I’m currently in the process of creating a gallery wall in my home and I’m loving every minute of it. As you combine homes, among other things, you might be merging aesthetics including your art collection. Gallery walls are the perfect way to merge different pieces that reflect both of your personalities. Here are just a couple tips on creating one and just in case you’re dying to see what my wall is looking like, below is how my current collections are shaping up. I’ve found most of these pieces on Saachi Online, which is a great resource for selling and buying original artwork.
1. Skip themes and obvious color palettes: This is easier said than done for a lot of people, but personally when I select art, I simply go with my intuition and focus on buying pieces I love. I might love them because they evoke some deep emotion, or I might love them simply because the colors make me happy. Don’t be too strict with yourself there. Just trust yourself and select things you will enjoy waking up to each day.
2. Framing: Whether to mismatch or match the frames is definitely a personal decision. I’m pretty liberal when it comes to this and think the more mismatched the better. I love nothing more than to mix a gold frame from the 1800’s with a steal from Ikea. It adds interest, texture and surprise. Matching always seems a little obvious and easy to me. But, at the same time, the look is crisper and cleaner. Determine your style and don’t look back.
3. Mix subtle and loud pieces together. Think of your wall as having 2 or 3 showstoppers. These are the first pieces you want people to see or pay attention to. Then fill the rest of the wall with hand sketches or more refined yet interesting pieces. These are the pieces people will take the time to discover and if done right will enjoy something new about your wall every time they’re in your home.