3 Ways To Style A Gallery Wall And Tips And Hacks On How To Hang Wall Art By Ashley Carpenter (Joyfully Growing)
Do you have a blank wall? A gallery wall can be a creative and fun way to bring personality and interest into any room.
A gallery wall is my favorite way of decorating a blank wall. This is a great way to add interest and display your favorite artwork in an otherwise dull space.
It is also super easy to change out prints and frames whenever you wish to make a change.
There are so many ways to create a gallery wall. Choosing the right look for you can be complex, from modern and symmetrical to eclectic and boho.
Mixing frames, colors, and art styles can be complicated and overwhelming, especially when you want to create a cohesive look.
I used the same 6 art pieces to create 3 different gallery wall layouts!
Hanging a Gallery Wall: What to Do and Not To Do
Do not hang your gallery wall above your eye level. Instead, the artwork's center should reach approximately 60 inches above the ground.
DO make a plan. This will help you determine the final product's layout and size in the available space.
DO choose artwork/photos that complement each other and the rest of your room. Again, balance and cohesion are the goals.
Don't hang your frames too close together. This can cause your gallery wall to look cluttered and overcrowded. If you are unsure, two inches is the minimum distance between edges.
Do not hang frames at the same height. This will make it difficult for the eye to see from one piece to another.
- Don't use prints that are too small. When it comes to artwork for gallery walls, larger is better.
It can be difficult to mix colors, designs, and sizes together. I created 3 gallery walls using the same 6 pieces of art. They will look stunning and stylish in every home.
You can use any of the 6 prints I curated from Stockholm Art House or your favorite photos/art. The same design principles apply to creating a gallery wall in any room.
Are you looking for ideas on placing a gallery wall to create a stylish effect?
3 Gallery Wall Layouts (with Sizes).
There are so many ways to create a gallery wall. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to get the look you want, whether you use perfect grids or eclectic layouts.
Pssstttt... Want to know how to hang your artwork on the walls? In the video below, I share my top 2 ways to hang frames.
Here are 3 of my favorite gallery wall designs that will never go out of fashion.
Gallery Wall Layout #1 - Symmetrical
See the layout product page: https://stockholmarthouse.com/collections/gallery-walls/products/gallery-wall-layout-1-symmetrical-design-by-ashley-carpenter-joyfully-growing
Let's begin with a simple one. This layout features a large focal print in the center with two smaller frames on either side.
This gallery wall set is timeless. It's easy to style and will look great with any design for many years. This is a simple way to style a gallery wall. The overall look is clean and polished.
Gallery Wall Hanging Tip: Trace the shapes of the frames onto Kraft Paper and arrange the paper on a wall using masking tape. This will give you an idea of the look of the prints on the wall.
Hang your prints at eye level. Also, make sure you leave enough space between each cutout. As mentioned above, you can adjust the layout using cutouts and tape.
If you are looking for art to decorate your gallery walls, it is a good idea first to choose the largest piece, then pick the corresponding artwork for each of the smaller pieces.
Stockholm Art House has created a page with all 3 prints I used to create this symmetrical gallery wall. So it is super easy to replicate the look in your space using the same prints
Beautiful gallery wall art is just the beginning...
Stockholm Art House
Stockholm Art House is a great place to shop for wall art. SAH is an online art marketplace. Each purchase from Stockholm Art House is made to order, and each artist receives a commission. So you directly support independent artists whenever you place an order on their website. Isn't that cool?!
Stockholm Art House provides high-quality frames and printing. FSC-certified museum-quality posters are used for all of their artwork. They use thick, uncoated matte paper. Trust me, the quality of your gallery wall's paper can make or break its overall appearance.
SAH frames can be ordered when you choose your art. They offer four different colors: white, dark wood, and wood. In addition, the frames are equipped with shatterproof, transparent Plexiglass.
