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Gallery walls

The gallery wall design feature has surged in popularity over recent years. Putting together a collection of art and photography that means something to you can enhance and personalise any wall space in your home.

A gallery wall can grow organically, beginning with just a few pieces and flourishing over time, or can emerge quickly from an existing collection. Collecting pieces together and hanging them at the same time will give a sleek look. You may have a selection of black and white photographs, all in dark wood frames, and hanging them in a straight line or grid formation works particularly well in modern spaces.

A space that grows organically is likely to give a more eclectic aesthetic, allowing you to display a variety of your most loved art, photography and typography without being tied to a particular theme. You can add and take away pieces easily without being overly concerned about retaining a cohesive structure. You can also experiment freely. Try incorporating some empty frames or mirrors for extra dimension.

A crisp white wall is a tried and tested base for a gallery wall, with deep blues and rich blacks also ensuring that your art remains the star of the show. You can also add art on top of patterned wallpapers - think of this in the same way as mixing clashing prints in fashion. Ensuring the wallpaper does not overwhelm the art is important, with the right balance providing a big visual impact.

Hanging pieces from floor to ceiling will create a dramatic effect. This technique works especially well in smaller spaces, such as at the bottom of the stairs, or in an alcove. Building a gallery wall around an existing piece of furniture, such as a side table, and incorporating large plants and floor lamps will ensure your design has texture and looks relaxed and cohesive.

When you have collected a few pieces together, it is time to decide on a layout. Lay your chosen pieces on the floor and experiment with different placements. This method means you don’t need to make any unnecessary holes in your wall. Think about grouping similar colours together, or creating a visual story with your images. You could use your space to display your life in pictures, beginning with yourself as a child and ending with some images of your own children, or perhaps you have travelled extensively and want to display pieces from the places you have visited.

Have fun with it and you are sure to end up with a wall that evokes happy memories every time you walk past.

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