Mary Prince Photography © 2012 HouzzTransitional Hall, Boston
Design by Jennifer Clapp
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6. An element in a gallery wall. A gallery wall is an opportunity to show the depths of your style palette and a bit of your story. A curated art wall is personal, because it can contain anything from a piece discovered at the flea market to a photo of your great-grandma on her wedding day, to the splurge you made to remember that first trip abroad. Art from your little one is a precious addition in the mix of all these memories and treasures. How to incorporate your child’s artwork into a gallery wall depends on your style. Selecting art in a similar color palette will create a cohesive and pulled-together look. For a gallery wall like the one shown, you’ll want varying sizes and orientations. Make a big statement about your kid’s creativity by making his or her work the larger, commanding piece that anchors the collection. Use one or multiple smaller pieces for variation on the wall. This personal touch will mean so much to you and your family.
How to Hang Your PhotosFinding a format that works best for you depends largely on the style you’ve settled on for your space. If you lean toward a traditional aesthetic, you may be more comfortable with a freer-form grouping of similar frames in different sizes. If you’re a dedicated modernist, you would most likely gravitate toward a formal grid with matched frames and photo sizes. As an eclectic, you might like the idea of mixing family photos with your art. The photo shown here illustrates how to achieve an ordered but still bohemian style. The floor-to-ceiling arrangement is a fresh take on a standard display, yet it employs a basic grid system for spacing and hanging each piece that keeps it from being chaotic.
11. Go for it — fill an entire wall with art. Have a big, blank wall? Stop overthinking it and start hanging! Work from the center out, filling the entire wall with art of all kinds — don't worry about whether it matches. The fun in a gallery wall is giving the eye lots of different kinds of things to investigate.
Jenn has never met a wall that she didn't like for art. "I'm an art addict. No wall is no good," she says. She filled a gallery wall on the second floor by the staircase landing with vintage prints, Etsy finds and a skull.