Thought the gallery wall was old news? Think again. Modern homes are mixing up their gallery walls to create some show-stopping displays.
We’ve sifted through our Livingetc archives and found some of the most striking gallery wall ideas, ranging from colourful, eclectic walls and vintage-inspired looks to rock ‘n’ roll gallery walls in the homes of Pearl Lowe and designer Rory Dobner, and classic gallery walls of framed black and white photography. We’ve also found some highly unusual gallery wall ideas including plate walls, hat walls (Studio Peake gives a fresh take with a wall of Fez hats in a bedroom), a wall of mirrors and even antlers.
If there’s anything these stylish gallery walls can teach you, it’s that a bit of restraint is key to creating a calm and cohesive scheme. For example, curating a collection of prints all within the same colour scheme, be it neutrals, pastels or monochrome. Alternatively, if the prints are a mix of colours and styles then keeping the frames identical. A neat and tidy grid formation is also an easy way to update a gallery wall, giving it order. Use a row of framed letters to spell out a word, or co-ordinate a series of neon-framed cartoons in a structured grid formation.
Love the vintage look? Contrast vintage oil paintings and traditional gilded frames against contemporary furniture. For something altogether a bit different, layer artworks over wallpaper or contrast it against a darker background for a display that’s less conspicuous.
Some of these homes showcase collections of plates, skulls and taxidermy, while some throw out the rule book entirely and mash everything up in an artistic display of, well, everything.
This living room gallery wall has a very edited feel, owed to the modern furniture, white walls and very pared-back prints.
Get the look: Millwork is custom by Gachot. Coffee table is Yves Klein edition; ‘Bleu Klein Pigment’ from David Gill Gallery. The chair is vintage; Pierre Bacou from Demisch Danant. The sofa is the Howard sofa from Egg Collective in Rogers and Goffigon upholstery. Side table is from Monologue London. Art is a collection of Ansel Adams and Baltz photographs, Chric McCaw Slashed, Silver Paper Work, Sophie Calle Mixed Media Piece at the centre.
This collection of colourful portraits was snapped up in a junk shop.
Get the look For similar kitsch artwork, try Rockett St George. This is a vintage Milo Baughman dining table. Talisman stocks his designs. The upholstered chairs are from Artistic Frame. Nordic Style sells Gustavian chairs like these. The Vistosi pendant is vintage Seventies.
A gallery wall gets a festive feel with eclectic decorations and paper chains.
Get the look: The paper chains are from The Shop Floor Project.
This gallery wall is in clothing brand Tuckernuck's head office and features favourite images from past Tuckernuck photo shoots.
This plate wall keeps growing and is a work in progress; the owner keeps adding to it as he finds new pieces and arranging as he sees fit.
Get the look: Top left, Helen Stevens at Liberty. Fornasetti. Bulldog found in Brooklyn. Cat and Dog plates from Wilson Stephens Jones. Tanssi (foxes) by Klaus Haapaniemi for Iittala at Skandium. Rory Dobner at Liberty. Small red plate from John Derian. Along the bottom, various plates bought on travels to Japan.
The dining area has a pared-down colour scheme of off-white and warm wood tones, while natural wood textures and a gallery of art work add visual interest. This gallery wall feels cohesive thanks to its cream, beige and black colour palette, further reflected in the dining furniture.
Get the look: The oval dining table was a gift. The antique dining chairs came from Conjeaud & Chappey. The artworks are primarily portraits collected over the years. The black ink picture in the centre is by Kiki Smith.
Vintage mirrors in different shapes and sizes create an eye-catching feature in this black cloakroom space. Vintage inspired portrait drawings were squeezed in between.
Interior designer Crystal Sinclair collected breadboards over time, and used them to create a rustic gallery wall.
Get the look: Corner sofa is by interior define, woodboards collected from antique shops, etsy, and chairish. floor lamp from chairish. Serge Mouille inspired ceiling light from amazon. pillows are all etsy, green chair is Anthropologie
This gallery wall sits in Pearl Lowe's country kitchen and features an eclectic mix of pictures that were collected over time, along with an ‘I’m Not Sorry’ lightbox by Zoe Grace.
