Silly me, somehow I thought September would be less insanely busy than August! Ha ha. Time is scuttling along like a roller coaster, and with so many exciting things happening it has been a challenge to sit still and write. Perhaps October will bring solace and discipline? Let’s hope. In the meantime let us look at these eclectic gallery walls so I can get some fresh ideas for my stair well.
One way to do an eclectic gallery wall is put together mismatched frames in different shapes and sizes. While it is not strictly necessary to unify the images with a colour or theme, you can experiment to develop a plan that will work for you. I love the way the first collection pictured above is built of all different types of art and image yet it has relevance because the rest of the space has enough colour and pattern to support it.
The green frames make me smile. What a way to add a bright pop of colour! Choose any colour to unify a collection of odd frames. While the frames pictured are of the same shape and size you can also use this idea to marry wide ornate frames with traditional standard frames. Old frames and new frames. Square frames and circle frames. You get the idea!
Placement is key when building a gallery wall. I personally love the idea of starting a gallery and allowing it enough space to grow with time. You can add or subtract as your family grows, your lifestyle changes or you simply find something to add to your collection. You can fill a wall, create a pattern with the frames, build a staircase effect, hang the images in a vertical or horizontal line or create a random, organic pattern.
I am starting a gallery in my stair well, but you can also create a gallery wall above a sofa or bed, create a feature wall, enhance a hallway or entryway or add to any wall in your home. Choose art and images that speak to you with inspiration and beauty as you will gaze at them often. Create a story, a history or a future with the pieces you include.