How to Create a Gallery Look with your Wall Art

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Wall art is one of those décor elements that is always a welcome accent in our homes. However, while some people have a clear intuition when it comes to displaying their wall art, others find it hard to just make sure the art is level.  So to make things a little easier, let’s have a look at one of the most popular ways to display wall art: gallery walls!

Header image features the Vintage Orchid Wall Art and the Vintage Daisy Wall Art.

A gallery wall, as a concept, is straightforward. It involves creating a feature wall in your home with wall art. This can be just one piece of wall art as the focal point of the wall, but more often it’s multiple pieces of art coming together for a big, bold impression. This is ideal for art lovers. People who feel like too often we just use art as decoration, not as a focal point.

Multi-Piece Walls

Bringing multiple pieces artwork together to create one complete arrangement can be just as tricky as it sounds. There are a few tricks to help you pull it together though. For example, one of the simplest methods to conquer the multi-artwork wall is with a common colour scheme.

If you’re interested in this kind of display, a cohesive colour scheme is a great starting point. But of course, matching colours is easier said than done. This is why something as simple and elegant as a black and white scheme with a splash of colour can be a genius move. If you’re set on using colour, not just black and white, this is a great time to show off your personal style. You could decorate with your favourite colour, a trendy colour of the year, or just a colour you’ve always wanted in your home. There’s plenty of room to try new things!

There’s always the theme route too, if colour-matching isn’t your cup of tea.

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Top left: Topical Fish Collection #5 Wall Art, top right: Tropical Fish Collection #6 Wall Art, bottom left: Tropical Fish Collection #7 Wall Art, bottom right: Tropical Fish Collection #8 Wall Art.

A series of images coming together for a cohesive aesthetic? That’s the ideal gallery wall! Finding a series of images that all work together can be tricky, but if you look within the body of work of one artist or one brand you might find a few pieces that just feel right together.

Pairs of Wall Art

Speaking of finding pieces that feel right together, pairs of prints are a clever way to play with the concept of a gallery wall, without letting it take up your whole wall. After all, your furniture has to go somewhere.

The paired wall art method is a lot less loud in its presentation, yet no less impressive. Cohesive colouring can work with pairs, but twin artworks will stand out more in your home. This doesn’t mean your two pieces have to flow from one to the other, but perhaps different angles of the same subject matter, different colouring of the same subject matter, whatever it is that links these two pieces, it needs to be obvious.

Solo Wall Art

This is perhaps the most difficult gallery wall to pull, simply because it can very easily just look like a regular old wall with some art on it. The fastest way to overcome this problem is with sheer mass. Guests should be in awe of the size of your art. Absolute units can be a fast track to a gallery-style wall in your home.

On the other hand, big wall art might not be your thing. That’s totally fair, but it does mean you have to find another way to ensure your wall art is the focal point of your space. A common trick a lot of interior stylists use is to replicate the colouring of the artwork throughout their interiors. Organic tones in your décor? Use natural woods and the occasional plant or two in your home furnishing. Tie everything back to that one piece on your wall. Distinct colours in the piece? Try for cohesiveness with matching cushions.

You can also ensure the eye is drawn to your wall art with clever lines, shapes, and lighting. Frame your art with your furniture and homewares, creating a clear focal point. Or use overhead lighting on the artwork itself so that it’s the most illuminated item in the room. (Just remember to use art-safe lighting to prevent colour fading!)

There are plenty of ways to create a wall of artworks worthy of a fabulous art gallery while still representing your own style. All it takes is a little experimentation and a love of beautiful wall art!

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking, playing video games, or binge-watching whatever's new on Netflix.