
- Make it yours: “The best gallery walls should be personal,” says Paula McHugh of Belltown Design Interiors, who recommends including photos of your family, your child’s artwork, or your favorite sayings.
- Make it cohesive: Unfortunately, she warns that gallery walls can easily become a “mish-mash,” so make it look cohesive by choosing a specific color palate for your pictures or using matching frames in various sizes. While you shouldn’t be afraid to be asymmetric and don’t need even spacing between items, try to keep the display balanced by not putting all the large images on one side.
- Mark it in place: “Let the architectural features and interior layout guide you to where a gallery wall makes the most sense,” says McHugh. If you can’t visualize the finished look ahead of time, try measuring the gallery area, then marking out an area on your floor and experimenting with different layouts —this way, you don’t fill the wall with holes. When you feel confident with your design, examine it up close and from a distance to ensure it looks good from any vantage point.
Go Bright or Go Home
A gallery wall is a great way to add a little color to your space, especially if you can’t paint because you are a renter. Think of your room as a museum and show off your favorite works of art, photos, and more, all while adding a much-needed splash of color to the walls.
Keep Things Cohesive
If this is your first gallery wall rodeo, here’s a tip to keep the whole project far less intimidating than it looks: have some cohesive elements throughout, whether that’s similar art types, matching frames, or both.
Find a Chic Corner Solution
Have two adjoining walls that could use some art? One of our absolute favorite art treatments involves wrapping a gallery wall around a corner like the three spaces in the slideshow below.
Straighten Up Already
Gallery walls are known to be a big of a crap shoot where it feels like anything goes. If that free for all makes your type A self twitch, there’s another way to get the collected look without the “mess”. Keeping things tidy and neat is the perfect solution to organized chaos. Try lining the whole display up at the bottom, or plot out a square or rectangle and fill in that shape edge to edge.
Keep Things Neutral
Another super useful trick to preventing gallery wall overload is to stick with an all-neutral or black-and-white theme. The look works beautifully no matter what arrangement you go with.
Go Wild & Free
While the first few gallery wall styles we featured here are for the more subtle and structured, if you prefer something that lives and breathes (and grows!), the free-flowing organic look is for you. The beauty of this style is that you can start with just a few pieces and keep adding to it without worrying about messing up a tight configuration.
Liven Up Forgotten Spaces
Hallways, bathrooms, staircase walls and even around your TV: all of these are perfect spots for a gallery wall. It’s easy to go streamlined and simple with just one or two pieces of art in these spots, but dare to try something more and you’ll really see these areas come to life with your unique point of view.
Most often, gallery walls spread out wide, but tall or narrow groupings have a certain modernity to them that feels unexpected and super elegant. Plus, filling a wall top to bottom (no matter your room height) will most certainly extend your ceilings to make your space look loftier than it is.