Trial and Design: What makes a successfully “Gallery Picture Wall”

Have you seen those picture “gallery collages” that have become SO popular in home decor? They have been having a major “it” moment in home decor/design recently! What is so great about creating a “gallery” on your own wall is that it it will instantly elevate the “style” of the room, and I love that a specific work of art can give a room its own completely unique vibe.

I love art.

Since moving into our new home, I have come to the sad realization that we have A LOT of walls, and almost all of them are still currently empty. While I like the simplicity of clean (i.e. blank) walls, at the moment our home doesn’t have any unique features that make it feel personal. I had been toying around with a handful of options on what I can do with these empty walls to make it finally feel more like our “Home”. Not surprisingly, I have really been drawn to the picture frame/gallery wall trend. But to be honest I was a tiny bit afraid that in doing a “gallery wall” the room will end up feeling cluttered.

I try to keep my clutter down to a minimum- especially on my walls. That is the only reason I was hesitant to go for a gallery wall. BUT I have seen some really great rooms/walls that are just beautiful, and I decided it would be fun to try. Here are some of my favorite examples! Not too cluttered or overwhelming.


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So, I got to thinking- what makes these gallery walls more successful than some of the other ones that I have seen? Are the others too cluttered? Are there too many pictures? Not enough? What is it about my favorites that make them so good?

Here are my conclusions for a successful “Gallery Picture Wall”:

  1. Not all the frames are exactly the same (but they tend to stay in the same color OR color family), AND there is a variation in the frame sizes & shapes.
  2. There is a color theme throughout the whole collage.
  3. There are variations in the images- some are photos, some have text, some art images.
  4. MORE isn’t necessarily better- too many frames make it cluttered and overwhelming.
  5. There is significant blank space in between the frames (they aren’t all smashed together).
  6. The collage is kept within an “invisible” boundary, and doesn’t spill over that “boundary space”.
  7. There is a specific focal point (a larger image or text) that stands out and gives the eye something to “rest” on.

So taking all of this in mind, I  jumped into my own “Trial and Design” (you see what I did there? LOL!), by trying out a small gallery wall of my own! I decided to try it on a small scale since I unfortunately don’t  have a large amount of pictures and picture frames lying around.

There are some KEY elements in making a gallery wall and about a million tutorials (try here, here, and here) on different ways to pick your frames as well as how to figure out a layout and hang your images, so I won’t get much into that. I do STRONGLY suggest that before you start hammering nails in your wall, you should definitely layout your “collage” either on the floor (and take a picture with your phone so you won’t forget the layout), or cut out templates of your frames on paper, and tape them to the wall to figure out an arrangement that speaks to your aesthetic before you hang the pictures.

So, here is my attempt at my tiny “Gallery Wall”. I want to eventually add a couple more small pictures just above the artwork my son made, but all in all I LOVE the way it turned out! I will definitely be doing another.

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Do you have a gallery wall in your home? How did you do your layout? What are some of your tips and favorite elements about your own “Gallery”?

 

Until Next Time…

 

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