11 New Ways to Upgrade a Gallery Wall

Learn how to take your art gallery wall from ho-hum to "Holla!" with our quick, easy changes.

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Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? They’re easy to create, they’re fun and they’re the perfect place to change up your decor. Think beyond basic framed photos and take yours to the next level with these simple upgrades:

Feeling inspired? Here are 11 tips to help you update your art display.

Start With One Big Piece

Eclectic Blue Gallery Wall

Eclectic Gallery Wall

To create an eclectic gallery wall, vary frame sizes, shapes and materials. Here, a variety of wooden, metal and frameless pieces create an interesting arrangement.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray, © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Not sure where to begin? Find a large-scale photo or print to take center stage in your gallery wall. Let its palette determine the hues and accent colors featured on the rest of the wall.

Mix Frame Colors and Textures

Wood and Metal Art Frames

An Eclectic Mix of Art Frames

Mix and match frame styles, like this patterned wood and metal pair, to perfect the collected look in a gallery wall.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray , © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Mix and match frame styles, like this patterned wood and metal pair, to perfect the collected look in a gallery wall.

Try a Washi Tape Frame

Orange Washi Tape Art Frame

Washi Tape Frame

Add a colorful accent to a neutral art piece with a bright, removable washi tape frame.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray, © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Add a colorful accent to a neutral art piece with a bright, removable washi tape frame. To copy this look, place strips of orange washi tape about one inch outside the frame, overlapping the ends to create a V shape. Then, add a smaller piece of tape to turn the V on each corner into a triangle.

Find Free Art Online

Free Printable Poster in Driftwood-Inspired Frame

Add Free Art to Your Gallery Wall

A curated gallery wall doesn't have to come at a high price. Search free printable Web sites to find vintage advertisements, botanical prints and other illustrations that work with your design. Size to your frame, print on card stock, and hang.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray , © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

A curated gallery wall doesn't have to come at a high price. Search free printable websites to find vintage advertisements, botanical prints and other illustrations that work with your design. Size to your frame, print on cardstock and hang.

Or, Elevate Basic Postcards

Painted Girl in Fabric and Brass Round Picture Frame

Postcards Turned Artwork

Favorite postcards become gallery wall focal points when cut to size in small frames. A fabric-and-brass frame adds a mix of textures to this art arrangement.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray , © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Dress up a postcard from a favorite trip or museum by tucking it into an upholstered frame. That 99-cent investment will look like a custom art piece.

Display Wallpaper Samples

Metal and Wood Photo Frames on White Wall

Mix Gallery Wall Frame Styles

A mix of frame styles, like these wood and metal versions, gives a gallery wall an eclectic, collected look.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray, © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Designer wallpaper can be pricey, but many companies offer samples at little to no cost. Cut the samples to size and display inside a bold frame.

Swap in a Colorful Mat

Camera Art Print With Black Mat

Black Mat on Eclectic Gallery Wall

Switch a basic white mat for sleek black to give your print a whole new look.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray , © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Give old art a new look by changing up the mat. Swap a basic white version for sleek black. Or, find a colorful mat that picks up on the colors in your photo or print.

Add Color With Fabric Corners

Yellow Photo Accents in Contemporary Frame

Yellow Photo Accents in Contemporary Frame

Add temporary interest to an neutral mat with fabric corners cut into triangle shapes. Add them just inside the glass, and remove when you're ready for a change.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray, © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Use fabric scraps or samples to create removable photo corners in a neutral frame. Cut swatches into triangles, then tuck one into each corner.

Add a 3-D Object

Blue and Yellow Chevron Monogrammed Plate

Monogrammed Plate in Gallery Wall

To dress up your next gallery wall, go 3-D! This graphic, monogrammed plate adds both dimension and a colorful accent.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray , © 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Go 3-D! Add dimension to your wall with 3-D objects, like this monogrammed plate. Other go-to options: Clocks, paper or metal letters and vintage sculptural pieces.

Layer Art on Art

Contemporary Paper Wreath With Ombre Neutrals

Contemporary Paper Wreath

A take on the classic magnolia wreaths often seen during the holiday season, this easy-to-make paper version is neutral enough to display all season long.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray, © 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Your framed art pieces can serve as a backdrop for an accent piece. Here, we layered a neutral paper wreath atop a sparkling blue print to make both pieces stand out.

Blend in Seasonal Objects

Blue and Gray Reindeer String Art

Holiday String Art in Eclectic Gallery Wall

Update a gallery wall for the season with an art piece nod to the holidays, like this graphic reindeer string art.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Liz Gray ©© 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Liz Gray, © 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Keep your gallery wall looking fresh by swapping in a new piece each season: Think wintry string art, seasonal sayings or found objects from outdoors.

Now step back and enjoy...it's a whole new gallery wall!

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Here's a great idea for a mid-century modern wall hanging piece. There's a lot you can do with a log.

Courtesy of Etsy.com

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Follow the directions below to complete this DIY cloth napkin project from HGTV Magazine.

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