Simply Luxury: A Guide to Curating Artwork in Your Home


The following is an excerpt from Windermere’s Simply Luxury magazine – Winter 2021. 


Though stylish furniture can add to the design aesthetic of your home, its role is largely functional. Art, on the other hand, is where you can make the biggest impact on your home’s character and warmth. A gallery wall with pieces you’ve hand selected can influence the mood of an entire room while adding a personal touch to a home’s overall feel. The following information will help inspire you to curate sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs that will add to the beauty and personality of your home.

A Classic: Gallery Wall

An eye-catching way to display art in your home is with a gallery wall. The best part of curating a gallery wall is choosing exactly what speaks to you. This design element can influence your mood and add character to your everyday space. Try playing with texture, type, or styles to create a personalized collection of décor elements that are perfect for your home. 

 

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Unexpected Texture

Don’t be afraid to think outside the picture frame and get creative with your pieces. A good art installation is about more than just color and content. Texture and depth can take your artwork to the next level. Try incorporating an intricate frame, sculptural elements, or a piece with varying textures into your display. This is the perfect option if you’re trying to create a focal point for an entire room, especially in larger spaces like the living room or dining room.

Make it a Reminder of Your Travels

Curating your artwork can entail more than simply hanging a few personal photographs. Because this is a space you will pass by and look at every day, it should feel special and personal. Consider collecting mementos and art pieces from different places where you’ve traveled and incorporating them into your display. This will not only add a unique touch to your artwork, but it will also give you an opportunity to reflect on pleasant memories.

 

A man smiles standing in his hallway lined with framed photos.

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Get Personal and Keep it Crisp

If you’re looking for a classy, timeless look, invest in a set of frames that are similar in shape and size. A crisp black-and-white gallery wall will make a powerful statement in any space. When set in a symmetrical grid, the monochrome display reads clean and fresh and doesn’t overwhelm the accompanying décor in the room. This is also a great opportunity to add a personal touch by incorporating family photographs.

Stick to a Color Scheme or Style

Frame a mix of photography, illustrations, and collages in shades you’d like to incorporate into your art collection. This is the simplest way to create something that feels cohesive without straining for a complex design. If you have a certain artistic style you feel drawn to, consider filling your entire display with it. The common elements inherent in that style will direct the eye and bring a sense of unity to the space. 

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How to Create a Gallery Wall at Home

You don’t have to be an accomplished art collector, historian, or aficionado to curate and hang a well-crafted, visually appealing gallery at home. Hanging a gallery wall will give your collection of photos, drawings, and other works of art a place to be displayed. It can also give life to bland stretches of empty wall space, helping to tie together the spaces in your home. So, before you touch nail to drywall, keep the following information in mind to hang the perfect gallery wall for your home.

How to Create a Gallery Wall at Home

The first step to hanging a gallery wall at home is to assemble your artwork. Once you’ve gathered the artwork you intend to hang, take measurements of each piece to determine their framing dimensions. You’ll have an easier time finding frames for the pieces in your art collection with common dimensions—such as 5” x 7” or 8” x 10.” For artwork with uncommon dimensions, you can either shop around for custom framing or simply buy a larger frame with the appropriate matting to fit the artwork. Applying a mat can also give your pieces an elevated, professional look. Once you’ve taken your measurements, it’s time to shop for supplies.

Gather your gallery wall essentials first: a hammer, nails, hooks, and picture hangers. If you have a large piece of artwork in your collection, be sure to find a hanging apparatus certified to hold its weight. You may find it helpful to use paper and tape to “sketch” your desired layout on the wall before you start hanging, and while you’re hanging, use a level or framing square to determine when your artwork is level. During installation, start in the center of your wall space and work towards the edges. It may also be helpful to hang larger works first and work your way down in size. This way, if you need to make adjustments, you can easily adjust your smaller artworks around a focal point.

Gallery Walls Throughout Your Home

Living Room Gallery Wall

 

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A living room gallery wall may be just the remedy for that large, blank space behind your couch. Because living room walls tend to be one of the larger surface areas in a home, it is a fitting place for large pieces of art and intricate collages of frames. Consider how the proportions of your gallery wall can create balance in your living room.

Home Office Gallery Wall

 

A home office with a gallery wall above the desk.

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With the recent increase in remote work, home offices are more important now than ever before. Keeping your home office fresh and lively is the key to staying productive and inspired while working from home, and a gallery wall can help to do exactly that. Experiment with different combinations of artwork, photos of friends and family, and other cherished collectibles. 

Bedroom Gallery Wall

 

A bedroom with a gallery wall above the headboard of the bed.

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Hanging a gallery wall on the space above your headboard or on an adjacent wall is a quick and easy way to upgrade your bedroom. Fill the space with inspiring paintings, memorable photos, motivational quotes, or whatever artwork best compliments the color and décor throughout the room.

These are just a few of the ways you can incorporate a gallery wall into your home. Hanging a gallery wall in a children’s playroom can be a fun way to highlight their artwork. Curating a cascading gallery along a staircase between floors will create a flow between the levels in your home. The options are endless. For more information on curating the spaces in your home, read about How to Upgrade Your Dining Room.

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