Wall art is a great way to create an accent wall into any home. It’s a fantastic way to showcase your unique style!
Gallery walls are a great accent to any home. It’s an easy way to fill a large space without investing in an oversized piece of art. It’s also a fantastic way to show your unique style through a curated selection of art and photos.
Creating a gallery wall can feel like a daunting task but with these simple tricks and tips, you’ll be on your way to a beautiful gallery wall in no time.
1) Get Creative and Use the Space you Have
Accent walls don’t have to be confined to large empty walls. Get creative and try displaying your wall art on smaller spaces, or spanning a corner. Try a gallery wall instead of a headboard, or decorate the wall down a stairwell.
2) Mix and Match
Just like art in any museum or exhibit, items don’t all need to be the same. Give your accent wall style and life! We recommend sticking to a common style - this is what will help it all come together. Try out some of the ideas listed below to give depth and dimension to your wall decor.
Use Different Shapes and Sizes
Don’t feel like all your wall art and art decor has to be the same. Have fun mixing various shapes and sizes! This will fill the space nicely and make it visually interesting.
Think Outside of the… Frame!
If you’re looking for a dynamic, eclectic vibe, we recommend opting for different colours, designs, and shapes of frames to fit your aesthetic. It’s a great way to spark interest and give your accent wall a feel of authenticity. Some great ideas are to use silver and gold frames for a chic combination or to mix classic black and white frames to display art that has pops of colour.
Diversify the Type of Art
Your accent wall should fit your style and preferences, so don’t feel like you have to stick to just one type of art. You can mix together photographs, wall decor, paintings, clocks, mirrors, and even fibre art. You can also frame dried flowers from a special bouquet, an inspirational quote, or a vintage magazine cover. The possibilities are endless!
3) Map it Out
The hardest part about creating an accent wall is figuring out where everything should go while still having it look polished and cohesive. An easy tip to avoid putting things up and taking them down over and over (leaving you with a wall full of holes you have to patch) is to map out the layout. This way, you can skip the trial and error! Get a large roll of kraft paper and trace all of your frames and objects onto the paper. Then, cut them out and tape them on the wall to use as a guide. You can move your paper outlines around and easily swap them out!
4) Be Mindful of Wall Art Placement
If your wall decor is placed above a piece of furniture, the experts at Ballard Designs advise making sure it does not exceed the width of the furniture. A good rule of thumb is covering 50 % to 75% of the width of the furniture.
5) Consider Diptychs, Triptychs or Polyptychs
For an easy way to update or decorate your wall, diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs (pictures that are painted or printed on multiple panels) make a great turnkey solution. This type of wall art is ideal to quickly and easily make a statement and add character to the room.
Get inspired with some unique styles and ideas from Pinterest to help you get started on your journey to creating the most beautiful and unique accent wall for your home!