Coco LaPine Design
Gallery walls are having a major design moment right now. They offer a stunning way to display multiple pieces of your favorite art, photographs, or memorabilia and immediately enhances the style of your space. The end product may be beautiful, but there is a significant amount of planning that is involved.
Be sure to choose pieces that complement one another and work together, even if you are going for an eclectic look! An easy way to achieve this is by having one common element throughout, such as all of the frames are one color, or the images themselves all contain similarities. Remember, if the pieces you choose are too small, the wall may begin to look cluttered and messy; so mix up your sizes as well as the orientation (vertical and horizontal) of the pieces. Lastly, remember to leave enough space between items!
Once you have your pieces selected, the layout of the wall comes next. Whether it be hung above your sofa, or up a stairwell, there are six basic layouts involved. From there, you are able to create almost anything you can imagine. We ve laid out some classic examples here for you!
The Grid is the most basic of all gallery walls. Choose the exact same frame for each piece and space evenly apart. This layout works great with any size frame and any amount of pieces you are able to fit on your wall.
The Anchor is a very popular layout and one of the easiest to achieve. Choose one main, large piece to become the focal point and then place the remaining pieces around that. The smaller items will keep the viewer s eyes bouncing around and fill in the space nicely.
The Even Edge
The Even Edge is one of the most common layouts of gallery walls. Pieces can be any size, and the space between may vary, but keep the exterior edge even all around. This approach will create either a square or a rectangle full of individual pieces. When laying this out, view it as a puzzle and work with each piece to find it s home within the large overall shape.
The Butterfly gives you an aura of symmetry; it allows you to set multiple larger focal points and decrease your frames in size as you spread further out. Another variation of this includes The Reverse Butterfly, where the larger pieces are on the exterior and the smaller ones are towards the center.
The Fade Out
The Fade Out places the largest items in the center of the gallery wall, while then hanging each of the smaller items around it concentrically until you are finished. Another option of this style is The Spiral; start with the center frame and then spiral outwards with the other frames with even spaces between each piece.
The Eclectic is the most visually exciting gallery wall, but the most challenging to accomplish. This layout has no true form. Instead, mix and match anything you can find; sizes, colors, frames, compositions, themes, etc. Try to find a common bridge, but keep in mind not everything will match. Be careful in your choices and spend time trying different options to find the pieces that will work best in your space.
Charming and visually appealing to look at, gallery walls are not easy to create. Try different layouts on your floor before committing to the final product. You can also mix in sculptural pieces with two-dimensional art to add depth to your wall. If you truly want to keep things simple, try a gallery ledge instead. This allows you to rotate your cherished art and photos more frequently. And don t forget to have fun!
Visit our showrooms in Southampton and Ship Bottom to view our own gallery walls and ask our talented designers how they can help you achieve a look that s all your own!