They currently have a promotion where you can get 3 prints for the price of 2! This is an excellent deal for those who need a few prints to create a gallery wall. You can mix and match your prints to save even more! You get free shipping when you spend $150 or more
Stockholm Art House is home to a fantastic collection of art founded by two brothers. Their mom would take them to art museums in Stockholm as children (hence the name). But they became frustrated at the fact that museums were the only place they could see fantastic artwork.
They started SAH together with this mission.
Stockholm Art House is a great place to add art to your home. You can support independent artists and get high-quality frames and printing. It's a win-win situation!
Gallery Wall Layout #2: Square
See the layout product page: https://stockholmarthouse.com/collections/gallery-walls/products/gallery-wall-layout-2-square-design-by-ashley-carpenter-joyfully-growing
This gallery wall design is beautiful. It uses 3 different sizes of frames, but it looks very simple.
This layout was made up of 3 pieces that shared a similar color palette. Although the art styles are different, the soft pastels in each print tie them together.
This gallery wall layout with 3 prints is an excellent choice if you have a narrow space. However, if you have limited space, you could achieve the same effect on a smaller scale.
To create this look, you can also shop my pre-curated collection of 3 gallery wall art pieces.
Gallery Wall Layout #3 - Eclectic, But Polished
See the layout product page: https://stockholmarthouse.com/collections/gallery-walls/products/gallery-wall-layout-3-eclectic-yet-polished-design-by-ashley-carpenter-joyfully-growing
Okay, I'm being honest. Although I prefer minimalist decor and minimal design, I love the look of a gallery wall.
You've probably seen various versions of this whimsical and imperfectly-styled look while searching the web for gallery wall ideas.
Although eclectic gallery walls often feature vintage frames and mixed-shaped pieces, I wanted to recreate this eclectic design with the same modern elements I used in my previous layouts.
This look is easy to achieve without making it appear chaotic or random. You can start by placing your artwork on a floor and then build around the largest one. I began with two prints measuring 50x70cm (20x28").
Planning the layout is vital to ensuring that your display will be symmetrical and eclectic. You can experiment with spacing and combinations until you are satisfied with the layout.
Tip: Gallery walls can have different frame styles and colors, especially eclectic ones. If you are concerned that your gallery wall will look overwhelming or too busy, choose the same frame for all your prints. This will allow you to be more creative when deciding on colors/textures/shapes of artwork.
Mixing frames is a good idea. Make sure you have at least two frames of the same color to create a cohesive look.
GET THE LOOK
You can find all 6 art prints that I used in this gallery wall design bundled together here. In addition, you can recreate the exact look of the gallery wall by choosing the right frame size and artwork pieces.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
These are some frequently asked questions about styling a gallery wall.
How do you hang a gallery wall?
Find tons of tips and tricks on hanging a gallery wall in this video (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE VIDEO).
Gallery walls: When are they appropriate?
A gallery wall is a great way to personalize your home. A gallery wall can be decorated with photographs, artwork, or even a set of gallery walls like the one I have put together here.
Is it time for gallery walls to go out of fashion?
Gallery walls have been in fashion for a while now and will always be in fashion. While the layouts and designs of gallery walls can change over time, they are timeless, especially when you use classic art pieces.
Tip: Use coordinating frames to make your gallery walls look modern. This gives your art pieces a uniform look.
What are the art trends?
I personally don't recommend picking trendy art. You are more likely to become bored with flashy trends and spend a lot of money changing out prints frequently. Stick with the classics instead. This is why I love Stockholm Art House's selections! As you can see, some of my favorite pieces date back to the early 1900s.
Are gallery walls cluttered?
They don't have the right to, but they can. Leave enough space between your gallery wall art and the frames. A good rule of thumb for spacing between pieces is approximately 2-3 inches. This will keep your gallery wall from becoming overwhelming or too busy.
A gallery wall can transform any wall in your house. As a starting point, use one of the 3 gallery wall layouts I have shared to show off your art collection.
All 6 of my favorite art pieces from Stockholm Art House are available here in a bundle so that you can recreate the exact look of these gallery walls in your home.