Image Obsession: Gallery Walls

Posted on: Monday, December 26, 2011

This image is a favorite because the eclectic design aesthetic looks to be effortlessly acquired over time. I know from experience that too many items on a coffee table can be obtrusive, but I still love the look. Also, I "need" that couch in my life.
Above, the gallery wall takes center stage while the monochromatic color scheme creates a peaceful, relaxing environment. This gallery wall is unique because of an unexpected element that creates visual interest. The bottom row of frames lean against the wall while the top rows pitch forward as they hang from a long rod anchored near the ceiling. The contrasting angles create depth which is not found in a traditional gallery wall.
I don't think I would choose any of the art on display for myself, but it works in this space. I love how the black matting pulls in the coffee table, pillows, and lamp shade. The blue suzani fabric is my favorite element in the space.
I'm still working up the courage (and collecting the art) to create a gallery wall in my home. I have a small one going that I just need to commit to.
Do you have a gallery wall in your home? Any tips?
xx

7 comments:

sampenner said...

Love all these images-I pinned all three! :) Gallery walls are my fave. Great taste!

XO,

Sam
www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

Nikki said...

We have a gallery wall in our home that displays photos from all of our travels. My suggestion is to make sure you matte all of your photos (it makes it look so polished). Also, don't be afraid to use different coloured and sized frames!

Great post!

www.cositabella.com

Alice said...

We're doing a gallery wall above our bed and let me tell you... the selection process is so difficult. Because you have to find something(s) you love and adore (that your husband doesn't hate) and that coordinate with what you already have. I don't just want something that randomly looks good but has no meaning to me. So after 1.5 years, our "gallery" wall still on has two prints. I'm just waiting to find the perfect ones.

Chic Geek said...

Thanks Nicki, such a good point. I need to look into matting. I also think too many small prints start to look like an odd collection of nick-nacks so adding a wide matt will totally help with that.

Alice I totally hear you! I'm discoverying that I'm drawn to super girly pieces... oops! I'm afraid my gallery wall is going to look like a teenage girls scrapbook! I need some masculine colors/lines to ballance everything out. UGH, such a process!

Amy @ Five Kinds of Happy said...

Love these! I am a fan of the eclectic look too - it never gets boring!

FAshiOnistA ErA said...

such lovely images!! great pictures :))

cheers
hanz
www.fashionistaera.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Our gallery wall is in the guest bedroom/extra tv for the kids room. There are many different frames (black ones "sprinkled" throughout), paintings, prints & photos, subjects are numerous but repeating - horses, beaches, land & cityscapes (places we've been) and people within those images (not as the "main character").
Have fun. Loosen up (its just a little nail hole). Add to it when you find a new piece. I like looking at thrift and antique shops.
Cheers!

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