A gallery wall or salon wall is loosely defined as a collection of items: framed artwork, photographs, and personal treasures hung in a grouping. In general, the best place for an ideal gallery would be on a large wall that lacks visual interest. This could be a blank wall in your living room or even your staircase. If you don’t have one large wall, gallery walls can be hung around windows, around doors, above bed heads, above and around fireplaces, or even around cabinets in a kitchen. The world is your gallery, you just need to decide how you want it to function.
To make a great gallery wall, start with your favorite images like photographs, drawings, or art, and then start adding in the things you cherish like postcards from favorite vacations, your grandmother’s dishes, jewelry, or pieces from your favorite game. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a wall that looks like one. Just be creative and purchase affordable frames and it’s off to the races! We decided to find some excellent walls to inspire you. Check out these 15 gallery walls that will make you want to grab a hammer and some picture wire!
Bright and Pink
Don’t be afraid of color because it will serve you well. Check out this vibrant gallery wall that brings so much attitude and pop to the space. Please believe that pink and other pale colors can act like a neutral and will look great against many varied wall-hangings.
Pop After Pop
Be sure to incorporate different shapes into your gallery wall. While a wall of squares and rectangles looks stately, a wall that includes different shapes will bring more interest and play for the eye. As you can see here, there’s not much rhyme or reason and it totally works!
Spice up your home office now that you’re spending more time than ever in it. As you can see in this handsome room, keeping things neutral and mellow without any neons or overly bright artworks will bring a calming effect. One look at this wall and you’ll feel motivated to take a deep, healing breath.
Neons on Grey
If you’re going for a darker paint color on the walls like grey, you can get away with a ton of color. The hot pinks and vivd yellows here, balance out the darker color and give a space so much character.
Eat Your Heart Out, Dorian Gray
If you can swing it, a wall of portraits that stretches to the ceiling is never going to let you down. This person was not afraid of mood and shows. If you absolutely love a color, in this case blue, surround yourself in it. You can’t go wrong with colors and textures you love.
Welcome to the Atelier
The person who shared this image wrote that they were going for an artist’s studio look. We definitely feel those vibes. There are so many raw textures in the room that simple black and white artwork helps bring simplicity and order to the space without making it appear too busy.
Not going to lie, this image made our toes curl. If you’re after an ultra-polished, curated look, pick a color scheme and stick strictly to it. It’s not easy, but as you can see, it definitely pays off.
Straight and Tidy
Some people value order and clean lines in a space. Here, we find a gallery wall that uses the same sized frames for each piece of artwork. Pictures you’ve taken of your family, vacations, pets and other subject matter will all work well. You don’t need to spend a fortune on art when your family is the most beautiful thing on the planet.
A Bathroom Punching Above Its Weight
People get weird about decorating small spaces. This powder room would look rather sad without all the pictures on the wall. If you’re renting or don’t want to paint, this is an excellent option to bring color and dimension to a small space.
Hanging your art this tidily might make your head explode, but the attention to detail really pays off. Black frames look extremely sharp against a white backdrop. Take a look at how this gallery wall is hung slightly lower than you’d expect for the height of the room. It allows that natural light pouring in from above to really wash the walls.
Bold and Bright
If you want to paint a wall dark green, blue, crimson, or any other bold choice, go for it! Add tons of colorful art and pictures and you’re in the money. People have a tendency to want to space the art out on a wall but we find that cramming as much in as possible generally makes you feel better.
This would be the polar opposite of the last wall we looked at. If you’re after a cloud of a room, consider light artworks with a similar color as your paint to help give an impression and not a full-blown statement.
A mint-colored wall lends itself well t bright pinks and yellows which this person has run with. This looks casual and fun and like a perfect place to relax with family and friends.
Bohemian and Relaxed
It doesn’t need to look stuffy to feel sophisticated. This gallery wall has several pieces hung from a chain that creates triangular shapes on the wall. It brings complexity and helps break up a grid of rectangular shapes. What a dream!
Care About Your Stairs
As everyone knows, the staircase is an ample area to throw your art on. This thoughtful wall includes complimenting art in neutral colors to make it feel very well-thought out and composed. There’s not a hint of chaos in this space and we love how mellow it feels.
There you go! 15 gallery walls to inspire your picture-hanging ambitions. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, but these folks have figured out a way for their art to work in their space. These walls make a room feel personal and more like a home.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Bright and Pink
- 2 Pop After Pop
- 3 Mellow
- 4 Neons on Grey
- 5 Eat Your Heart Out, Dorian Gray
- 6 Welcome to the Atelier
- 7 Pastel Dreams
- 8 Straight and Tidy
- 9 A Bathroom Punching Above Its Weight
- 10 Funky Fresh
- 11 Bold and Bright
- 12 Botanical Fantasy
- 13 Rainbow Bright
- 14 Bohemian and Relaxed
- 15 Care About Your Stairs
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