Creating a Gallery Wall
An Eclectic Display
Get to know your color and image preferences by putting together an eclectic display from images you find online, in thrift stores, your photo collections, the artwork of a child, your artwork when you were a child, the artwork of your favorite artist, the possibilities are endless.
Consider the size and shape of your wall. Is it short and wide or long and narrow? Start with an image that you love and use it as an anchor piece. Choose one that has a color scheme that you love, then you can tie it in with the similar colors that are in your other pieces. Layer in additional works in a variety of sizes to evoke a collected over time look.
If you use the rule of 2/3rd this means that you want all of the pieces in your gallery to have some similar aspects, but they’re not too matchy-matchy. The main theme could be pulled from you’re the color palette of your anchor piece, and the sub-theme could be pulled from:
- The frame type (ie; wood, metal, ornate, or golden)
- Use a variation of frame sizes, or go with all the same size frames
- All the same frame color, or two different colors
- One image type (ie; all animals, flowers, cars, hats, whatever you love)
Look for a mix of originals, prints and different mediums, and if you can throw something in there that adds texture or dimension like a tapestry or woven wall hanging, then that’s the cherry on top. Eclectic galleries can crop up anywhere, but kitchens and entry ways are good places to start and when you feel more confident you can take on a feature wall elsewhere in the house.
Loose layouts should be structured based on where you want to take the eye of the viewer. They usually work best with a continuity of color palette in a variety of sizes, otherwise they can look undecided and messy.
The overall shape can be arched, curved, triangle, uneven grid or crossword layout, but it should reflect the shape and/or color of the furniture that it is complimenting, whether it be a desk, bar, narrow dresser or shelving unit, the display is an extension of that item’s style.
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Half Way up the wall...
This is not a feature wall display, it is one meant to bring harmony to the furniture that sits beneath it. A dining table, a sofa, a dresser, a bench or a credenza would work well for the lower part of the wall. The display palette acts as a complement to the furniture but doesn’t blend in with it. It should raise the eye of the viewer to take in the room as a whole, pulling color from all around. If you want it to really pop, rather than recline, then make accent colors prominent in the display.
High ceilings and clean flat walls are a must to make this all encompassing display work and be sure that your display pieces can be seen from a sitting or standing position in the room. Incorporating a collected over time display with a variety of frame sizes can really enliven your space.