Your Guide to Styling Wall Art & Gallery Walls

Now that the holidays are almost upon us, you may soon find yourself the proud owner of a few new pieces of artwork—especially if you love good home decor as much as we do. Luckily, as long as you’ve got the wall space (or not — keep reading for more on that), there are countless creative ways to display the pieces you love. Here, we break down a handful of our favorites that we hope will inspire you.

Grid Pattern

If you have an even number of similarly sized pieces, the grid pattern is pretty fail-proof. A clean design and no guesswork when it comes to actually executing this layout makes it a no-brainer for transforming bare walls into something much more interesting.

This is a great way to showcase pieces by the same artist or with similar subject matter. Displaying art or photos in a series of columns and rows creates a bigger visual impact, works especially well for smaller or medium-sized frames and can be arranged to fit almost any size wall.

Image source: Pinterest

Statement Styling

When you love a piece of art enough to acquire a large version of it, chances are you’re going to want to make it a focal point in your home. Use a statement piece to tie a room together by hanging oversized framed art by itself on the wall, centered above a piece of furniture, like your bed or couch.

Statement art is a great way to add character to a rental space, or anywhere you can’t make any permanent design changes. Plus, you don’t have the added task of picking and choosing a bunch of different pieces. One and done.

Image Source: Pinterest, Coco Lapine Design

Lined Up

This layout is perfect if you have a little less space to work with. You can go vertical or horizontal, with an even or odd number of frames. They don't even have to be the same size, just line them all by the top or bottom edge of the frame or center them to form a stack.

We like this particular style for adding some creative flair to homes with minimal wall space to work with, or for people who think a full gallery wall is a bit of a daunting task.

Image Source: Pinterest, Michael Dawkins Home

Lean It

Displaying framed artwork on a shelf or atop another surface--even your floor--is a fun way to dress up your walls that doesn't require any additional hammering and nails. With this technique you also get to curate the space around the frame, so you can add other unique touches like succulents, ceramics or other memorabilia to show off more of your personal style.

There are really no rules when it comes to this one! Arrange a cluster of frames together, putting the larger frames in the back for a more layered look. Frames also don't have to be hung on a wall to call it home, leaving them on the floor and leaning is a novel approach that requires minimal effort.

Image source: Four Walls and a Roof, Poppy Deyes

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Bonus Tips and Tricks for Hanging Framed Artwork:

1. Leave 2-3" of wall space between each frame for breathing room

2. Plan your design by laying frames on your floor or by making their paper cutouts to stick on your wall

3. Try to hang frames at eye-level or just above, especially if you plan on hanging just a couple

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