Gallery Walls: The What, Why and How

Gallery walls are very popular in homes today and rightly so! These collections are made up of groups of photographs and prints and oddities that can add to a home’s personality. Each one is unique and special to the creator. They can be small or large, but whatever the size, they always add interest to the room and a place for the eyes to linger. If you don’t have a gallery wall in your home yet, here are 18 tips to get you started!

1. Vary The Size

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One easy thing you can do to make an interesting gallery wall is to vary the sizes of your pictures and prints. Think big and small and everything in between. (via Apartment Therapy)

2. Add Some Mirrors

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Mirrors can help your space looking bigger. Add some to your gallery wall and it gives you an art piece that changes with the light. (via Capturing Joy)

3. A Paper Template

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Use paper and tape to create a template for your gallery wall. You’ll get the look you want before you go hammering away. (via I Heart Naptime)

4. Black and White

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This classic combo is sure to give you a gallery wall that is chic and modern. But it doesn’t limit your options by any means. (via Design Dining Diapers)

5. TV Wall Gallery

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Sometimes the black square that is our TV can become an eyesore. Surround it with prints to create something interesting for the eye. (via Style Me Pretty)

6. Old Family Pictures

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Add some old family pictures into your gallery wall and you’re sure to add some stories into conversations with family and friends. (via Lonny)

7. Old Map Collection

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If you’re a traveller, here is the perfect gallery wall for you. Use old maps instead of prints to decorate your room. You could even use one to mark the places you’ve been! (via Liz Marie Blog)

8. Color Color Color

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The more color you add, the more interest you add. Don’t be afraid of the neon yellows and pinks. (via Oh Joy!)

9. Frames Only

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Who says you need to fill the frames at all! Let them hold their own by choosing some interesting patterns and layering the corners. (via In My Own Style)

10. Kids Art Gallery

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Show your pride in your child’s creativity and make a gallery wall featuring their handiwork. They’re sure to beam with delight. (via Indulgy)

11. Gallery in a Corner

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Losing sleep over what to put in an empty corner? Try arranging a gallery wall in it for a pop of surprise. (via Home DIY Concepts)

12. Symmetrical Gallery

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For the OCD sufferers, don’t worry! You can have a gallery wall too. Put all your pictures in the same frame and matting for a clean symmetrical look. (via Design Sponge)

13. Floor to Ceiling

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If you have imposing ceilings in your home, cover those walls with pictures and prints all the way to the top. Talk about making an impression. (via SF Girl By Bay)

14. Bring the Nature Inside

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Give your gallery wall a touch of nature by framing your portraits with wood. Very eclectic, don’t you think? (via Lay Baby Lay)

15. Gallery On Shelves

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If you’re hesitant to put lots of nail holes in your walls, put up a couple shelves and arrange your pictures on them. (via Apartment Therapy)

16. Forget The Frames

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For a more casual look, arrange a handful of paintings without their frames. Perfect especially for the painters out there. (via Dying of Cute)

17. Up The Stairs

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Staircases are the perfect place for a gallery wall. They can capture the eye in an otherwise dull space. (via Capturing Joy)

18. Monogram It

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Find your monogram in lots of different styles and arrange them in empty frames for a unique gallery wall. (via 9th and Mayne)