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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!