I’ve always loved a good gallery wall because I think art is one of the most personal elements in a room, and indeed, a home. The fact that art is so personal means it’s a great way to showcase your personality and imprint your unique aesthetic onto your home. Plus, it can be a wonderful way to add a design statement, especially if your space is lacking in architectural detail or, say, color. Today’s post explores two different rooms where a gallery wall is the focal point in the space: one light and one dark. Each of the spaces has been styled as part of my monthly picks collaboration with Grandin Road, and you can shop the art you see in this post right here. Check out my picks for the previous months, here. OK, let’s dive into how to style a gallery wall in a light space!This white shiplap room was crying out for COLOR! I love shiplap but if you don’t layer on colors and textures it can quickly feel cold and unwelcoming. Which is a big no-no when it comes to my #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating! I used a gallery wall to add life and warmth to this light and airy space. I went for a mix and match gallery wall in this room because I wanted the space to have an eclectic and vibrant feel. You can read more about different styles of gallery walls in this post and video I made a few years ago! An eclectic gallery wall mixes up the ebb and flow of a wall by featuring an array of different elements: from framed prints to canvas paintings to wall objects and sculptural pieces. Switching up the pace in this way makes the gallery wall an interesting feature of the space that can command the attention of the room. As the room was devoid of color before this eclectic and vibrant gallery wall is a great way to inject life and visual interest into the space. A structured, linear or symmetrical gallery wall wouldn’t work so well in this space because it would lack the unexpected visual ‘punch’ the room needs.On the flip side, when you’re looking to hang a gallery wall in a dark room a more structured approach can work wonders. A fine case in point is this navy room with a (super cute!) gallery wall featuring framed charcoal-like dog illustrations. Here I hung a collection of similar dog artworks as a group. Together they tell a sweet design story – you immediately know the owner of the space is an animal lover! – but they also temper the richness of the wall thanks to their simple white frames and monochrome palette. Keeping each piece consistent in palette and style still allows the beautiful wall color a chance to shine while still adding a sense of personality. I love this gallery wall! Which of the two gallery walls is your favorite? Do you have any gallery walls in your home?
Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.