Along with my dream of a turquoise accent wall, I would love to create a gallery wall of some of my photography to go along with the turquoise. I touched on this idea a bit in a previous blog, but I’ve been coming across even more inspiration lately. Here are some gallery walls that inspire me:
True to form, I’m including a J.Crew mention. This gallery wall was commissioned for the J.Crew men’s shop on New York’s Madison Avenue. “The wall is a mix of different worlds and elements, like our designs,” says Frank Muytjens, J.Crew’s head of men’s design. I like that there’s an upper east side theme going on. I’m thinking of doing the same for Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood.
I like how H&H editor Suzanne Dimma framed her art in different finishes and thicknesses. The combination of black, natural wood, and bronze makes the gallery wall seem like a casual, ongoing project. Sometimes I think all-matching frames look too neat and tidy.
Or pick up frames in unique shapes for added interest. How about these extra-long frames!?!?! Love. Probably best suited to a long empty wall, where smaller frames may seem lost. If you only have a small wall to work with, opt for smaller frames to make the wall seem larger than it is.
To avoid the too-curated look, add some artifacts other than photography. This shelf bracket mounted flush to the wall makes a perfect ledge for a piece of art that you may not want to hang. And it adds interest, along with the deer heads, on a wall of frames.
Or combine photography with drawings and paintings for a casual, look-at-all-my-beautiful-things look. All photography or all paintings, for instance, looks too contrived, don’t you think?
I’m always drawn to portraits. I spend a bit of time on photographers’ websites at work, and I tend to linger over their portraits. This arrangement in Eileen Peters’ home (a model and photographer) was captured perfectly by Todd Selby. The portrait and vintage posters really add a personal element to the space.
Enough inspiration. How do I actually go about this gallery wall in my head? Earlier this month, Apartment Therapy had a great how-to post on gallery walls. Their step-by-step method makes it seem so simple! She, too, combined paintings and prints, and I think it really makes for a dynamic grouping. They also include the tip I think is most important: cut out the frame shapes in newspaper and arrange them on the wall with tape before you start hammering holes in your wall.
As for me, I think I’ll keep my gallery wall simple, with an arrangement of black frames in different sizes. The Ribba frames from Ikea are sleek, simple, and affordable. Just my style. And I already have some favourite travel photos in my head that will look great in black and white. Now, I just need to work up some motivation…
1. Lonny December 2010 issue, photography by Patrick Cline
2. All the Best blog, photography by Rob Fiocca
3. Apartment Therapy
4. Rue September/October 2010 issue, photography by Manny Rodriguez
6. Eileen Peters and Mark Wiesmayr’s Venice Beach home, The Selby
7. Apartment Therapy