• DIY Accent Wall Ideas For Any Room in Your Home •
The biggest part of decluttering your life is getting rid of stuff – BUT, for most of us, there is stuff that we simply cannot throw away.
For me, that is family pictures and various nick-nacks that I simply love and don’t want to ever get rid of.
Those things are not “clutter” to me – they’re sentimental items that I love – and I want to display them instead of having them stashed away.
One organized way to display these items is by creating a gallery wall.
These are decorative accent walls that are the focal point of a room – and you can create them in ANY room.
You can create an accent gallery wall in any room in your home… the living room is the most common, as is the foyer/entryway and the area around your stairs, but I’ve also seen beautiful gallery accent walls in kitchens and in the baby nursery and in bedrooms.
I LOVE a beautiful gallery wall in a home office too!
Below are some tips for designing your gallery wall and a lot of gallery wall layout ideas and pictures to inspire you.
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A gallery wall can instantly elevate the style of any space in any room in your home. Gallery walls vary greatly, depending on the décor and taste of the people doing the arranging. They can be the full length of the wall, over a couch or other piece of furniture, going up a staircase, or just about anyplace else.
What I really love is how flexible gallery walls can be – you can decorate your living room or bedroom with a gallery wall, decorate over your desk or around your tv – it’s totally up to you.
This is a very simple and neat gallery wall over the couch – very pretty.
I’m more of a farmhouse decor type of person (I just love the look and feel of rustic decor), but a gallery wall is more of an eclectic layout type of decorating idea that appears “random”, but there really should be a lot of thought put into your gallery wall design BEFORE you hang everything up.
Select the Art You Want to Include
A gallery wall gives you a chance to make a statement about who you are and what you like. Your gallery is a wonderful way to document and tell a story of your travels and experiences, show photos of family members through the years, display art you’ve collected, display hand-drawn (framed) illustrations, incorporate metal or wooden objects you’ve collected, and much more.
I’m a big fan of gallery walls using large Scrabble letters – I think it brings a nice, neat and decluttered look to a decor idea that can turn out looking cluttered if not done properly.
Mix it All Together
Introduce several different materials and textures. Break up framed art with wooden art, metal signs and even natural elements such as feathers, branches, found objects, etc. Have fun using your imagination.
Mix paintings and photographs, black and white with color, and high and low pieces. Gallery walls can consist of your favorite pieces of art, paintings, family photographs, trinkets from trips, metal or wooden objects, and much more. If you’re looking for items to fill your gallery, go to flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, Etsy, consignment shops, your grandmother’s house, antique stores, and other places of interest. Enjoy the hunt.
In addition to the art you select, be mindful of the frames that highlight the art. For a clean, formal, and minimalist look, select frames in the same size and color.
This is a great example of a gallery wall that uses all the same types of picture frames for a neat and organized look:
For a more eclectic look, mix and match picture frames so it appears that you’ve collected the art over time. If you go online you will find many framing opportunities that are far less expensive than going to and framing shop. You can find interesting vintage frames at flea markets, antique stores, and yard sales.
Tip: If you have an unsightly object on the wall (such as the box for door chimes, why not put a frame around it to incorporate it into the gallery.
Come Up with a Game Plan
Once you have all the art you want to include, remember that placement is everything. Don’t just start hanging. Here are a few suggestions for coming up with an artful wall:
Measure the amount of wall space you want to fill. Then tape off a section that size on the floor. Arrange, re-arrange, and rearrange again everything you want to hang until you come up with the gallery wall that you feel looks best. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, take a few photos for reference. Or cut out paper the exact sizes of your art and tape the cutouts to the wall. Then hang your art one object at a time.
The most important thing to remember is that there is no magic formula for creating an interesting gallery wall. Don’t let the process intimidate you. Just jump in and enjoy the creativity.
However, if you’re feeling intimidated, I came across this helpful gallery wall layout chart on my Pinterest board. It shows a large variety of ways to layout a gallery wall.
There is no “right way” to create a nice gallery wall. Creating a private gallery wall is the perfect way to make a personal exhibition at home. Sometimes a large dose of inspiration is necessary to create a beautiful picture gallery wall.
A home is not complete until the walls are not filled with wall frames containing portraits, pictures, unique moments, art work, paintings, drawings and treasures collected over time. A great wall arrangement can be a true eye-catching structure. You can make a gallery display with almost anything! Some of your photos are just so great that you want to see them everyday, not just when you look at the scrapbooks, than it’s time to hang them on your walls.
You can use a large variety of wall frames: that are the same shape and size, you can mix in objects, use mirrors and lights, mix paintings and photography, black-and-white and color or you can be eclectic and use a variety of sizes and shapes and combine high and low pieces or you can use any combination that stimulates your imagination.
Here is a great method that can help you create a professional gallery wall:
The most important thing to remember when creating your gallery wall is that there is not a specific method for displaying wall frames. You just have to enjoy the unique and creative process and your gallery wall will be a success!
Choose some simple wall frames that highlight the art.
Think about the placement of each piece.
Play with a few layouts until you identify the best one for your gallery wall – start with the biggest pieces first and then work around them if you are mixing sizes
Mix in drawings with photos and paintings – the more eclectic, the more you’ll get a ‘salon’ sense
The wall frames should hang at eye level or around 5 feet.
We take lots of pictures over time, but how often do we take the time to get those photos off our computers and up on our walls? If your walls are empty, than perfect… this article can help you create unique photo displays, so be prepared to be inspired by the arrangement ideas described here.
One of the most common display methods is to fill a large wall space with a collection of pictures or art work framed identically or framing similar photos in the same size frame. But be a little more ingenious and try to create your own wall frames out of cardboard tubes… clever, isn’t it? Or if you own an empty corner, than corner picture frames are just right for you.
Do you own pictures of different members of your family? Then you can create a wonderful family tree wall. Or you inherited your grandma’s handbags? Don’t throw them away just because they’re old… use them to manufacture some special and unusual wall frames.
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Ledges mounted to a wall provide a flat surface for arranging framed or mounted photos, unique art, prints, canvases and other products. An ingenious idea is to cut some old suitcases in half and use them as shelves mounted to a wall. Nice isn’t it?
Another great idea of arranging photo is using a metal wall frame with clips. You can arrange the clips and photos into any design you want! Such a photo display is super cute. It is modern, high quality and adds to any room. It’s an inexpensive way of decorating a wall and making a difference in the room. Pictures or art don’t always have to be framed. An unconventional display could be to hang unframed prints or pictures from a length of wire with clips.
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