We all love gallery walls, and it's not hard to see why. They do so many things. They're an amazing way to infuse color and pattern into space. They let the art-lovers among us display our collections in groups so we can get more pieces on the walls. They're an excellent way to take up empty space on a large wall, making the room feel fully inhabited. And most importantly they're one of the best opportunities we get to show who you or your client are and what we love in our spaces.
A gallery wall should feel loose and collected, and if your gallery is strictly concentrated at eye level or the center of the wall, it can feel unfinished. Utilize negative space near the ceiling and floor, even though it may feel unnatural to hang art that high or low. Once you step back, the entire collection will feel more finished.
As long as you choose frames in complementary tones and materials, your collection will still feel cohesive. Taking into account the color of the finishes present in the room to integrate the gallery into the room.
Choose pieces that vary in size and shape to create different focal points — the larger pieces will attract the eye, while the smaller pieces will become the supporting elements. Shake up the look with something that is oddly shaped like a piece of sculpture that isn’t framed, a mirror or even a light sconce.
If you have the opportunity to do so, try to incorporate furniture. Adding a console or credenza to the gallery wall will provide a surface for elements like sculpture or lighting and even more frames leaning on top of the piece of furniture that become a part of the gallery, making it more dynamic and interesting.