Having a knack for collecting art comes with the conundrum of not being able to commit to a single piece. This is why I love creating gallery walls at home. My blank, white walls have become the perfect canvas for all the art and treasures I’ve acquired over the years. One room that’s been in desperate need of color and life is our guest bedroom, which doubles as a home office. And since our baby girl will eventually take it over as her own in just a few months, it’s about time to spruce up the walls. Thank goodness for resources like Minted, who offers a wide range of one of a kind art from artists from all over the world. I love that they offer a variety of affordable frames which means in just a few days, after placing your order, a framed piece of art is at your doorstep and ready to be hung, straight out of the box. You can even choose to include the artist’s signature penciled into the corner of your print. Today, I’m sharing my tips on assembling a gallery wall in two different ways. Don’t be intimidated to just jump right in. You’ll be surprised how much character it will add to a room and truly how easy it is to seamlessly pull it together!
1. Keep it simple
A gallery wall can be as simple as hanging 8-10 pieces of art. First, think about the silhouette you want to create on your wall. Do you want it linear, vertical, rectangular or square? Because my ceiling slants towards the right of the room, I wanted to create a diagonal line towards the left. I can’t really explain why except that I’m obsessed with symmetry. Consider the furniture in the room. Decide whether you want the art to extend or be contained by the furnishing that lay against the same wall. Next, select works of art that vary in orientation and size – you’ll want a mix of horizontal and vertical images, in small, medium and large formats. You’ll also want to think about a theme, whether it be color, subject or style. I chose a mix of photography and painting, all with pink undertones.
2. Mix it up and make it personal:
Another option is to keep framed art at a minimum and mix in other three dimensional elements like textiles, wall art, and even personal accessories! It starts with a good foundation of just 3-5 pieces of framed art. Then, it’s as easy as looking around your house for things to add. I’ve collected so many objects and tchotchkes throughout my travels (most of which are just collecting dust in a closet) that I sorted through them and added a few findings to the wall. Sometimes it’s as easy as framing a piece of vintage textile or draping a large necklace over a frame that can add character.
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