Treat a dream-worthy gallery wall – with everyday masterpieces you already own.
Combining interior design styles with a roommate or roommate is about including personal touches and indicating a common interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling gallery wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example. Of course, anyone can create an expressive gallery wall, whether you live on your own, or with friends or family.
When Lauren and her partner Greg moved in together, Lauren wanted to make room for not only her furniture and accents, but also his style.
The active couple share a love for food, wine and entertainment, so we set off to brighten up the dining room.
Scratched with iconic Seattle views of the waterfront, seaplanes and hilly homes, the dining room connects the home comfortable lounge with the kitchen, from which we drew food inspiration for the gallery wall.
When creating a gallery wall, it is a good idea to create a balance of organic shapes and square angles.
On Lauren’s wall, vintage cookbooks, antique kitchen utensils and metal shapes like street signs and decorative letters complete the framed art and images, while various shapes and sizes give visual interest.
Make a game plan
Put the things on the floor so you can try different arrangements – without hitting a single nail.
Once you have decided which objects to include, trace their shapes on residual wrapping paper or butcher paper, and then tape these patterns to the wall to guide you in laying nails and hangers.
For a finishing touch, include a small piece of furniture at the bottom of your gallery wall. A box or bench anchors the whole scene and makes a nice place for a row of glasses or a flower arrangement.
Originally published August 2016