DIY Gallery Wall Ideas – Accent Wall Decorating Ideas To Copy

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• DIY Accent Wall Ideas For Any Room in Your Home •

If you’re considering making gallery wall (or an accent wall) in your home, you’ll love all these DIY gallery wall ideas, tips, and design pictures below.

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.

One organized way to display these items is by creating a gallery wall. These are accent walls that are the focal point of a 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.




DIY gallery wall idea for displaying wedding pictures

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.

rustic gallery wall design idea over couch in living room

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.

Gallery wall ideas I love - great use of large scrabble letters in this rustic/farmhouse gallery wall design

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.

Beautiful neutral living room with rustic farmhouse decor - and LOVE that accent wall over the couch.  Nice DIY gallery wall design!
Beautiful farmhouse nursery in this rustic country home.  LOVE the accent walls and gallery wall!

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.

Gallery wall ideas for foyer or entryway - beautiful diy farmhouse gallery wall idea

Frame It

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:

Using all the same frames on your gallery wall can give it a neat and organized look.  LOVE that rustic / pallet bench too!  Gallery wall ideas for your foyer.

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.

Unique farmhouse / rustic gallery wall idea.  LOVE all the gallery wall ideas on this page!

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.

Love this shabby chic gallery wall in this farmhouse style home!

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Love this farmhouse foyer idea - unique and eclectic gallery wall with interesting rustic decor items, a wood farmhouse bench that looks upcycled or reclaimed and repurposed to use as a furniture piece.  Great farmhouse entry way decorating!




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.

Gallery wall layout ideas for pictures and decor items to hang on your focus display wall in your home

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.

Living room gallery walls layout and design ideas to DIY

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!

DIY living room gallery wall idea for living room
Gorgeous corner gallery wall idea - love how the pictures wrap around the corner yet still look organized

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.

Gorgeous gallery wall idea with pops of color and floating shelves in this neutral living room
Rustic farmhouse decorating idea around tv in living room.  Love this simple diy gallery wall and that rustic cabinet!

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.




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.

Love this simple, yet GORGEOUS, gallery wall idea in this dining room!
Beautiful farmhouse rustic wall decor idea - guess it would be considered a gallery wall.
If you find any of the above display ideas interesting or you find another one that you like here, you should check out all our favorite Gallery Wall Ideas on Pinterest for even MORE great DIY ideas.

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Gallery wall ideas, designs, and DIY layout ideas for any room in your home.  Add an eclectic, rustic, organized, or farmhouse rustic style gallery accent wall to your living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, nursery, around tv or in your home office.  LOTS of great gallery walls to get ideas from and copy the look.  Such a beautiful and easy (and cheap) DIY home decor idea.

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