Art grouped in gallery style like the picture above (taken from West Elm) has been increasingly popular in the design world lately. To get a great looking gallery that didn’t break the bank, there are a few key tricks to keep in mind.
- Vary the sizes of your frames and make sure some have mats while others do not. This gives off the feel that these pieces of art were collected over time and not all bought at the same time.
- Keep a unified color scheme within your frames. If you’ve gathered a bunch of frames from various places and they all have different colors and textures, spraypaint will become your new best friend. Just spray them all a unified color scheme such as black and white or all white, etc.
- Look for variances in the shapes and textures of your frames. Look for a few frames that have a scroll or etched wood pattern, because once spraypainted a modern new color they will look great.
- Look for one or two oval or round shaped frames to break up the geometric pattern that the square and rectangular frames will create.
- And lastly try arranging them all out on your floor first, until you get the exact look you want to create on your wall. This way you save your walls from having extra holes put in when you keep changing your mind.
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