While some are dismissing the gallery wall (aka salon wall or art wall) as a passing trend, is likely to have staying power. At it’s core, it is a curated collection of highly personal works of art, mementos, and decorative objects in an artful arrangement. What better way for a passionate home decorator to express herself? So let’s assume the gallery wall is here to stay. How do you take your salon wall to the next level?
1. Lay the Foundation
Both patterned wallpaper and beautiful color make excellent backdrops for your most treasured artworks. If you decide go this route, make sure to leave enough space between pieces to let that stunning print or vibrant color shine through.
2. Take It Personally
Hang something–or perhaps all things–that matter to you: a clock you inherited, a photo you snapped on vacation, a painting by a dear friend.
3. Diversify Your Holdings
Sure, art walls with uniform frames and grid-like arrangements are a thing. Thematic gallery walls are also a popular choice. On the other hand, you could play with scale, shape, color, and subject matter to create a more eclectic and personal mix. Vary the size of your hung treasures. Choose frames (or forgo them in some cases) that compliment the art instead of each other. Break up all of those right angles with an oval frame or sunburst mirror. Hang art that speaks to you–color scheme and subject matter to be damned! Don’t be afraid to hang pop art next to a traditional still life. Or, don’t limit yourself to just art…
4. See It in 3D
If you have the space, consider letting three dimensional objects protrude from your gallery wall: a mask, tree branch, candle sconce, faux taxidermy, or even an architectural fragment. Even leaning a painting against your wall can add depth and interest.
5. Let It Grow
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a well-curated salon wall. Some blank space isn’t necessarily a bad thing–nor is an empty frame. If you must, embrace placeholders. There is no shortage of inexpensive items you can hang while you hunt for art: dried flowers, vintage textiles, your favorite poem, a homemade Rorschach-inspired inkblot. You may even learn to love the placeholder and never end up replacing it.
Ready to get started or need to fill a space? Check out these ideas and shopping suggestions to augment your art wall.