Trend Spotting: Gallerie

Bold colors, abstract and geometric shapes and glossy surfaces define this high-art influenced trend.

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Deck Life

Yellow and green pop on this charming wooden deck, which serves as the perfect place to lounge with friends and enjoy the city view. The Gallerie trend is defined by bold pops of color and a sense of fun, both on clear view in this appealing outdoor space.

Glam + Gloss

High gloss white and orange cabinets brighten the kitchen and new gray laminate countertops with a metal edge add to the retro feel of this bright and witty Gallerie kitchen.

Personal Style

One of the hallmarks of Gallerie style is using home design as a personal expression, a way to assert a sense of fun with little regard for the realities of resale value.

Small Room Living Large

Defying the rules about small spaces and sedate color, decorator Nick Olsen painted his 525-square-foot studio in New York City a vibrant shade of green in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer."Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa.

Color Where It Counts

Lacquer is a big Gallerie feature, as in this white lacquered built-in that highlights the homeowner's collections. Judicious use of bright color works wonderfully next to that expanse of white.

Contemporary Kid's Room

This child's bedroom may not be big, but a photograph mural of a surfer against a sweeping sky makes it feel epic. A kelly green rug and chairs add more depth and rich color.

Great Great Room

For this sophisticated beach house, a blue-and-white palette complements its oceanfront setting, while contemporary details like the armchair's print and sculptural end tables have a decidedly modern feel.

Taste of the Tropics

An accent wall with pineapple wallpaper is this chic bedroom's style jumping-off point, inspiring the art, lime green armchair and sassy striped headboard.

Feathered Pendant Light

The Gallerie trend lends itself to fun, witty details like this bright blue feathered pendant light. The design is finished off with a blue rug, a pair of yellow armchairs, a built-in tufted bench and a wall of built-in bookshelves that organizes books by color.

Neon Stripes

In the bathroom, neon stripes invigorate the simple fixtures and pared-down accessories. Small bathrooms are great places to indulge your personal style.

Vintage Vinyl

This bluestone-tiled sitting room features a pair of vintage vinyl chairs dipped in orange and white paint. A duct tape side table and a unique white floor lamp complete the fun, funky design that works despite the sedate backdrop.

Color-Blocked Drapes

Color blocking is a huge trend in Gallerie, which takes much of its inspiration from modern art from Matisse to Rothko. In the master bedroom, color-blocked drapes have a strong personality that's softened by playful art. The color combination carries over from the window treatment to the walls, lending incredible structure and visual interest to the design.

Sofa + Graphic Wallpaper Add Punch

A little color and pattern go a long way in a small space. Here, graphic wallpaper and modular bookshelves complement the sofa's vibrant orange hue and make the room a funky retreat.

Modern Playroom

Two bold red stripes add a splash of color to the walls of this modern playroom. Six mod orange chairs surround a rectangular metal table to provide plenty of space to build blocks of color.

Be Bold

A cheerful yellow sofa pairs with a painted green coffee table in this modern lounge area. Bright red artwork and pops of red in the throw pillows add another fun punch of color to the space.

Blue Crush

A graphic area rug adds visual depth to the sitting room floor while magnifying the sectional's blue hue.

Mod Apartment

A pair of bright blue modern armchairs add a nice punch of color to this stark white living room. Black and white accessories bring beautiful contrast to the mod space. With just a few colorful pieces of furniture or accessories an ordinary space can be quickly transformed into a Gallerie lair.

Family Fun

Bold floral armchairs create a comfy conversation area in this family room. A bright orange end table breaks up the mostly blue and white color palette for an added punch of color.

Black and White Contemporary

The decor in this stunning contemporary bathroom plays up the black and white theme. The rug, upholstered bench and window treatments coordinate with the classic hexagonal floor tiles while yellow accents lend a satisfying burst of color.
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Sunny Yellow

No color quite articulates the Gallerie ethos like this bright yellow, a shade that adds an instant sense of play into a space.

Eat-In Kitchen

This bright white modern kitchen receives bold pops of color with red dining chairs, a cheerful yellow island and colorful wall art. A pair of steel dome pendant lights illuminate the mod white dining table, and as you enter the living area, a black egg chair keeps with the modern design.

One-of-a-Kind Bedroom

Creating a stark line between the sleeping area in white and the living area in fuchsia gives a contemporary and unique feel to this bedroom. An eclectic pink chandelier adds to the funky feel of the space while a piece of modern art above the bed ties the entire room together. Because Gallerie is so inspired by the bold lines and colors of modern art, incorporating contemporary art into your space is a way to bring the Gallerie look into your home.

The Merits of More

More color, primary brights, sleek midcentury lines all add up to the wit and energy that defines the Gallerie trend.

Fire Engine Red

Nothing says excitement like the bold statement of this fiery red.

