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Gallery Wall Ideas For Light and Dark Rooms

gallery wallI’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!gallery wallThis 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.gallery wallOn 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?gallery wall

22 Comments

  • Reply Garrett May 31, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I need that corgi picture now!

  • Reply Dustin May 31, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Giving me all the vibes for my new place Will. Hide my credit card ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ

  • Reply Rachael Reed May 31, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Okaaaaaaay. Iโ€™m just gonna say it….Iโ€™m moving into the shiplap living room and theees nothing you can do about it LMAO ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar May 31, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      @Rachael – Tee hee! Then, I guess we’re going to be roomies! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Derek E Baird May 31, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Great ideas, Will. And that blue wall is gorgeous!

  • Reply Kim May 31, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Another super cute post will!! Love the floral
    art best I think xoxo

  • Reply QH May 31, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    So pretty! pinning this as I speak!

  • Reply Shelley @ Calypso in the Country May 31, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I love the black and white against the navy. We recently painted our dining room navy and I lightened up the art for more contrast.
    Shelley

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 1, 2018 at 9:43 am

      @Shelley – That sounds so nice, Shelley! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Friday!

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses May 31, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I looooove a good gallery wall! All of these look so cute Will, thanks for sharing!

    Happy Thursday!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 1, 2018 at 9:43 am

      @Michael – Me tooooo! One of my fave design elements. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Ashleigh H May 31, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Will, I have a gallery wall of brightly coloured holiday photos, but both the wall and frames are off white. The off white frames on a similar coloured wall look lost/as though they are floating on the wall. Do you think painting the frames black would help solidify their place on the wall?

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

      @Ashleigh – Absolutely! Painting the frames black will instantly give you that visual punch and contrast. Love the sound of all your colourful holiday photos!

  • Reply Basement June 1, 2018 at 3:36 am

    I always say that this is the easiest way to give some power to the room. I really love your ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Didier June 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I seriously cannot get over the dog illustration wall. I’ve always wanted to do a gallery wall but I can’t make up my mind on the theme!

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

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