Get the look: Find alternative versions of Zoe Grace’s Sometimes It’s a Yes artwork at Lawrence Alkin Gallery. The Orange blossom candle is by Pearl Lowe Lifestyle.
A wall of pastel plates creates impact in this dining area (the dining plates make rather fitting decor).
Get the look: The plates are from Toast. This is the Hague chandelier by Abigail Ahern. The table was made bespoke, with legs from Wicked Hairpins. The dining chairs are from eBay. The Sex Pistols artwork is by Jamie Reid at Isis Gallery. The rug is from CarpetVista.
Almost too organised to be deemed a gallery wall, this set of five framed prints spell out a word to create a relaxed snug that's forgiving for procrastinators.
Get the look: The sofa is by Minotti. The cushions are from The Conran Shop. The Delay artwork is by Shannon Ebner.
Zoe Feldman designed this office space for Tuckernuck's. The gallery wall features toungue-in-cheek renditions of emojis, done by Tuckernuck’s Creative Director Sophie.
A carefully curated mix of antique and modern gives this home a unique style and sense of personality. Here, vintage oil paintings in gilded traditional frames contrast against the modern rug, chaise long and of course the classic Saarinen tulip side table.
Get the look: Above the chaise is a collection of floral paintings by James Stuart Park. The chaise is by Matthew Hilton.
We've frequently seen gallery walls of panama hats or straw hats, and they create a relaxed, beachy look. But here designer Studio Peake created an English eclectic look with fez hats.
Get the look: Headboard is made bespoke by Studio Peake in Penny Morrison fabric. Cushions are Susan Deliss. Bedside Lamp is made from an old stair spindle. Bedside table is Kalinko.
Similarly, this pastel themed dining space boasts an eclectic gallery wall that feels calming and unobtrusive. The painted radiators work well with the vintage paintings. It’s colour coding, but with the end result feeling fluid and flowing rather than too obvious.
Get the look: The dining table is by DT-69. The Ant dining chairs are by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen at Republic of Fritz Hansen. The glass pendant shades are vintage finds. The wall lights are by Terre d’Hautaniboul. The flooring is from Timbered.
A collection of Rory Dobner plates creates a striking display, while the monochrome palette and signature style help to keep it feeling cohesive and uncluttered.
Get the look: Plates by Rory Dobner
For an even more gothic take, this cluster of deer skulls create an eery gallery wall.
Get the look: The bed is from And So To Bed. The overhead lights were made by Matt – the Feiss Adams 3 light pendant at Kes Lighting is similar. The velvet print cushions are by House of Hackney.
Again, this gallery wall has a cohesive and organised feel due to the restrained colour palette. The black frames are further echoed in the black wire chair and floor lamp.
Get the look: The vintage Murano chandelier and stainless-steel sm05 chair by Cees Braakman are from Atomic Antiques.
Purple offers the perfect backdrop for the eclectic mix of high- and low-end artwork in this study. It helps make the artworks pop without seeming to loud or busy. The artworks come from junk shops as well as galleries, creating a deliberate collector’s mix.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pelt estate emulsion. The mid-century Brasilia rosewood desk by Danish designer Kai Kristiansen is from Two Columbia Road. Find the Cherner chair by Norman Cherner at Aram Store.
Similarly, this bold blue hue creates a calming and cocooning effect, and seemingly swallows up the gallery wall – preventing it from feeling too obvious.
Get the look: The sofa is by George Smith, trimmed with a linen fringe by Nicky Haslam. This is the Pigeon print by Hugo Guinness at John Derian. The Baobab table lamp is by Porta Romana. The curtains are made in Raoul for George Smith’s Madras in Delft.
This gallery wall takes a completely opposite approach; multi-coloured frames inject fun and personality, while a structured grid formation creates a cohesive and organised look. The series of cartoons – framed in neon – is by Terence ‘Larry’ Parkes.
Get the look: The Victorian-style tiles are from the London Mosaic. The table is an Irish antique. Find Larry cartoons at Chris Beetles Gallery.
