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Gallery wall art is a fun trend that have been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been working on one for Denise’s home, and I had so much fun with hers that I put up a mini gallery in my own house.  

There’s something really satisfying about being able to group images that you love all together in one place for your family and guests to enjoy. It’s like spreading out an entire album on the wall.  

I also love that gallery walls can be so random. You don’t necessarily have to find frames that are all the same style and size or group them in perfect symmetry.  

I’ve seen some really terrific layouts for these displays that use a variety of frames and styles. Look at this one in the mudroom, for example.

It’s decor  that can be ultra budget friendly, letting us reuse the old frames we already have or finding them on the cheap at thrift stores and dollar markets.  

There are lots of great gallery wall examples out there, but today I’m sharing five with you that show just how versatile these art displays can be.

Gallery walls possess a unique and enduring appeal, drawing enthusiasts for reasons that extend beyond mere visual aesthetics. Their charm lies in the ability to serve as dynamic expressions of personal style, allowing individuals to curate a captivating narrative on their walls.

The satisfaction derived from grouping cherished images, whether they be family photos, travel snapshots, or eclectic art pieces, adds a personal touch that transforms walls into tangible celebrations of memories.

What sets gallery walls apart is their versatility, providing freedom from rigid design rules and encouraging a mix of frame styles and sizes.

This adaptability extends to various spaces within a home, from living rooms to hallways and bedrooms, making gallery walls a flexible and creative choice for those seeking to infuse their living spaces with both personal connection and visual impact.

These walls become not only focal points but also immersive visual anthologies, offering a tangible and transformative approach to home decor that resonates with the desire for self-expression and storytelling.

1.  On Shelves

This gallery wall at Tidbits from the Tremaynes makes use of classic gallery shelving that was DIYed  for far less than similar looks in the Pottery Barn Catalog.  

Notice how the frames are all different, but the pictures are all classic black and white.

  • Opt for budget-friendly materials like pine or MDF for shelves, easily sourced from home improvement stores.
  • Explore thrift stores for frames of various styles, sizes, and textures to add visual interest.
  • Convert color photos to black and white using free photo editing software for a unified aesthetic.
  • Experiment with paper templates of frames on the wall to find the most visually pleasing arrangement.
  • Maintain consistent spacing between frames using a ruler or measuring tape during the layout process.
  • Incorporate personal items among the frames, adding a unique and sentimental touch to the gallery wall.
  • Consider small decorative objects for an extra layer of depth and individuality in your DIY project.

2.  Without Frames

Lots of gallery walls make use of frames to create visual interest, but this wall at Just Be Blogged demonstrates that you really can just let good photography be the star of your gallery.  

(Click over to learn more about “frameless” frames.)

3.  Thematically

At 71 Toes, all of the photos in this gallery were taken on family vacation.  

The other thing I love about this gallery is the way old windows were repurposed for the display, instead of frames.

  • Curate a collection of family vacation photos that tell a cohesive and engaging story.
  • Find unique old windows with character from salvage yards or flea markets.
  • Customize the windows through sanding, painting, or distressing to match your desired aesthetic.
  • Experiment with different arrangements of old windows on the floor before securing them on the wall.
  • Mix and match the orientations of windows for a balanced and visually appealing display.
  • Affix vacation photos directly onto the glass panes of the old windows using photo-safe adhesives.
  • Experiment with overlay effects by partially covering photos with the window panes for an artistic look.
  • Add complementary decor items around the gallery, such as seashells or travel souvenirs.
  • Optionally, include captions or dates on some photos for additional context.

4.  High and Wide

A gallery wall became the perfect focal point in a big room with a very high ceiling.  

These pictures are very eclectic, but the similar colors and interesting grouping really make them work together in Decor Chick‘s home.

5.  Floor to Ceiling

One of the most talked about gallery walls out there is this one at Young House Love.  

They really committed to the gallery style, hanging their collection almost all the way to the floor, and it looks amazing.

Do you have a gallery wall?  

What do you think some of the best ideas are for creating patches gallery wall displays?  

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8 Comments

  1. I love the wall by Young House Love! I had just gotten our gallery wall aka distraction from the T.V. wall figured out when our youngest came in and practically begged to have the center piece hung in his artless bedroom…. and yes I gladly moved it into his room! (and he was none the wiser about my plans to hang it in the family room because i knew if i said anything he would tell me to go ahead and use it…. and i am really, really happy that he has finally found something that he wants to grace the walls of his room!) All that to say… thank you for the inspiration! I know exactly what I am going to do now!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Great post! I love gallery walls. My favorite tip for hanging gallery walls is to create newspaper templates the same size as each frame and tape them to the wall to visualize the arrangement before you nail. Then, you can nail right through the paper if you measure accurately. In general, I’m a fan of keeping all of the frames the same color (but not necessarily matching styles). I’ve seen folks who can “pull off” the wildly mismatched look, but I think it’s tougher to do.

  3. These are all such great examples for gallery walls. You gave me a good idea for my family room! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Tricia

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