Everyone loves a gallery wall. I have one of my very own that took me nearly 2 years to complete as I did an entire wall in my dining room floor to ceiling – and, trust me, collecting that much art takes time. Happily, what began as a necessity to try and hide a television on the wall has now become a real talking point in the room.

A gallery wall is a talking point, yes, but it is above all things, a reflection of it’s creator. Art is so incredibly subjective – what I may be crazy in love with, you may feel complete ambivalence towards and vice versa. Like any art collection, it is the person who hangs the art that it is most meaningful to. This is probably why it took me as long as it did, because I carefully chose and carefully edited my collection as time went on. Things have been swapped out, frames have been spray-painted different colours and my own paintings now create part of the scheme.

But how do you go about creating your own gallery wall that’s perfect just for you? Gallery walls come in all shapes, sizes and styles and it certainly doesn’t have to take you two years but it will help if you have a certain look or style you are going for. Unfortunately, as much as we’d all like to just slap some frames up, it takes a bit more planning to create a gallery wall that not only looks great but really tells a story. I find whenever I tackle a decorating project, it’s helpful to have lots of inspiration on hand to really get the creative juices flowing and really narrow down what it is I love and what I can live without.

So if you are tackling a similar project, I’ve hopefully made it a little easier for you to decide on a style by grouping some of my very favourites into 5 different categories – Feminine, Urban, Neutral, Grid and Eclectic. Of course there are variations of every type of gallery wall because the beauty of a gallery wall is that every single one of them is different.  But this may narrow down the types of art you use in your gallery to make the entire look more cohesive rather than chaotic.

 

Of the styles I’ve shown here, which kind of gallery wall is your favourite and why?  I’d love to hear your thoughts! First image: Swoon Worthy / Feminine: 1 2 3 4 / Urban 1 2 3 4 / Grid 1 2 3 4  / Eclectic 1 2 3 4 / Neutral 1 2 3 4

 

By Kimberly Duran on 25.09.13

Guest Contributor

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