25 gallery wall ideas – display tips for living rooms, bedrooms and blank spaces

Add character to your home with our eye-catching gallery wall ideas – including picture walls and clever display ideas for your lounge, bedroom, hallway and more.

Gallery wall ideas
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No house is complete without a gallery wall nowadays, whether that's in the bedroom, living room, hallway or every single room. One of the most game changing wall decor ideas around, displaying artwork, photographs and prints together in unison is the perfect way to add interest to a bland or basic looking space. 

These gallery wall ideas will inspire you to fill any blank canvas, big or small, with life. And, by injecting a little of your personality into the room, you'll see your entire decor scheme come together in harmony. The most exciting thing about this project is that no gallery wall is the same and that you can get as creative as you'd like, even (if not especially) if you're on a budget, or a total novice when it comes to getting crafty.

There are no rules or dos and don'ts with a gallery wall, but it is the perfect space to show off your favorite things. Be that art and vintage photo frames, maps or other trinkets, – who'd have thought their righteous home would be on the wall? DegreeArt.com co-founder and seasoned art expert, Elinor Olisa Barikor shares her thoughts and tips on how to introduce art into your home and into your gallery walls. 'The most important thing to consider when you start collecting art for your home is if the artwork makes you happy! You can bring your interiors to life by adding everything from paintings, to limited edition prints, to hand finished and artist designed accessories. Once you start collecting, it is hard to stop and you’ll find yourself discovering new places in your home to display works that you never knew existed - from wall art created by a recent graduate, to sculpture placed on your mantle piece or even a new cushion designed by an artist – art doesn’t need to be confined to a particular spot on your wall, incorporating art into your home really does create a homely, curated, happy space for you and your family.' Check out our ideas below and start building your own.

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Gallery wall with plates on a green wall with a white long dining table on a painted floor

Deluxe White Oiled Oak laminate flooring, Carpetright. For similar illustrated plates, try Rory Dobner

(Image credit: Carpet right)

Hanging plates is an elegant way to introduce color, 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.

Wall gallery with different frames and green velvet couch

All prints, Desenio

(Image credit: Desenio)

If you have a collection of much-loved art, family photos or favorite postcards, grouping them together in a gallery 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 has 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. 

3. Make it dark and eclectic

dark living room with black paint walls and leather seating and a contemporary gallery wall

(Image credit: Brett Charles© Future)

This artists' eclectic gallery wall transformed a dull and standard looking canvas into one full of character and dramatic charm. Proving that mixed media will add depth and create a statement, especially if you frame yours on a black background for effect.

4. Add reflective elements

Contrasting geometric wallpapers in dark hallway and lighter lounge, complete with vintage chest and large round mirror

(Image credit: @CarmeonHamilton x Hygge & West)

This hallway space pops because of the gorgeous reflective elements present in this cool, mini gallery space. Modern, bold and such a great way to add character to a property.

5. Use fairy lights to display your photos

Fairy lights gallery wall with photographs in contemporary young bedroom

200 warm white LED fairy lights on clear cable from lights4fun.co.uk

(Image credit: lights4fun.co.uk)

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.  

6. Layer up prints on a picture ledge

Floating shelving with different frames above yellow ochre two seater and geometric area rug

For similar floating shelves try the Mosslanda picture ledge from Ikea

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

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.

7. Create a living wall

Ferns with a bookcase with circular coffee table and green accent chair

Betty armchair in Olive pure cotton matt velvet from Sofa.com 

(Image credit: Sofa.com)

Houseplants are back on-trend, and not only do they look good, but they can also 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 color. Just remember to water them though…

8. Add texture and interest with exotic finds

Textured woven wall hangings on decorative gold chest with white relaxed chair

Find similar fringed baskets and more wall art at Anthropologie

(Image credit: Anthropologie)

Texture isn’t just for soft furnishings – as this scheme shows. Smooth walls can look great punctuated with tactile objects displayed as a gallery wall, 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.

9. Create a quirky display for children's rooms

Quirky animal wall art in baby bedroom with cot

Animal heads and hooks from Fiona Walker available at Hurn & Hurn

(Image credit: Hurn and Hurn )

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 take on a gallery wall, or turn toys into art by nestling them in wall-hung baskets or on shelves.

Arranged mirrors on a wall and over a glass and wooden antique cabinet

For similar mirrors, try Rough Old Glass or Cult Furniture

(Image credit: Stuart Cox)

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. 

11. Go for a classic look with peg rails

Houseplants, photos and gardening trinkets on open shelving with wooden bench chair and green decorative accents

For a similar peg rail, try the Hambledon from Garden Trading. Gardening accessories, Homesense

(Image credit: Homesense)

Originally used for hanging chairs, Shaker-style peg rails are no longer just great kitchen storage ideas and are often found in kitchens for their effortless and classic look. As they can easily blend into most decorative schemes, they make a good addition to almost 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.

12. Get creative with lighting 

Curiousa & Curious Siren multicolored lights above a small wooden side table and wooden boho setee

(Image credit: Curiousa & Curious)

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.

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 bright accents in the sculptures on the walls.

Neutral gallery wall with textures

Find similar rustic frames on Wayfair and Not on the High Street

(Image credit: Iben and Niels Ahlberg/inagency.dk)

If you want to create a gallery wall that has a more cohesive look, pick a clear color scheme. We love the look of this neutral gallery wall, the colors are simple but there are plenty of different textures and materials thrown in to add interest. This gallery wall idea would work particularly well in a smaller space, say a hallway or a landing, because the limited, neutral color scheme won't overwhelm the space. 

