How to design a gallery wall

One of our favorite things about gallery walls is that you can incorporate vintage right along with the new stuff.  It creates a dramatic display, while letting you showcase a variety of pieces…    

In designing a gallery wall, you first need to decide on a theme.  This will allow your display to “tell a story,” as it were, with each piece relating to the others.  Without a theme, your display will have a hodge-podge, far less dramatic look!  There are different types of themes.  You might choose one that revolves around a color, a subject, or a feel.  The following pictures will illustrate these examples:

In the above image (, we see a primarily black + white color theme, with an emphasis on typography.  The word prints take center stage, with their clean look and inspirational messages.  The accompanying photos are slightly smaller, wrapping around the focal points and following the same neutral color palette.  The overall look is clean, modern, and minimal.  It would work just as well in an office as it would in a living room.

  Above, we find a great example of a gallery wall ( with pops of color, as well as black + white images.  You’ll notice that all of the images are photographs, and they work together to tell a story of travel and wanderlust.  The two wooden statues sitting on the floor become part of the display your eye takes in, thanks to the single photo also sitting on the floor.  Connecting what’s directly under the gallery wall, whether it’s a floor or a table, can add a 3D quality to your display.

The above display  (Piccadilly Prairie) is rustic and outdoorsy, with more than a nod to our great State.  Even though the individual pieces vary in what they are -lithograph print, painting, found vintage, wood art- they speak to their common theme, and so make sense together.  Notice, again, how the oar is sitting on the floor instead of hanging on the wall.  Any small, rustic entry table placed beneath the wall art (to the left of the oar) will become part of the display, as it’s visually connected by the vertical oar.  


My favorite thing about this gallery wall ( is that it really demonstrates how you don’t need a large space to create one!  Displays that are wrapped around corners, whether coming into a corner or going around a corner, can be just as eye-catching as a large collection that hangs over the back of a couch.  A gallery display tucked into a corner feels cozy, and beckons you to come close and have a look; while one that wraps around a corner creates a “stop and smell the roses” moment, in which you can’t help but pause and take it all in.

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