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Gallery wall ideas: 15 picture wall and display ideas to create impact

Add heaps of character to your home with our eye-catching gallery wall ideas – including picture walls and clever display ideas

Gallery wall ideas
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There's nothing more inspiring than the gallery wall ideas we have to share with you here. Still very much on-trend – and likely to be for years to come – a gallery wall is both a brilliant way to fill a blank wall space, and to add your own personality to a room too. It's affordable and quite frankly, a really easy update that is sure to have a grand impact on your surroundings. So, if you haven't already jumped on this trend, it's time. 

A gallery wall needn't be a picture wall only – you can use everything from mirrors to plants to create interest and character on a wall – as you'll see from our ideas.

Looking for more design ideas and inspiration? Take a look at our design hub.

There are no rules with a gallery wall, but it is the perfect space to show off your favourite things. Be that art and vintage photo frames, maps or other trinkets, – who'd have thought their righteous home would be on the wall? Check out our ideas below and start building your own.

Create a gallery wall with plates

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 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.

Wall gallery with different frames

All prints, Desenio

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If you have a collection of much-loved art, family photos or favourite 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 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

Fairy lights gallery wall

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.  

4. Layer up prints on a picture ledge

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.

5. Create a living wall

Create a living wall

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, 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

Textured woven wall hangings

Find similar fringed baskets and more wall art at Anthropologie

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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.

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

Quirky wall art for children's bedrooms

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. 

Check out more gorgeous kids' room ideas in our feature.

Enhance your space with mirrors

For similar mirrors, try Rough Old Glass or Cult Furniture

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

Create a gallery wall with peg rails

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.

10. Get creative with lighting 

Curiousa & Curious Siren lights

(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.

11. Break up a white scheme with coloured accents

Living room with grey sofa, a gallery wall and built-in dresser

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

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.

Love this space? Take a tour of the rest of the gorgeous Georgian home, it's own by Lisa Dawson so you know it's going to be impeccable. 

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 colour scheme. We love the look of this neutral gallery wall, the colours 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 colour scheme won't overwhelm the space. 

Love the look of the gallery wall? Make sure you check out the rest of this beautiful Copenhagen apartment

13. 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 colour 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.

Pink wall with gallery wall of art prints in a dining area

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

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 coloured backdrop and give your favourite 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. 

15. Match colours within artwork to create a cohesive feel

Living in Colour Renovated 1960s terrace

(Image credit: Fiona Walker-Arnott)

Picking artwork with a common colour 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 colours will help knit the scheme together.

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