I admit it: there’s a chance that I may have an obsession with gallery walls. I had several in my last house, and I’m working towards having even more in my current home! Gone are the days when I was afraid to put more than one or two nail holes in the wall. I’ve seen the light! Gallery walls have tons of advantages when it comes to home decor. If you are trying to fill a big, blank wall, it’s less expensive to create a grouping of several smaller things than purchasing and framing a single large piece. It can be a lot of fun to add personality and visual interest by grouping a variety of shapes, colors, and objects. And there’s something really satisfying about picking out the “theme” that’s going to pull the whole thing together. Today I’m sharing five of the ways I’ve turned walls in my home into galleries.
1. Make it Fun
This wall in my family room is one of my favorites! I started with a recent family photo, and used that as the jumping off point for the rest of the wall. Nothing on the wall is exactly the same, but I did choose colors and wood tones that complemented our portrait. The variety of shapes and colors at play makes it a real focal point in our room.
2. Personalize It
If you are nervous about attempting a gallery wall, then a child’s room is a great place not only to experiment, but to install a gallery wall, period. Gallery groupings are perfect for kids’ spaces because it’s easy to swap out pieces to suit their interests and tastes as the kids grow and change. This wall in Kyla’s room is all about the things she loves, and it was fun to create it around art made with her name.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to using gallery walls for holiday decor. How fun would it be to reserve a spot in your home for art that changes with the seasons and celebrations? I kept the pieces in this patriotic grouping cohesive by using the same weathered wood for the frames.
4. Make It Meaningful
One of the big advantages of gallery-style wall decor is that you can have a lot of variety. I selected pieces in a similar bright, fun color pallet for this gallery in my craft room. As you can see, this grouping didn’t take up as much wall space, but it was filled with things–like my children’s art–that are meaningful to me.
5. Make It Unexpected
The beauty of the gallery wall is that there are really no limitations–which makes them perfect for hard-to-decorate vertical spaces like hallways, angled walls, and other overlooked spots in your home. I brought color and whimsy into what would have otherwise been a ho-hum mudroom space when I created this mudroom gallery wall.
What about you? Have you installed any gallery walls in your home? Do you mix things up or use similar frames and colors? Check out this post for more gallery wall inspiration.
Love your ideas. Where did you get all the arrows you used?
I love the way these tend to turn out– there’s no real wrong way to do them, and the more you mix them up, the more creative and appealing they seem to end up looking. Very cool way to personalize the walls of your home.
Thank you, Brian!
I made them from scrap wood. 🙂
Lately, I’ve found myself absolutely obsessed with gallery walls!! I’m having such a good time arranging (and re-arranging, constantly)! them. I started small, with a mismatched plate collection in my kitchen – but it’s grown by leaps and bounds since!! (My current fave is the family gallery wall in my dining room — the problem there is that I’m running out of space and what started as 1 accent wall is fast taking over the entire room — but this is a problem I love and will deal with in time)! While I am an avid crafter, I am a techno-dummie, so I can’t take a pic to show you — wish I could, though — I’M loving it!!
How fun, Jeanne! I would love to see your gallery room, I mean… wall. 😉