Last January I wrote a blog post all about art under $200 because my plan for 2016 was to get some art for our apartment. Well guess what? It didn’t happen! We ended up putting our money elsewhere. But my artist friend Sarah called us out on our sparse as hell apartment and gave me a really amazing art piece for Christmas. Now we have no excuse. We even have a starting point! So from here on out it’s all about picking out pieces and putting together a gallery wall, right? Well, seeing as I’ve never put together a gallery wall it made sense to seek out inspiration. Hence today’s post.
There are great resources out there for putting together a gallery wall but as much as I enjoy step by step instructions, I am a visual person who needs some kind of jump-start. Like figuring out what kind of mood I want to go for. Or color scheme. Or finding a common thread with my gallery wall pieces so I can make something really amazing. If you’re going to adorn your abode in art, you might as well do it right, right? But make sure you picks pieces that are true to you, because the whole point is to subtly use art to show people a little bit of you. It’s supposed to have personality as well as purpose (to beautifully fill an empty space). So here’s your and my starting point on constructing your own gallery wall. To inspiration!
French Couture Loft | Style Me Pretty Living – The gaudy gilded and ornate frames look right at home in this French loft but you don’t have to live in Paris to pull off this look. The mix of old and new is what works in this space so don’t be afraid to mix and match for a lovely eclectic look.
22 Swoon-Worthy Salon Walls You Should Probably Pin | Brit + Co – This gallery wall doesn’t shy away from color and creates a very fun yet cohesive look. It’s so bright! But the focus is on portraits, often with a similar color palette and the occasional contrasty piece like the orange portrait in the middle.
Modern Living in Istanbul | 79 Ideas – For a truly modern space with a lot of metal furniture and decor, balance the room with a gallery wall of mostly black and white prints. This draws the eye to the few colorful pieces and breaks up the monotony of the space.
My Dream Team of Plants at Home | Elle Decoration Sweden – It’s hard for the plants not to take the cake here but the gallery wall is just as good. The key is playing with textures. There is a mixture of prints, paintings, a cross, and what looks like a glass piece of art. Seemingly random but together it works.
Master of Illusion | Domino – True, it’s not an art wall but it’s a gallery of mirrors which is gorgeous and makes the room appear bigger. This is especially beautiful if you have a collection of wonderful flea market finds or mirrors with unique frames.
City Without Walls Lindsay Adams | Lonny Magazine – Creating a U-shape with your gallery wall works well with more compact and cozy spaces like this glam, eclectic bedroom. There’s a focal point in the middle and the rest of the photos work off it.
Sofa Fantasy | Door Sixteen – This is one of the most standout gallery walls on this list because every print makes an impact. But if you’re going to go for a gallery wall like this one, make sure each photo works as a part of the whole. Each photo or print is meaningful on its own but we’re after one cohesive vibe.
Elle Decoration | Yellows – Pia Winther – This is a great way to utilize dead space by putting in a shelf bookcase and doing a gallery wall that climbs up with the angle of the staircase. The neutral art choices pair well with the minimally designed space.
How to Make a Bold Entryway | Domino – Talk about making an impact! This gallery really works to bring the punchy wall color together with the striped stair runner and dark wood and white staircase. The art is a mixture of neutral and colorful pieces that are in the same color palette as the room.
This Tiny San Francisco Apartment Is Our Bachelorette Dream | The Everygirl – A perfect gallery wall for a fashion lover’s office space. Simple fashion focused art prints with an emphasis on black and gold look right at home with the chic black and gold accents around the room.