We all have one in and we’ve all spent far too much time staring at it—that annoyingly-bare wall. It’s crying out for some art, but the idea of popping an oversized canvas up feels too final. In search of inspiration we’ve been speaking to our photo stylist Katie and her suggestion is one to take note of: a 3-D gallery wall. She explained that gallery walls need not be neatly rowed, flat or uniform and are an adaptable way to add depth and character to a room. If like us you’re still a little stumped on where to start, Katie explains how.
“Try building your gallery wall around a piece of furniture. Start with a sofa or console and work up from there—this helps define the amount of space you have to fill. Mix hanging and leaning art to create more depth and flexibility.”
“Use items with varying sizes and depths—think mirrors, hooks, planters and unframed art. This creates more overall interest, causing the eye to move over the whole piece evenly, instead of focusing on just one part.”
“To give your wall even more oomph, consider adding textural frames, like hammered brass or carved wood.”
“If it has a use, use it! By filling your letter holder with love notes or your planter with succulents, you’re giving your art a natural, lived-in look.”
“Be sure to lay out all your options out on the ground before hanging. Not only will it help you get an idea of what everything looks like together, but it will also weed out the items that just aren’t working in the space.”