How to create The Best Gallery Walls

I’m especially exited today because after four long living-with-rental-furniture-months we are finally getting our stuff tomorrow.  It’s play time! I have a pretty clear idea of where things are going to go, but boy can’t that change? One thing that I’m certain though is the gallery walls I
want to create around the house.  I’m a big fan of picture cluster walls and I’ve realized that when there is a lot of different ways to create them and/or to display them, each produces a different background.  From a complete harmonious and balanced display, to careless and Bohemian one to a more eclectic grouping.  Each and everyone translates the personal
lifestyle of their owners, as it should be.  So I’ve been paying attention about how to create the best gallery walls or wall art composition as some call them.  For creating a harmonious and balanced gallery wall is good to keep things simple and hang each picture at the same distance vertically and horizontally speaking.  One thing to keep in mind is to keep all frames and matting in the same color.

how to create the best gallery walls, black and white gallery wall via belle vivir blog

A display of black and white photography hung with the same identical distance between them creates a more modern aesthetic.
how to create the best gallery walls, a gallery wall in a kitchen with colorful dowings framed in white frame

I posted this kitchen designed by Pablo Paniagua (above) more than three months ago.  The entire house is worth to see but I personally love the art in this kitchen.  Here Paniagua used the same frame for everyone of the colorful art.

 how to create the best gallery walls, a collection of black and white photographs hanging on a metal cord

This photographs hanging from a metal cord is a great idea to keep your walls undamaged.

For a more careless bohemian look, using old frames and not being a perfectionist freak (aka every picture perfectly straight) would do.

Gallery Walls Kate and Andy Spade

At Kate and Andy Spade’s home the gallery wall is less planned in the sense that frames are mixed and match, sizes are random.  By keeping the distance between them almost the same, the collection looks more cohesive and harmonious.

How to create the best gallery walls, john-mayberry-san-francisco-apartment-belle-vivir

In John Mayberry San Francisco apartment the effect is the opposite of Paniagua’s design above.  Here the frames are different color an size but the neutral, mostly black art keeps the look from being noise.. Instead the gallery wall in this space is beautiful and artistic.

how to create the best gallery walls, how to create a gallery wall via belle vivir blog

And last but not least is the Eclectic gallery wall.  While using different
frames and probably matting as well, it’s always a good idea to keep a somewhat similar
distance between them as well.  Enjoy!
how to create the best gallery walls, how to create a gallery wall via belle vivir blog

how to create the best gallery walls, a gallery wall with different sizes of portraits via belle vivir blog

A much more serious and austere setting but powerful.  This wall art composition has one thing in common, can you guess… of course…

how to create the best gallery walls, a gallery with fames of many different sizes on the wall via belle vivir blog

images from AD, House Beautiful, Elle Decor and Babble


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  • Julie, I love that first gallery wall! Such a wonderful idea for the children's room. I'm all for the harmonious and balanced concept and the photographs hanging from a metal cord idea is great indeed. Wishing you a wonderful week!

  • Hi Ada,

    I also love the gallery wall in the first picture and I think that a harmonious one goes great in a child's room.

    Cyber hugs to you my friend!

  • Anonymous

    Love all the samples of gallery walls you posted here. Love this post.

  • Julie I love gallery walls that are lined up vertically and horizontally in a grid! To me the art, photos, etc is cohesive and much more special,

    2013 Artists Series

  • Oh I love a great gallery wall, and these are fantastic!!
    Well balanced and truly interesting, love them!
    xo Karolyn

  • Nice blog… thanks for sharing with us..