Domaine’s editor-at-large, designer Estee Stanley, shares her tips—and what to avoid—when creating a stylish salon-style arrangement for your art collection.
A gallery wall is an excellent way to showcase a large amount of artwork or photography to create an impactful statement in your home. But oftentimes the best intentions can go awry. Below I’m sharing what you should and shouldn’t do to create an impressive arrangement in your space.
Don’t: Try to Mix Too Many Different Mediums
I don’t like it when fine art is mixed in with family photos or pencil drawings. You don’t want to see a beautiful wedding photo of someone’s parents mixed in with a vintage oil landscape painting.
Do: Keep the Subject Matter Consistent
I like to keep photographs with photographs and gorgeous art with gorgeous art. This way you can appreciate the individual pieces better.
Don’t: Wing It
Eyeballing the arrangement will likely mean you’ll ruin your walls. Hammering with abandon and putting too many holes in your drywall is a definite don’t if you try to hang without placing your pieces ahead of time.
Do: Come up With a Plan
Before hammering the first hole, I like to lay a gallery-like arrangement out on the floor under the wall where it will be hung. That way I can reposition pieces to find the best composition for the space before any damage is done.
Don’t: Go for an All-Mirror Arrangement
No one needs to look at themselves that much. This trend is tired.
Do: Limit the Variety of Frame Styles You Use
Restrain your arrangement to two styles, colors, or materials when selecting your frames. Otherwise it starts to look too messy and you begin to focus on the frames instead of what’s in them.
I don’t like to do a gallery wall until it’s a full wall. Don’t hang just three or four pieces, it will look like an unfinished project.
Do: Be Patient
The most impactful arrangement will come once all of your pieces are collected so you can see how the items will relate to each other and how to best position them.
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