9 Offbeat Gallery Wall Ideas Worth Stealing

These gallery walls break all the "rules" and they do it oh-so-splendidly. It's always a gamble when you break a design rule, but the payoff can be totally worth it when you gamble and win. Since we encourage rule breaking around here, let's break down which "rule" each collection breaks and why it works.

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Stray From Centre

Typically, you'd want to centre your gallery wall above your piece of furniture. This off kilter installation works because it hugs the sofa on the right side creating a casual feel. 

 

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Widen Your Mats

It's recommended to frame your artwork with a 3" wide mat around all sides. But, you can up the drama factor and create a minimalist feel by using a wider mat in order to keep all of the frames the same shape + size.

 

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Turn A Corner

Who says your art can't occupy two vertical surfaces by wrapping around a lonely corner? This is a great solution if you have too many pieces to fit on a single wall, especially in an otherwise open concept space.

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Don't Leave Breathing Room

Usually, 2"-4" of space should be left between frames. Unless you've got mad skills, or an incredibly handy and patient partner, I wouldn't attempt this close-knit installation.

 

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Go High + Get Low

Yes, it's standard to mount art at eye level, usually between 56" - 59". But, why not make a statement by filling the entire wall - end to end and top to bottom - to give those of all heights and vantage points a visual treat.

 

Ignore Scale

Generally, you'd want the gallery wall installation to be smaller than the large piece of furniture it resides above. However, this works because the goal is clearly to make a statement. Get the look by using only large-scale pieces.

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Skip The Nails

Who says your art has to be fixed to the wall? Minimize the damage to your drywall by opting for a picture rail or two and lean your artwork to achieve a boho vibe.

 

Use Multiple Focal Points

Typically, a gallery wall has one anchor piece that's larger than the others. However, this wall has several. It works because the two portraits, centred in the arrangement, come together to form the anchor.

 

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Spill Onto The Floor

If you've got too much artwork, and you can't turn a corner, why not spill onto the floor? Editing down isn't always the solution. Allowing some pieces to rest on the floor and lean against the wall creates an eclectic feel.

 

 

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