Inspiration: Gorgeous Gallery Walls
By Katherine Oakes
When it comes to creating a stunning gallery wall for your home, the blank walls of your living room seem to be transformed into blank canvases. In creating a gallery wall, there are a million possibilities…and therein lies the problem. With so many different options and ways to arrange your art, photos, and mixed media it can quickly become a daunting and overwhelming task.
At Modernize, we think that home improvement projects should be enjoyable, especially when they require you to flex your creative muscles. In order to make your experience not only a fun but successful one, try these simple and easy ways to get your gallery wall started.
Black and White
Some of the most popular gallery walls today grab your attention with their diverse array of colors, prints, and shapes. However, a black and white gallery wall can make just as much of an impact visually so long as you wholeheartedly commit to the plan. Be scrupulous in your pursuit of identical frames and photos with a similar look and feel so that the display isn’t so chaotic as it is showstopping. Like the gallery wall above, these arrangements work well with a focal point. Choose a larger photo to hang front and center that will act as an anchor and place the rest of your photos around it to give your gallery wall a beautiful look of organized chaos.
Pick a Theme
To avoid making the tragic mistake of making your gallery wall look more like a mismatched mess of paintings and pictures instead of complementing each other, pick a theme! This is a simple, effective, and fun way to help you eliminate hours of searching for interesting and unique art (not that that isn’t enjoyable in and of itself). Choose images with a bright color that pops—or, like this collection of French chateaux lithographs, something classic and elegant for a timeless appeal.
Play with Contrast
Another way to easily assemble your wall is by experimenting with contrasting colors, textures, and tones. An amalgam of different styles of frames and photos look that much better when they overtly play off of each other in an interesting and unique way. Although this might sound like more work, don’t drive yourself crazy trying to make each piece stand out. Utilize a design element that’s already there, like a colorful wall or one with exposed brick to make the statement for you.