Sometimes when you have a completely bare wall in your home – it can be hard to land on just ONE idea for what to do with it. Artwork? Family photos? Shelving? Wall planters?? The exciting thing is that you don’t have to pick just one design element or idea. You can mix and match textures, mediums, and colors to create a cohesive and interesting space and conversation starter. A few things to keep in mind:
- Choose pieces that you instantly fall in love with. You’re likely going to pass by this wall everyday so it might as well evoke a positive energy.
- Pick a mixture of bold pieces and softer ones. It’s a lot more interesting to select one or two really bold statement pieces and place softer ones around it than to go all out bold everywhere.
- Play with sizing. This is (I think) the best piece of advice. Would you rather look at an entire wall full of 5×10 photos or a couple smaller ones sprinkled in a mix of a really large piece and medium sized ones around it? Also: use both portrait AND landscape layouts!
- Mix up your frame colors. Keeping your general color palette in mind – you can create a visually pleasing gallery wall with a mix of metallic, black, and/or white frames.
- Don’t forget the mat! I personally love a small print or photo with a large white matted area around it in a frame. It makes your eyes really focus and draws attention to the art piece. This looks especially pretty for an aesthetic that has more modern and clean lines. More of a minimalist approach.
- Lastly, don’t be afraid to use something other than a flat surface on a gallery wall (i.e. photos and prints). Use three dimensional items to add something intriguing to your space. Try metal/wood objects, tapestries, macrame hangings, or some small sentimental objects on a floating shelf!