Disclosure: Some of the artwork featured in this post was provided by Minted. All opinions, images and love of gorgeous wall art are 100% mine.
Tips to plan a gallery wall, including narrowing down artwork choices, how to pick pieces for a cohesive look and how many pieces do use.
Gallery walls are all over the place these days, but planning one can seem a bit overwhelming.
What art to use, how to pair different pieces together for a cohesive look and how many pieces to use. Are you cringing yet figuring out where to start? I know – I’ve been there, too. Who knew blank walls could give you so much to think about?
We had this huge blank wall over the couch to fill, and I didn’t want to buy one big piece because we’re not going to have a use for some big wall decor in our Milwaukee house. So I decided to (finally) do a gallery wall.
First things first. If you’re looking for tips on picking wall art, check out that blog post first, then come back here to talk about how to plan a gallery wall.
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GET THE LOOK: Boat artwork 1 | Boat artwork 2 | Pier artwork | Fishing net artwork | Couch | Cream pillows | Brown pillows | Green + white pillows | Small green button pillow | Blanket | Big green button pillow | Coffee table
I ordered a few blue throw pillows to tie into our new artwork, but they haven’t arrived yet. (I know, do I really need more throw pillows? Yes, yes I do.)
Ill take new pictures when they do and share them with you guys! (Update: You can see the new pillows in the post about the coastal rustic living room reveal.)
Here are a few things that helped me come up with the plan for our gallery wall design:
- Artwork theme: I wanted water scenes but not necessarily a whole wall of just pictures of water so I picked water scenes for the larger three pictures and then went with the fish nets and pier/sand shots for the other two pictures. Water-like scenes, if you will, but not water. 🙂
- Colors in artwork: I went with neutrals, blues and greens. (Big surprise, I know.) I picked green-focused images for the two smaller square images so there was green on both sides. Without both green photos, one seemed kind of out of place among all the blues and neutrals in the other photos.
- Objects in artwork: Just like the colors, do a bit of overlap here. I picked two boat scenes and two pier scenes. The fishing nets are kind of off on their own, but the green color ties in perfectly with the green pier so it all works together.
- Frames: Minted offers gorgeous frame options. I’m a fan of the Herringbone, we have it on this Afloat picture we have hanging in our foyer. I debated using the Distressed Cottage Wood frame (I love it!), but I wanted the main picture in the gallery wall to have the widest frame, so I went with the White Wood frames for the other pictures.
- You can also choose to have the pictured matted. I went with a matte on the center picture only to make more of a statement.
- Odd number of pieces: I feel like every decorating book you’ll ever read says to use an odd number of things in groupings. I generally try to stick with to this rule.
I typically put these design boards together for rooms (or gallery walls) so I can see how everything looks together before I buy a bunch of stuff that I end up not liking together. (You can see how I put together design boards if you want help!)
I love the artwork we decided to use. The picture of the green pier (top left) was taken by Kalen on our vacation in Folly Beach.
If you want a higher quality copy so you can download it to print and frame it at home, just scroll down to the bottom of this blog post and you can grab it! Hope it looks good in your home, too! (Send me a pic if you use it!)
The other four pictures are from Minted’s website:
- The Arrival (lower left)
- Portofino Afternoon (center)
- Go Fish (lower right) – this also comes in other colors. I like it in aqua, too.
- Nostalgic (upper right) – I’ve had my eye on this one since I wrote that blog post about how to pick wall art. I kept coming back to it!
Minted has a lot of great art options. It always takes me a while to scroll through and pick my favorites because I end up with too many. Nothing like getting to shop independent artists from the comfort of your couch!
If this gallery wall planning thing still sounds totally overwhelming, Minted offers art styling services so you can have them handle it for you. Or if you just can’t find that exact piece you’re looking for, you can commission a unique piece from a Minted artist.
And one more thing since today is about all things gallery walls, I share my favorite tips for hanging gallery walls in my post about this DIY towel rack.
Want a copy of the Folly Beach pier photo?
Click one of the options below to download it. Note the picture can be printed as an 8×10 or smaller. I printed it as an 8×10 and then cut it into an 8×8 square to fit in the frame I bought.
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You can follow along with our living room progress here:
- Coastal rustic modern design plan for the living room
- Agreeable Gray paint in the living room
- Wireless outlets to make life easier
- How to plan a gallery wall when you don’t know where to start (you’re here!)
- How to distress a dresser for a chippy farmhouse look
- How to hang heavy wall decor when it doesn’t line up with studs
- Make a throw pillow from placemats
- The TV stand furniture makeover
- An end table makeover with clay paint
- The coastal rustic living room reveal
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