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Last Updated on August 5, 2022

You have a room. You picked furniture you love, bought an amazing rug that's the perfect size, and even found the perfect decor touches. But something is missing. There are large blank walls, looming over you, waiting to be filled!

It can be SO overwhelming to figure out how to fill a blank space with the perfect art or family photos. But y'all, I am here, and I have you covered!

I rounded up my favorite gallery wall ideas from some really amazing and talented people. I love all of these galleries–they each bring something fun and unique to the game of filling a big wall with beautiful things! The thing I love most about a gallery wall is that it allows you to put lots of pieces of art and decor into one space and view it as a whole, and then to look at each individual piece and appreciate each it separately.

When a gallery is put together with intention it can be the most powerful part of the room. So I'm also sharing my tips for how to put together a gallery wall. With these tips and inspiring gallery wall ideas, you will able to create a wall that you can't stop staring at!

There's no such thing as a “best” layout for a gallery wall. Some people prefer perfectly symmetrical layouts while others perfect asymmetrical (collage style) gallery walls. The beautiful gallery walls we share in this post include some of each, so take note of which ones you prefer.

Symmetrical Gallery Walls

If you are opting for a symmetrical gallery wall layout, I personally think they work best with the same type of media (all art or all photographs).

If you are going to install an asymmetrical gallery wall, here are some guidelines that will help you:

  • Curate pieces that you LOVE– Gallery walls take time! Don't expect to be able to find all the pieces of artwork and other accents you may include in a week or even a month. Because you should really LOVE everything in your gallery wall, take your time collecting your pieces.
  • Choose a large statement piece to anchor your gallery wall- You need at least one piece that feels like it's the one in charge. If you only have a bunch of smaller pieces your gallery wall will look messy and there won't be anything to really draw your eye in. Anchoring your gallery wall will give it a nice focal point.
  • Choose a color scheme– Make sure to have a consistent color palette, but don't make it too matchy-matchy. You just want to make sure the colors share the same tone and vibrancy. In other words, I don't recommend mixing muted earthy tones with bright vibrant tones.
  • Repeat each color 2 to 3 times– Every piece you include should have 1-2 “friends.” Those “friends” are other pieces that share a similar color or tone.
  • Vary the sizes and orientation of your pieces– You need both horizontal, vertical and square pieces to make your gallery wall feel balanced. And the pieces should vary in size. While you want a big pieces to anchor the collection, you do need smaller pieces of art to fill in the space between larger pieces.
  • Include 3D found objects– I think the most interesting gallery walls include interesting 3D objects, like old typography pieces, architectural salvage pieces, clocks, etc.

I'm so glad you asked! I get asked about the art hanging in my house more than almost anything else, so I have put together a ton of resources to help you find pieces that you love. Here are the posts that will help you!

Hallway & Entryway Gallery Walls

Colorful DIY Gallery Wall by Kaleidoscope Living- This symmetrical gallery wall of family photographs down a long hallway includes a twist–colorful photo mats!

colorful gallery wall of family photos

Farmhouse Stairwell Gallery by Liz Marie Blog- Notice how this staircase gallery wall uses pieces of different sizes and orientations, which makes it so interesting. I also love that home decor pieces like the clock and the old stair ballusters of dimension.

farmhouse stairwell gallery wall

Botany Prints Gallery by Bless'er House- This symmetrical gallery wall made up of botany illustrations was super affordable to put together (seriously, check Lauren's post out) and it makes a big impact above the bench in her entryway.

gallery wall of botanical prints above bench

Entry Gallery Wall by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs- This gallery wall is a great example of including dimensional objects in a gallery wall. Those initials of the homeowners add such an interesting and personal touch.

gallery wall in entryway of modern home

Typography Gallery Wall by Kaleidoscope Living- This typography gallery wall shows how fun it can be fill up an empty wall with mostly 3 dimensional pieces that share a neutral color palette.

typography gallery wall

NY Style Gallery by Homemade by Carmona

modern neutral gallery wall in bedroom

A Gallery Wall Planned Around a Smart TV That Displays Digital Art by Kaleidoscope Living- This colorful gallery wall in a bedroom is proof that you can include a TV in the grouping without ruining the look! The key is to either incorporate a Samsung Frame TV (here's my assessment of whether a Samsung Frame TV is worth it) or to use this trick to display digital art on any smart TV.

gallery wall planned around a TV

Master Bedroom Gallery Wall by Chris Loves Julia

modern gallery wall of art pieces in dark and moody bedroom

Embroidery Gallery Wall by At Charlotte's House- This gallery wall full of embroidered art is a GREAT example of curating a collection over time. See how it pays off?!

Living Space Gallery Walls

Symmetrical Typography Wall by Polished Habitat

Oversized Art on DIY Art Ledge by Kaleidoscope Living

oversized art gallery on DIY art ledge

Gallery Wall in a Studio by Yellow Brick Home

gallery wall in modern loft space

Bright & Cheerful Gallery Wall by Studio DIY

bright and colorful gallery wall by Studio DIY

Modern Kid-Friendly Gallery by Chris Loves Julia

gallery wall of acrylic frames

Family Room Gallery Wall by The 36th Avenue

family room gallery wall on shelves

Guide to a Good Gallery Wall by Emily Henderson

colorful gallery wall of abstract art

Studio Gallery Wall by Oh Joy

colorful gallery wall above green velvet couch

Grid Style Gallery by Making Home Base

symmetrical grid style gallery wall

Styled Corner Gallery by A Beautiful Mess

corner black and white gallery wall

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Neutral Palette Gallery Wall by Minted

neutral palette gallery wall

Bathroom Gallery Wall by Kaleidoscope Living- I love incorporating kid art whenever I can! I used a lot of my girls' own artwork in their old bathroom and it made me smile every time I saw it.

colorful bathroom gallery wall in kid's bathroom

Mudroom Gallery Wall by Kaleidoscope Living- Now that we are in our new house, I used many of those same pieces to create a fun gallery wall in our mudroom area.

mudroom gallery wall

Aren't they all amazing? These gallery wall ideas are sure to get you thinking about what you want to display, and how you want to do it! Get creative, find the perfect pieces that speak to you, and start planning. You can go with all the same frame and color palette, or you can mix it up. Don't forget, it doesn't all have to be flat-framed art. Some of the most fun galleries mix in three-dimensional pieces (like my typography gallery). Creating your perfect gallery may take a little more time and attention than just hanging a few frames and being done, but the extra effort will be so worth it in the end. You will love your own gallery wall, and be so glad you went for it!

And if you need some affordable art to get your gallery wall started, be sure to join our free community. When you do, you'll get access to my FREE printable art library full of more than 30+ modern and colorful designs!

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