A great way to fill a blank wall, add character or update a room on a budget, gallery walls are a stylish design trend that have truly stood the test of time.
And, like any longstanding trend, gallery walls have developed from just a few nicely arranged picture frames into a whole different beast – plates, mirrors, plants, Polaroids. Stick em' on a wall – using our top tips for how to hang a gallery wall – and you've got yourself a gallery.
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1. Decorate with ceramics
Hanging plates is an elegant way to introduce colour, pattern and texture to your scheme, so why hide away your beautiful tableware in a cupboard? Hang them using plate grips or line them up on a shelf for an easily updatable display.
Love this paint colour? Find more inspiration in our green living room design ideas – they can be used in any room, really.
2. Mix up your artwork
If you have a collection of much-loved art, family photos or favourite postcards, grouping them together on a wall creates an authentic and bespoke display.
If symmetry is your thing, measure them carefully before hanging to get even spacing. Alternatively, for a more laidback approach, arrange your pieces on the floor prior to picking up your hammer.
Desenio have a fab service on their website which helps you plan the layout of your gallery wall and choose frames and prints to suit your space.
Find more tips on how to display pictures and photos to ensure you get the best results first time.
3. Use fairy lights to display your photos
Brighten up an area in your home for a party or just for a fun change by using festoon and string lights. These are a great way to add a glow to a dark wall space, and with options to clip on photos, and postcards, it’s easy to update this pretty feature with a new display.
4. Layer up prints on a picture ledge
Practical and inexpensive, this type of shelving is a great base for creating your very own striking art displays.
Use a single shelf or group two or more together, then dress with vases, pictures, books or candlesticks. The beauty of this look is that you can change your arrangement as the mood takes you.
You can't go wrong with the Mosslanda Picture Ledge from Ikea.
5. Create a living wall
Houseplants are back on trend, and not only do they look good, they can do wonders for your health and wellbeing, too.
Adding some living, breathing greenery instantly gives a fresh feeling to any space, and provides a vibrant splash of colour. Just remember to water them though…
Browse our pick of the best indoor plants and start building your own living wall.
6. Add texture and interest with exotic finds
Texture isn’t just for soft furnishings – as this scheme shows. Smooth walls can look great punctuated with tactile objects, particularly if you're working with a white canvas.
Experiment with everything from quirky hats or feather placemats to African baskets or woven discs; grouped over a piece of furniture, they make a unique statement.
Like the idea of building a gallery wall into a white scheme? Take a look at our white living room design ideas.
7. Create a quirky display for children's rooms
Keep your little ones engaged by hanging fun items in their bedrooms for them to look at, touch and feel. Add furry animal heads for a quirky display, or turn toys into art by nestling them in wall-hung baskets or on shelves.
Check out more gorgeous children's bedroom design ideas.
8. Enhance space with mirrors
A classic interior design trick for making a small room look bigger is to use mirrors as art. They bounce light around a room and give the impression of more space. Hang a single large one as a statement piece or mass several different shaped designs together for extra interest.
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9. Go for a classic look with peg rails
Originally used for hanging chairs, Shaker-style peg rails are no longer just great kitchen storage ideas. Often found in kitchens, their effortless and classic look can blend into most schemes, so they’re great for anywhere in the house.
Choose natural wood or a painted finish and adorn with anything from coats, bags, scarfs and hats to tools, ornaments or a string of fairy lights.
10. Get creative with lighting
For a really quirky take on a gallery wall, introduce some interesting wall lights.
These wall lights from Curiousa & Curiousa make a bold statement but their resemblance to wall plates keeps the overall look from being too wacky – we love the idea of working them into a Mid-century modern inspired space.
11. Break up a white scheme with coloured accents
Incorporating a gallery wall into your room design is the easiest way to break up an all white scheme, creating a space with greater depth and interest. Plus, white really is the perfect blank canvas to display your art on.
We love the pairing of this white living room with bold blue accents in the shelving and pink-toned artwork on the walls.