37 gallery wall ideas - inspiring looks and expert tips on how to display your artwork
Gallery wall ideas are a wonderful way to add personality to your home, so be inspired by our favorite looks and take tips from the experts on how to master this on-trend look
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Stylish gallery wall ideas are becoming almost an essential for any modern home, who doesn't have at least one in their home? And gallery walls have changed shape since becoming such a huge trend a few years ago, no longer are they just about displaying prints and artwork in neat frames in grid-like layouts. Now you can make a gallery wall out of anything – hats, shoes, postcards, clocks, mirrors, antique painting we could go on. They are such an easy way to update any room and bring in texture, color, pattern, and interest.
So how do you go about curating a stylish gallery wall? Well, we asked the experts as well as pulled together all our favorite ideas to get you inspired...
1. Go for a minimalist approach to a gallery wall
This living room gallery wall has a very edited feel, owed to the modern furniture, white walls and very pared-back prints.
2. Add a vintage twist to a modern space
This collection of colourful portraits was snapped up in a junk shop.
3. Pick the right frames
This gallery wall is in clothing brand Tuckernuck's head office - proof that a home office can take a gallery wall - and features favourite images from past Tuckernuck photo shoots.
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4. Don't just stick to prints
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.
5. Choose a neutral color scheme
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 - its in keeping with the vogue for beige living room ideas. This gallery wall feels cohesive thanks to its cream, beige and black colour palette, further reflected in the dining furniture.
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6. Reflect light around a small space with mirrors
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.
7. Decorate with something unexpected
Interior designer Crystal Sinclair collected breadboards over time, and used them to create a rustic gallery wall.
8. Create shapes with a gallery wall
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.
- Explore more of Pearl Lowe's 11 bedroom Georgian mansion in Somserset (opens in new tab)
9. Add quirk with a plate display
A wall of pastel plates creates impact in this dining area (the dining plates make rather fitting decor).
10. Spell It Out
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.
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13. Framed Illustrations
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.
14. Vintage Touch
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.
15. Hats Off
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.
- Explore more of this colourful London apartment designed by Studio Peake (opens in new tab)
16. Colour Coding
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.
17. Collectors' Display
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.
- Explore artist Rory Dobner's eclectic house in north London (opens in new tab)
18. Wall Of Skulls
For an even more gothic take, this cluster of deer skulls create an eery gallery wall.
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.
20. Painted Backdrop
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 too loud or busy. The artworks come from junk shops as well as galleries, creating a deliberate collector’s mix.
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21. Bold Blue
Similarly, this bold blue hue creates a calming and cocooning effect, and seemingly swallows up the gallery wall – preventing it from feeling too obvious.
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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.
23. Family Affair
The Novogratz family added interest to a loft staircase by creating a gallery wall of family photos, all in black frames.
24. Three In A Row
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.
25. All White
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.
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26. Butterfly Effect
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.
27. Pretty Pastels
Serene pastels and white frames create a much softer and more neutral space in this living room.
- Explore more of this pastel-coloured Victorian terrace home in Kent (opens in new tab)
28. No Rules
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.
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29. In the mix
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.
No all gallery wall ideas require uniformity, but the regularity of spacing here is pleasing. The framed hand drawn bees are by Ryan Chadwick.
31. Neat and Tidy
Similarly, a neat and tidy grid of framed butterflies create a striking and colourful feature wall in this hallway.
32. Invisible Box
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.
33. Photo Wall
Columns of black and white photography inject interest and a touch of glamour in this Moroccan-style arched doorway.
34. Mix and Match
A mix of prints in no particular order and with contrasting coloured frames creates a dash of organised chaos in this otherwise calm office.
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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.
36. Bathroom Beauty
This bathroom is quite a large space, so the wall of pictures makes it feel more welcoming and personal.
Instead of an organised grid of framed pictures, this big picture board offers a much more fluid approach, and can be ever evolving.
- See also: 5 things we love about Bobbi Brown's super chic NYC office (opens in new tab) (psst! It's full of gallery wall inspiration...)
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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