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Publication Date: 2014-07-08

Design Insights

3 Ways to Assemble Art for a Gallery Wall

Long weekends can be wonderful opportunities to work on home decorating projects. And since just about everyone has an ordinary, blank, white wall ready for inspiration, why not take this weekend to assemble art for your own stylish gallery wall? There are so many resources online for gettable art pieces, you don’t even have to leave your apartment! While hanging a random collection of art on the wall sounds simple enough, composing a well-balanced, seemingly casual arrangement is, as many have confided, not as easy as it looks. For us, it’s usually a collection of pieces found online, at flea markets, galleries we love, and the personal collections of our clients.


The image above is an example of a gallery wall we created for Style Me Pretty blogger Abby Larson’s family room. To (hopefully!) help demystify the gallery wall process for you, we’ve curated three different, original concepts for assembling art. If you think about pulling together pieces in categories, we find, it’s easier to be successful in your search for works that look good together.

Complementary Colors. One fool-proof way to assemble a collection is to limit your selections to two complementary colors. In this selection , we found pieces we loved (all online!) in tints an shades of green and red. By unifying the look with these two colors, the works all feel cohesive together, despite their obviously different content. All of these schemes are shown to scale, and every single piece of art is available to purchase online! Clockwise from top left: one | two | three | four | five

Unified Color. Another way to approach a gallery wall of art is to limit your selections to one unified color. This works magnificently on crisp white walls. You can see how this bold cobalt blue piece in the center is the anchor for all of the other works. Clockwise from top left: one | two | three | four | five

Mixed Media. And finally, focusing on mixing media in your gallery wall selections is another way to make the pairings interesting. Using different mediums like photography, illustrations, engravings, and textiles gives a gallery wall lots of depth and dimension. Clockwise from top left: one | two | three | four | five


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