Gallery walls are still in vogue... And here's how to accomplish the look!

Gallery walls have graced our homes for the past few years and are still proving popular in 2019. Home galleries are an easy way of creating a personalised, yet chic look in any space. If you thought that gallery walls were simply a mishmash of family pictures, professional photos and artwork, thrown together in a random collection of frames, however, you would be mistaken. We have compiled a list of things to remember when creating your own home gallery.

Black & white monochrome gallery wall by  2to5 Design

Black & white monochrome gallery wall by 2to5 Design

Choose colours that compliment each other

This may seem obvious to some, but when putting together a gallery wall, it’s important to choose colours that don’t clash. Whether that be with a monochrome theme, neutral, earthy tones or bright colours.

Black and white home galleries (shown here in 2to5 Design’s monochrome gallery wall), are becoming increasingly popular, as they give a space a more sophisticated feel. Likewise, light colours and calming, pastel shades (as shown in Courtney Bae’s artwork, also creates a peaceful feel.

Gouache and pen paintings by  Courtney Bae

Gouache and pen paintings by Courtney Bae

Gallery wall by  Peter Sandel Design

Gallery wall by Peter Sandel Design

Frame carefully

However you choose to frame your artwork, keep your style consistent. Perhaps you have gone for a more traditional, renaissance-style gallery wall, or maybe a more modern theme. Frames should compliment both the artwork and the interior of the rest of a room. Gold frames, for example, as shown in Peter Sandel’s gallery wall, compliment darker hues and a more traditional style of artwork.

Avoid a ‘cluttered’ looking gallery wall, by framing your artwork in oversized frames, with large, plain mounting (as show in House of Funk’s design below). This modern style of framing can make any smaller space look both elegantly stylish and less busy.

Gallery wall by  House of Funk

Gallery wall by House of Funk

A collection designed by  Suzanne Kasler

A collection designed by Suzanne Kasler

Balance your sizes

When it comes to the placement of your artwork, it’s important to maintain a balance of sizes and shapes. Gallery walls can often look like they have just been thrown up onto the wall randomly, with little thought as to size or shape of the frame. This is not the case. Larger, more eye-catching pieces should certainly be spread throughout the wall evenly, with smaller pieces acting as accents around them.

It is also important not to place frames too close together if you are working with a large space. Frames clustered together, with little space between them can make a space look too cluttered and can often detract attention from the artwork altogether.

Limited edition giclée prints by  Felipe Chavez

Limited edition giclée prints by Felipe Chavez

Don’t be afraid to Show off!

A gallery wall is the perfect excuse to show off all of your favourite pieces of artwork. It can sometimes be difficult, after all, to choose just one print, or to decide which painting you like best. Gallery walls give you the opportunity to display a lifetime’s worth of art-collecting, your most cherished prints, or even just photos of your family! So be brave and create an art gallery in your own home.

Set of photographic prints by  Aga Farrell

Set of photographic prints by Aga Farrell


 

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