A gallery wall is an artfully displayed collection of photos or objects. We have some ideas, as well as planning and design tips, for you on how to hang a gallery wall that will add a modern look to any room.
We’re here to inspire and help you from start to finish. In this article, you’ll learn designer secrets to creating a gallery wall, choosing style options and planning the project, as well as ways to hang the items. We’ll also give you some ideas for what to use besides photographs to create a gallery wall.
Planning Your Gallery Wall
While gallery walls often look as if they evolved organically over time, they require some planning to get the look right.
First, identify a wall that needs a style upgrade. Good gallery wall candidates include large, empty walls or awkward spaces where traditional artwork doesn’t quite fit (next to a stairway, for example). Another good place for a gallery wall is the first wall you notice when you enter a room.
Next, determine what kind of style you want your gallery wall to be. Take a look around the room; would classic black-and-white images work best with your furnishings and decor, or would colorful artwork or objects make the wall pop? Do you want an ordered, symmetrical wall, or would you prefer an organic, free-flowing collection?
Finally, estimate how much space you’ll use. Do you have an entire wall to play with, or a few square feet? Is it a very vertical or horizontal space? This will dictate how many items you use.
Choosing Your Gallery Wall Collection
You now have a space chosen and a style goal. What will you be hanging? There are two approaches to your collection.
- Unified: A collection of similar items such as photographs, mirrors or dishes
- Eclectic: A combination of items such as pictures, objects and paintings (like the image below)
Some gallery wall ideas include:
- Vinyl album covers
- Framed wallpaper or patterned fabric
- Empty antique frames on a contrasting color wall
- Mirrors in different shapes and sizes