How to Style a Gallery Wall
Gallery walls are all the rage in the interior design world right now since they're a fun way to add some personality and flair to your home. But if you're not familiar with them, you may be wondering what a gallery wall is, exactly. You’ve probably seen them on Pinterest or in a West Elm catalog—they're walls with a variety of art hung on it, from photos and portraits to paintings and 3-D items.
Because gallery walls are so versatile, they're perfect for a home of any size, style, or design. There are several aspects of them that you can accommodate to fit your vision. First, the overall style of the wall. Do you want it to be artfully mismatched? We have seen many of these look great with a pairing of modern and vintage style, and a wide mix of colors and shapes. Of course, a uniform look is appealing, too. Besides the style, the size of the wall is also up to your own creativity—from a long, rectangular hallway to a more perfect square to even a staircase wall. The possibilities are endless!
Step 1 - Choose the Location
The first step in the process of building your gallery wall is to pick the actual spot. This is important because it dictates how many items you will need, as well as their size. As mentioned before, a wall of practically any size will work! However, make sure to choose a space that won't cause you to feel overwhelmed by the size. Suggestions for great spots include the wall above a decorative table or piece of furniture, a hallway, or a staircase wall.
Step 2 - Choose the Décor
Once you’ve located the spot, you’re ready to choose your items! This is the fun part; for this step, the options really are endless! For best results, choose items that range in size. You can also use three-dimensional pieces. Besides the obvious framed photographs, portraits, and artwork, you can also include clocks, mirrors, letter initials, wooden signs, hooks, and even small shelves to hold plants or other decorative objects. Keep in mind that to get a great look, these objects do not have to be expensive or fancy! Find these things around your house or at places like HomeGoods, Target, or even thrift shops. The more eccentric, the better, in our opinion! You may even want to craft some of these items to customize the color and feel of your wall.
Step 3 - Create the Layout
It’s as easy as that! Once you’ve hung your pieces, take a step back and admire your own work! You have just successfully transformed a blank wall into a statement piece that is sure to be a highlight in your home.