14. Keep it chic and cohesive

hanging glass frames with brass finish by Cox & Cox

(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

These clear glass frames work brilliantly together as although they are different shapes and mostly different sizes, they are still all in unity with the same dainty frame color and material. This would be perfect in a boho style bedroom, lounge or even awkward corridor setting, especially if you choose botanical pictures or abstract scenes for the photo itself.

15. Let it flow

Farrow & Ball green bedroom with gallery wall and printed cushions

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Boxy and artistic cushioning veritably draws this gallery's design features down from the wall and onto the bed for a thoughtful finish. Even the wall color has been considered, as sage green complements and runs through some of the designs.

Bedroom painted in Farrow and Ball Railing and Estate Eggshell

(Image credit: Farrow and Ball)

Want a quick way to make a picture wall really stand out? This gallery wall idea will transform a room in just a couple of hours: simply use paint to create a colored backdrop and give your favorite artwork some added impact. 

It takes nothing more than some leftover paint, a roller, and masking tape, and is the perfect way to freshen up a room in an afternoon. Just create your 'frame' using masking tape and a ruler and then get painting. Leave it to dry, remove the tape and then hang your gallery wall. 

17. Match colors within artwork to create a cohesive feel

Living in Colour Renovated 1960s terrace

(Image credit: Fiona Walker-Arnott)

Picking artwork with a common color theme will create a cohesive look. This doesn't just work for a picture wall – choosing pieces for your wall, whether pictures or other artistic displays with similar colors will help knit the scheme together.

18. Go supersize with posters

Small blue living room with large gallery wall of posters, hanging wicker shade and scandi decor

(Image credit: Ikea)

Bump up your gallery wall even in a small living room space by maxing out on the size of your prints and frames. Lessen the wall space between the frames for a heightened visual impact and then keep your color scheme simple, so that the hues and other design details flow seamlessly with the rest of the room.

Hats hang decorative to create a feature

Stylish hat hanger from Madhatters by Robyn on Etsy

(Image credit: Madhatters by Robyn)

Display your favorite hats as art. They always seem to be the hardest accessory to properly store. Hang them in a pleasing way, and then whenever you want to wear a hat, they're within easy reach. Just be sure to replace the hat when you're done wearing it. Hang them with nails or hooks, or find a wall fixture designed just for hanging your hats and see how this is one of the most budget-friendly gallery wall ideas going.

20. Show off favorite photos and memories

Mixtiles via Kylie M Interiors


(Image credit: Kylie M. Interiors)

While selecting a mix of art and prints, don't forget to add your own personal spin with your own photos. Showcase family members, favorite vacation photos, or even your favorite Instagram grid photos. Interior decorator Kylie M  created this gallery wall using  Mixtiles in her breakfast nook. Mixtiles makes it easy and affordable to print out your favorite photos into framed pieces of various sizing. Even better: the photos use a reusable adhesive, so you can rearrange frames around as you please, with no worry of damaging walls. 

21. Create a collage

Tezza coastal wall collage kit

Coastal Kit at Tezza

(Image credit: Tezza)

Walls covered with aesthetic, mood board type images have taken over social media, especially TikTok in the form of less than perfect collages. , You can gather from magazines and print your own images, or head straight to sites like Etsy or other independent creators who have created prints ready for the mass, like Tezza, who offer various kits around different aesthetics. 

22. Play with texture

Target shibori gallery wall with macrame and antler trinkets

(Image credit: Target)

A gallery wall is not just paintings and art prints. It's an amalgamation of pieces that work together cohesively. Sprinkle in different mediums like tapestries or mixed media work for texture, interest, and dimension. 

Laura Mitchell Interior Design gallery wall floor to ceiling

(Image credit: Laura Mitchell Interior Design)

While many gallery walls are placed above a focal point like a sofa, or a sideboard, why not dedicated an entire wall to your gallery. We're talking about a display that spreads itself from floor to ceiling.  Try the idea out on a smaller wall, like on a stairway landing or room dividing wall, or go full force and cover an empty wall from top to bottom with curated sorts. 

You can keep uniform frames and color palettes complimentary for a polished look or mix and match for a design as varied as the items you love to collect. 

24. Use the power of three

Grey bedroom with gallery wall and wooden floors

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

It works in writing and it sure makes a statement when hanging a gallery wall too. Choose three core colors that run through each piece of art or famed photograph and you'll create a cool, coherent look. Nod to colors present in the surrounding space for bonus decor points. The red, white and black theme works well to create a designer feel in this bedroom. 

25. Create a view

Friends helped Anneka and Stephen realise their bold vision for their former wreck of a house

(Image credit: Future © Dan Duchars)

Your gallery wall should be full of what brings you joy and while this design feature will ignite happiness wherever it may be in your home, consider building yours out at the foot of your bed or in front of a lounging area to create the perfect view for all times of day. Include small and simple drawings that will make you feel good about your space on all the levels.

Catharina Björkman, Scandi lifestyle expert at Contura says, 'If your art or frames are not working in a particular space or room, simply move them around to see if they would be better placed in a different location. It can take time for items to look at home in a new spot, so resist the urge to switch them straight back if you are unsure at first. If you have a gallery wall, switching around your prints, adding more, or even taking some away is an inexpensive way to completely refresh your wall – it will bring you joy each time you see it in all its glory.'

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