Who doesn't love a well designed gallery wall? This design trend falls under the category of "big impact"! Gallery walls are dramatic yet affordable. Often times you can pull these installations off with a limited budget using existing pictures, unframed artwork and inexpensive frames.
The image above is one of my favorite gallery walls. It was put together by Sarah Richardson. To achieve this look, Sarah spent one afternoon with her digital camera and took everyone of those images. She then used off-the-shelf frames. There was a need to have a few mat boards cut to size. That is easy enough to do at a local craft store.
The end result was gorgeous! This room was in a small, new build condominium. The gallery wall gave the space a much larger look and drew your eye directly to the balcony that featured a great view of Toronto.
Love this sweet breakfast nook. I tend to fill my home with images of family portraits, vacations, etc. It is always nice to catch a glimpse of a treasured memory. This wall is a lovely reminder of special moments. To create a more inviting setting the owners even ran electrical and installed petite library sconces. I bet this is lovely at night.
The above shows a more modern gallery wall. Bold black and white abounds on the walls, frames, and lighting. The shiplap and large sconces definitely give this wall a more modern vibe.
Again...I love that the above pictures are covering a dining area that I suspect is used daily. Drink in family and warm moments. The day-to-day stress of life can sometimes make us forget all the good stuff. This is a BOLD reminder.
I am a big fan of what I refer to as the haphazard gallery wall. These walls are pretty easy to create. You don't have to deal with exact dimensions or placement. You aren't confined to a single color frame. Go crazy with your creativity. You can weave in a clock, mirror, and/or oversized letters, etc. Get all those items out of your attic and go to it.
The above image is yet another option for an easy, yet sophisticated wall. Shelves are an awesome way of creating organization. They also allow for an incredible amount of flexibility. You can shift frames, add, edit, delete all day long. This is a somewhat noncommittal way to tackle the task of creating a gallery wall. I currently use two shelves for my images but, truth be told, I prefer a third shelf. The constant traffic of children forced me to settle on two shelves as I am certain that shelf number three would constantly be under siege from little hands.
I have also done the above look. Ikea carries these sleek frames. I cropped a number of my family pictures and had 12x12 square photos made for the frames. WARNING: They are not fun to hang and do take some time! The frames were somewhat of pain to put together, I wasn't able to use Shutterfly or Walgreens, etc. to make the photos. I had to find a special photography shop online to do the 12x12 images. This is not a quick project. Still I am happy with the outcome.
What self respecting parent doesn't have a home littered with their children's artwork? It seems like it starts in preschool and I am pretty sure I am going to be looking at artwork until their senior year of high school (big eye roll). Why not embrace the creativity and free your refrigerator. I love the above wall. This wall has all sorts of frame sizes that you allow to swap out art with some frequency. I find that kids get very excited when their creations are on display.
Crystal chandelier, patterned carpet, stairway gallery wall...there is nothing bland about
this hallway! Great way to be reminded of sweet memories as you conquer another day.
This wall works because of image placement. The largest frames anchor the space on the left, right and top of the wall. Other smaller frames then fill the space. Black and white always works!
This is the latest iteration of the Ikea gallery wall. I actually want to try this one. It is far easier than the square frames. It looks as though you could put a standard 8x10 into this frame. I also think the elongated frame has a more updated look than the square box frame.
This image is where it all began for me. The OH...SO...talented India Hicks curated this wall ages ago. This image has lingered for the past decade in shelter magazines, Pinterest boards, and, of course, Hicks own lifestyle book. I just fell in love with this style of taking every possible opportunity to share a photograph's story. Under the "no man left behind" category...I thought it was so sweet that she stacked frame on top of frame...as if to say "Join the party".