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The Ultimate Guide

Introduction

19 Great Design Ideas for Gallery Walls

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    Showcase Your Art With a Gallery Wall

    There are so many reasons to love gallery walls that it's hard to choose just one. From an art lover's perspective, there's just something irresistible about showcasing so much of your collection in one group, The end result will say a lot about you—and to you. For the room designer, a gallery wall can be the answer to many of the challenges a room a might pose.

    Requiring less work than wallpaper and less cleanup than painting, gallery walls are an ideal way to bring in whatever your room might need, whether it's color, pattern, or personality. And of course, once you start to get the hang of this multifaceted technique, the opportunities are close to endless.

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    Chic Gallery

    If you've got a lot of wall space to fill, don't shy away from using larger framed pieces. Gallery walls come in all shapes and sizes, so rather than going with an undersized assortment that doesn't get the job done or trying to fill the space with dozens of smaller frames, create an arrangement of larger pieces. This will provide you with the art area you need while keeping the work of hanging it to a manageable level. They're perfectly stacked here on this wall by Helena Nord from Mormors Glamour.

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    Gallery Wall With Lighting

    The sheer number of colors present when a gallery collection is hung on a painted wall makes for an instant attention grabber. When assembling your images, be sure to take your wall color as a base and choose the color of your art accordingly. In this green room by Coco Lapine Design, much of the art on the wall includes white space that both creates gaps and establishes complementary shades.

    But the star of the show is unquestionably the light pink, which not only pops off of the wall but also echoes other shades in the room to create a cohesive look.

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    Pink and Green Living Room

    Pink and green room with gallery wall
    Holly Becker/The Curated House

    When you've got strong color stories running through both your walls and your furniture, your gallery wall can play an important role in drawing your room together. The pieces in this bright gallery wall designed by Holly Becker provide subtle moments of pink and green to tie the walls and furnishings together but also add in pops of blue, red, and white.

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    Floor to Ceiling Gallery

    For art lovers whose collections are too large to contain on just one wall, why not use two? In this room, the connected gallery walls work as a form of wallpaper, covering the space in colorful imagery. Against the backdrop of white walls and black floors, this gallery wall from SF Girl By Bay is an inspired way to create a room full of color, pattern, and energy.

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    Eclectic Gallery

    Dining room with eclectic gallery wall
    Laurey W. Glenn/Southern Living

    Even though they're often referred to as "art walls," one of the most important things to remember when constructing a gallery wall is that they can contain more than just framed works of art. Other interesting wall-mounted pieces, such as antlers or even lamps, can play a role in your gallery wall. Just take a look at this unique wall photographed by Laurey W. Gleen for Southern Living. Such an eclectic selection creates three-dimensional interest that is sure to draw all eyes. 

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    Television in the Gallery

    It's one of the biggest questions that all designers eventually have to face—what are we supposed to do with the television? If that's an issue that has ever perplexed you as a home designer, consider giving this option a try. In the age of wall-mounted televisions, there's absolutely no reason why your TV can't double as wall art.

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    Dining Room Gallery

    Size matters when it comes to gallery walls—or more specifically, sizes matter. Whether you're working with just a few pieces or filling an entire wall, one of the most important things you can do is to vary the sizes of the artworks. When looking at this space from Architectural Digest, consider how boring this wall-filling gallery would be if all of the frames were the same size.

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    Patterned Living Room

    Pattern is one of the indispensable, fundamental building blocks of decor, and your walls are one of the biggest opportunities you have to squeeze in a little more. Just as with color, contrast is a useful tool when choosing patterns for your space. In this living room by Juniper Home, the patterns on the sofa and rug are subtly but meaningfully contrasted by the abstract line patterns in the art.

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    Bedroom Gallery

    This gallery wall from Pencil & Paper Creative Development Co does an amazing job of combining eclectic pieces in various sizes and colors to bring loads of visual interest to this somewhat plain, traditional bedroom.

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    Colorful Living Room

    In a colorful space, a colorful gallery wall is a must. But on this studio wall from Joy Cho, the color goes beyond the artwork. Take a closer look at the frames surrounding the art and you'll find yet another splash of exciting color.

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    Masculine Gallery

    Modern, eclectic gallery walls aren't only for modern, eclectic spaces. Under the right circumstances, a gallery wall can help complete the perfect rustic look as well. This one by 11 Magnolia Lane perfectly embodies a rustic and masculine feel.

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    Vibrant Blue Gallery

    A gallery wall isn't just a great way to add color—sometimes it's the best way to break up large blocks of a bold color. The beautiful blue wall that dominates this space designed by Lucy Feegins, might be too overwhelming if not for the equally colorful gallery wall that both complements and tames the bold wall.

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    Minimalist Gallery

    While the larger, more colorful gallery walls are certainly dramatic, there are more than a few advantages to a minimalist approach. This office gallery wall from A Beautiful Mess combines frames of different sizes with a mostly neutral color palette for a beautifully understated wall feature.

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    Eclectic Living Room

    On the other hand, you can always go bigger. An opulent, over-the-top room may well call for a gallery wall that meets it on equal footing. Just check this unique wall out by Laure Joliet.

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    Vibrant Floor to Ceiling Gallery

    The great thing about gallery walls is that they can extend as far as your imagination. In this case from The Design Files, a colorful gallery wall begins near the floor and soars all the up to the ceiling. A neutral wall texture is a perfect backdrop to many art pieces.

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    Stairwell Gallery

    Gallery walls aren't just for living rooms and bedrooms. Take your art to an unexpected place and create a gallery wall somewhere new. In this stair space from Michael Wiltbank, the stairwell is where it all happens. For a mesmerizing wall display, pair bright colors with strong patterns.

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    Frames of Various Heights

    Here's another great example, from Style By Emily Henderson, of colors that start on the couch and extend upwards via a gallery wall. When using this method in a space with neutral walls, look for pieces that have a lot of negative space. This will allow the gallery wall to echo both the vibrant color story of the furnishings, as well as the neutral story of the wall—all at the same time.

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    Shades of Blue

    From the ceiling to the floor and back. Connecting your gallery wall to standing pieces placed on the floor is a great way to showcase a home that is all about art—as well as the character of the homeowner. Style and Create nails it with this dreamy blue gallery wall.

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    Gallery With Houseplants

    A gallery wall is a wonderful way to not only showcase your taste in art but to pick up on themes in the room as well. Here, leaf-inspired art picks up and amplifies the love of houseplants that is clearly the theme of this room by The Register.