Out of Sight Brights

The vivid primary colors of these lollipop screens revs up the green palette of this outdoor space.

Kid-Friendly Room

Blogger Gabrielle Blair created this bright, kid-friendly family room that was still stylish and sleek. On the open shelving around the fireplace, she borrowed bright colors from other areas in the room and created color blocks, using accessories and accent pieces to stripe each shelf with a different vivid hue.

Colorful Accessories

Gallerie doesn't have to be expensive. A few well-chosen and well-placed bright and whimsical accessories create instant pop in this light-filled corner of a modern living room. Color is a mood-lifter and easily blends with plain white contemporary spaces.

Blue Tile

This bright, fun bathroom features oversized blue tile and is contrasted with pops of white accents like the floating vanity and shower curtain. An eye-catching shade of blue accented with olive green gives this small bath big presence. 

Detergent Blue

A bold blue is a great way to add immediate Gallerie energy to a room.

Use Color Where You Can

A bold, vivid shade of royal blue surrounds the fireplace in this striking living room. The blue surround provides a lovely contrast — in both color and style — to the traditional white mantel.

Dusty Purple

This softer side of purple might be an easier bright to integrate into a room for those looking to ease into the Gallerie trend.

Bright Boy

Bright colors, patterns and funky artwork turn this boy's bedroom into a fun space.

DIY Art Accents

To make this art framed against a colorful wall, rustic logs were cut to size, sanded, then painted with circles featuring different shades of blue as well as pink, yellow, coral and purple. While the rustic texture of the bark is masculine, the poppy pinks and corals add feminine flair.

A Punchy Blue

An intoxicating blue would add Gallerie presence to any room.

Bold Red Room

In this cheery dining area, a white bookcase atop a prefab kitchen cabinet base mimics the look of custom built-ins on the cheap. Colorful decorative objects and jars full of candy are the cherry on top and instructive ways to add a Gallerie sense of fun to any space.

Frolicsome Fuchsia

Change out that old-fashioned red dining room or office for the surprise of an intense fuchsia wall color.

Family-Friendly Kitchen

This family-friendly kitchen offers a sturdy table and chairs and whimsical accents for casual meals, homework and play. Gallerie doesn't have to be expensive. Affordable furniture, some very practical wall art (an oversized calendar) and some cheerful chairs give this room a clear sense of fun at little cost.

Gray Wash

Setting brights against a neutral gray background creates immediate impact.

Fun and Function

Space-saving wall racks house the homeowners' bikes in this dynamic master bedroom, creating functional, unconventional wall decor. Beside the bikes, a brilliant red bookcase provides a built-in splash of color.

Modern White and Blue Kitchen

Keep it streamlined. If it’s time to swap out lighting and accessories, such as a clock, go for simple and clean fixtures, which tend to be more affordable than ornate pieces. These days, they offer an array of styles to fit any budget. In this kitchen, Terracotta Design Build creates a streamlined Gallerie style with a lone clock on the wall and two small fixtures over the sink, thus allowing the striking blue cabinets to better stand out.

Light and Bright

This contemporary bedroom features a fun hanging rattan chair with a colorful throw. A glossy red and white dresser is positioned next to the chair, while a pair of glass front French doors allow natural light to illuminate the space.

From: Caitlin Murray and Caitlin McCarthy Designs

Blue Sofa Is the Star

A bright blue sofa is the centerpiece of this eclectic living room. It is adorned with round white throw pillows. A white round coffee table is topped with fresh flowers. One impactful piece of furniture can make all the difference in bringing a Gallerie look to a room.

From: Caitlin McCarthy Designs and Caitlin Murray

Revved Up Tradition

To bring warmth to the foyer, designers combined vintage pieces of furniture with modern art in a nice fusion of tradition with Gallerie whimsy.

Cool Color

Cool rather than warm color defines Gallerie and is on clear display in this teen's bedroom. The white side table and flokati rug balance out the bold colors used in this sophisticated room designed for a teen. A wingback chair with curvy lines and subtle houndstooth upholstery is a traditional counterpoint to the modern accents and paisley wallpaper.

Bubblegum Pink

This cheerful pink would add instant fun to any room and pairs up nicely with an equally punchy detergent blue.

Graphic Wallpaper

The wallpaper in this bathroom is a bold splash of color and pattern and an alternative to always using paint or furniture to bring Gallerie style into a room.

Royal Blue

This peppy shade of blue recalls the canvases of Mondrian, Matisse, Yves Klein and other modern masters. Modern art is a big influence on the Gallerie trend.

Tropical White and Coral

Hot pink and coral set the colorful scene in this cheery bedroom.

Tropical Sunrise

This vibrant shade of orange would add punch to any room.

Bold Green Bath

This gorgeous green-and-white bathroom features farmhouse-style fixtures to light up the space, while a blue-and-white throw rug provides a bright contrast to the kelly green cabinets and accents.