Photograph by James Baigrie for Elle Decor

There seems to be a bit of buzz lately regarding Gallery Walls so we thought we'd toss in our two cents worth ...

First, there aren't really any rules.  A gallery wall can be anything from a free-for-all of everything one owns hung with wild abandon, to a carefully curated and framed selection of like objects.  Its presentation may be free-form, in a grid, or linear.  Sometimes a client has so many things they want displayed that it's the natural solution to carefully group them together to avoid chaos.  But often the gallery wall is done purely for design effect and drama. 

The selection of framing is always important but the gallery wall will never work if it is not well hung.....

Thomas Jayne

Thomas Jayne

The walls above & below seem to incorporate a collection which has been carefully framed to the piece and professionally hung.  Though it's certainly possible to use the 'cut out brown paper/tape on wall' or "I'll just eyeball it and who cares how many holes I pound in the wall"  methods, usually it's more time and cost effective in the end to have a pro's expertise in hanging and permanently securing each piece.  Nothing worse than 20 pieces which are each just a little bit crooked.....

There can be an overall theme...

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Or not...

Steven Gambrel

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The gallery wall concept can also solve a lot of problems vis-a-vis what do do in a stairwell...

Anne Brahler

Kapito Muller for Bergdorf Goodman's Men's Department

Thank you Jayne!

Too much?  Too eclectic?  Gallery walls can also be more architectural, more geometric, simpler, and more, perhaps, soothing to the eye...

Shelton, Mindel & Associates

Paolo Moschino

Steven Gambrel

Chris Barrett Design

Chris Barrett Design

Nanette Lepore at Elle Decor

Collection of vintage paint-by-number dog portraits at Memento

We often suggest that a gallery wall have some sort of unifying force, be it the subject matter or a similarity of framing but, above all, it must be well hung to avoid that dorm room look of a bunch of stuff on a wall...


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