The Novogratz added interest to a loft staircase by creating a gallery wall of family photos, all in black frames.
A matching trio of illustrations on brown paper, framed in dark wood frames, create a calming and restful backdrop in this dining space. Dark-wood finishes and a chic rust-effect steel table complement each other perfectly, while the artwork makes a striking visual display.
Get the look: This is the Terni table by Heron Parigi. The chairs are from Liberty. The prints are by Alaric Hammond. Try Element7 for stained parquet flooring in this style.
A gallery wall of black & white family photos, all framed in white, hangs above this wall-mounted sideboard in a master bedroom. The effect is calm and grown-up.
Along the same lines, this collection of framed butterflies sits together perfectly. By framing the top half of a doorway it doesn't become the focal point of the room, and blends in to the rest of the room.
Get the look: Some of the taxidermy butterflies are from Dig Haüshizzle in Bristol, some were sourced on eBay.
Serene pastels and white frames create a much softer and more neutral space in this living room.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Parma Gray estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The sofa is vintage Stouby. The rug is by Designers Guild. The cushions are made in Josef Frank’s Manhattan fabric. The photographs are by Nick Meek.
This particular gallery wall has completely thrown out the rule book. It mashes up vintage family photos with illustrations, initials, mirrors, wall tiles and even taxidermy.
Get the look: The dodo is by Mister Finch. The frames and lamp are vintage finds.
This traditional style gallery wall adds a funky focal point and makes the most of otherwise wasted wall space.
The eclectic group of pictures include postcards by artists such as Billy Childish, from the Royal College of Art’s Secret sale. All black frames help tie the scheme together.
Get the look: The sofa, rug and cushions are by Designers Guild. The Donna Wilson pouffe is from SCP. Similar art can be found at london.secret.rca.ac.uk, where you can browse the postcards and register as a secret buyer.
The framed hand drawn bees are by Ryan Chadwick.
Get the look: This is the black and white Voyageur Snowscapes wallpaper by Jill Malek.
Similarly, a neat and tidy grid of framed butterflies create a striking and colourful feature wall in this hallway.
Get the look: The stair runner was made out of a rug by Solange Azagury-Partridge. The vintage Seventies chandelier is by Vistosi. The walls are painted in Oval Room Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The butterflies were custom-framed.
A mix of framed photographs, children' drawings, illustrations, maps and even a road sign create an eclectic and personal gallery wall in this living room. The all black frames help keep it cohesive, plus the pieces are all kept within an invisible rectangle – any straying artworks would send the wall off balance.
Get the look: This is the Zeia Navy Tile rug by Graham and Green. The floor is burnt oak from White & White. The walls are painted in Elephant’s Breath estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.
Columns of black and white photography inject interest and a touch of glamour in this Moroccan-style arched doorway.
Get the look: The collection of iconic black-and-white photographs include portraits of Diana Vreeland by David Bailey, and Andy Warhol and Hugh Hefner by Peter Strongwater.
A mix of prints in no particular order and with contrasting coloured frames creates a dash of organised chaos in this otherwise calm office.
Get the look: This is the Onegin desk by Julian Chichester. The vintage desk chair is from Jensen & Ballantine. The articulated wall light is from Felix Lighting.
Who said you can't layer framed prints over wallpaper? It might not sound like a good idea, but this dining room corner proves that it can be done.
Get the look: Find similar artwork at Yellow Korner. The photos of Africa are by Aernout Overbeeke. The poem is by Frieda Mulisch. The antique chest was found in Syria.
This bathroom is quite a large space, so the wall of pictures makes it feel more welcoming and personal.
Get the look: The antiqued mirror-glass wall tiles are from Fired Earth. The bath is from CP Hart, teamed with a Bathstore bath filler.
Instead of an organised grid of framed pictures, this big picture board offers a much more fluid approach, and can be ever evolving.
Get the look: The antique glass desk came from Lerebours Antiques and the 1969 Tulip Karmstolar chair was a vintage find. The rug is from Madeline Weinrib.