I love clean, minimal spaces, but not completely bare walls. One of my favorite ways to fill empty wall space is with a gallery wall. Gallery walls come in all shapes and sizes, but I like to extend my love of simplicity to my method for displaying art. Today’s styling tip is all about the use of gallery walls to make a fresh, beautiful statement in a room.
I definitely believe when it comes to decorating, less is more. This kitchen nook is a great example of a space that originally felt heavy and crowded. By simplifying the space, removing cabinetry and a desk area it made it feel more open. A fresh coat of white paint gave it a bright new feel. After these renovations, I wanted to make the space feel complete but not cluttered. A gallery wall with 11″ square, black frames was the perfect fit for this space. It tied together the black accents in the room and added hints of color and personality from the photos. Now, not only does the kitchen nook feel updated but the photos bring a cheery feeling to the room, creating the perfect back drop for family meals. See more before and after photos and resources of the Olympic Way project here.
A gallery wall project can seem overwhelming, but when I design them I don’t like to over complicate it. Consider keeping all the frames the same size, shape and color. In this family room I choose all white frames to blend with the overall design of the room and highlight the color in the photos. I love the way family photos bring life to a design. This house is home to a wonderful, happy family. It’s fun to display that feeling through the art on the walls. What may seem like a simple gallery wall becomes a priceless display. See the resources for this project here.
TIP: A modern gallery wall like this is a great way to fill a larger wall space. This is also a more affordable way to display a series of art or photos. When you are doing a grouping of photos, the spacing between the photos can be about 2 or more inches apart. The gallery wall in the master bedroom above is a good example of filling a whole wall space with art. Each photo is about 2″ apart. Now the bare wall has become a highlight in the space.