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How to Curate an Art Wall Gallery

There are few things more picture perfect than a well considered gallery wall. Endlessly flexible and customizable to almost any wall space big or small, it creates a narrative on even the blankest of canvases- a fresh white wall.

When it comes to finishing off a room, the gallery wall also takes the pressure off hunting down a singular does-it-all piece of art. No wonder it’s JAC’s go-to solution. Here are some tips on how to hang a gallery wall from a luxury interior design firm. It’s not, however, as simple as buying a few pieces and clustering them together. From prints to placement, there’s a real art to curating a cohesive collection. Gallery wall layouts work great in so many spaces, but there’s a lot of planning required, you want to create a thoughtful gallery, not a random hodgepodge.

There are so many reasons to love gallery walls that it’s hard to choose just one. From an art lovers perspective there’s just something irresistible about showcasing so much of your collection in one group. The end result will say a lot about you—and to you. For los angeles interior designers, our gallery wall ideas can be the answer to many of the challenges a room a might pose.

Requiring less work than wallpaper and less cleanup than painting, gallery walls are an ideal way to bring in whatever your room might need, whether it’s color, pattern, or personality. And of course, once you start to get the hang of this multifaceted technique, the opportunities are close to endless.

A unified aesthetic is essential if you want to create a photogenic gallery wall, but not mandatory. Your personality and style can speak right through your collections! It’s also important to keep your “canvas” in mind, meaning the wall area you will be placing the art on. Consider the size and shape of your wall.  Have a tall and narrow area? Mirror the space through artwork that is framed in a similar manner.

Even though they’re often referred to as “art walls,” one of the most important things to remember when constructing a gallery wall is that they can contain more than just framed works of art. Other interesting wall-mounted pieces, such as antlers or even lamps, can play a role in your gallery wall. Such an eclectic selection creates three-dimensional interest that is sure to draw all eyes. A gallery wall is not limited to two-dimensional, traditionally framed artwork. Think of your home as a true gallery and showcase any tactile artwork or textiles that you love collecting—a framed bit of vintage fabric can create a great visual resting place when mixed in with other works. Consider common motifs in a variety of scales, and stick with a thoughtfully curated color palette to allow the texture to sing.

Once you’ve decided on the visual direction for your gallery wall and gathered all the pieces together, you can carefully consider the arrangement of your artwork. Just don’t even think about grabbing a hammer quite yet. Also, frames shouldn’t be an afterthought. Put the same amount of time into selecting your frames as you did your prints or artwork—they set the stage for the art and help shape the collection. I love sifting through thrift stores and flea markets to find frames that have personality, usually these are in natural wood tones, and look as if they might eventually hold museum-worthy art. My favorite trick is to place children’s art in these vintage frames and the effect is whimsical and grand!  One of the questions we always get as designers is what to do with the TV! Well, if you want to place the TV inside a gallery wall to hide it, that’s just fine with us! Happy hanging!

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