50 Gorgeous Gallery Walls You’ll Want to Try

updated Mar 29, 2023
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Gallery walls are a decor trend that seem to be able to stand the test of time and for good reason. Powerful, beautiful, and full of character, these commanding art displays are a great way to fill up a large empty wall at home, without having to pull out your paint brushes (and with plenty more personality to boot).

To prove our point, we’ve rounded up 50 of the most glorious gallery walls we could find 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.

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.

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A gallery wall is a great way to experiment with color and unique art. Take one look at the display Gray Benko created on The Glitter Guide, and note the coordinating oil portraits in vibrant colors (rather than your typical old-world moody hues). (Image credit: The Glitter Guide) (Image credit: Emma Fiala)

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.

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An awkward corner is NBD when you consider it for a gallery wall scene. Frame a tight breakfast nook with black-and-white family photos (like this one on Elle Decor) to create dimension and help add interest to a tight area. (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

Line It Up

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.

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An exposed brick wall offers ample design opportunity. Case in point: the gallery wall inside this Brooklyn Loft via Homepolish. Score a similar look by hanging clean-lined black-and-white frames in a tight formation on your wall and sprinkling in a handful of artsy accent pieces. (Image credit: Homepolish) (Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Stay 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.

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Retro maps and simple drawings make a big impact amid a natural palette. Blonde wood and black frames like the one in this arrangement from Elle Decor Sweden, bring your gallery wall to a whole new level of sophistication. (Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)

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.

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Who needs a humdrum headboard when you can have a whole gallery wall behind your bed? You can create your own floor-to-ceiling masterpiece, like Libby and Cary on Green Wedding Shoes, with a medley of mediums, or simply hang a few framed prints in a straight line above your bed for a more streamlined display. (Image credit: Dustin Walker for Hutch)

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.

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A long hallway offers a ton of decorating opportunity. The good folks at Better Homes & Gardens suggest hanging pieces in a tight floor-to-ceiling configuration along your hallway walls for an unexpectedly design-savvy scene. (Image credit: Sandra Rojo)

Think Vertically

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.

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A tall, empty wall is no match for a salon-style art display. A big blank wall—especially a white one like this one on SFGirlbyBay—is the perfect place to play with earth-tones and textures in your artwork. (Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)