Gallery wall inspiration: Tips and tricks for creating an eye-catching display at home

Love the gallery wall trend? From picking a theme to deciding on the right frames, here’s how to get started on bringing the trend into your home

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Add life to your home with decorative wall art

Over the last few years, gallery walls – opting to showcase an array of paintings, posters, postcards and so on framed onto one wall rather than a larger, singular work of art – has been a popular interior trend.

But if you’ve admire the trend for a while but haven’t had the time or know-how to get started, here our guide to mastering it at home – from finding the perfect images to framing them in style.

Tips for curating a gallery wall at home

Decide on a theme

The first step is settling on the overall theme for your gallery wall to ensure the finale product is more curated masterpiece than chaotic mess. “Look at what you already have, choose a colour scheme and stick to a theme while searching for additional pieces to add to your picture wall gallery,” advises interior stylist Ash Young, who likes to browse Drawdeck, Rocket St George, Etsy and Society6 for inexpensive, contemporary prints.

Add elements of arts and crafts

Get creative by stringing up your pics and securing them with a clipboard clip for a pretty garland-style gallery. Add fairy lights for a magical effect.

Implement different dimensions

Use display boxes, wall decorations and sculptural lights, as well as mirrors in different shapes and sizes to add another dimension.

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Gallery walls are great for children’s rooms, too. Image credit: IKEA

Add meaningful pieces to your collection

Your fridge full of your little one’s artwork? Use this your wall as a way to immortalised the piece that mean the most to you. Alternatively, you could also use this as your wider theme, and personalise your kid’s bedroom with some framed artworks made by them. Get the little ones involved in hanging up their masterpieces, too.

Mix and match frames

Think beyond a safe-bet black and white framed gallery. Mix up the artworks, frames and mediums to let your personality shine.

A gallery walls doesn’t need to be full or overly-light bright colours Image credit: HK Living at Urban Nest

Use a wall recess to your advantage

Make the most of a wall recess by creating your own curated corner of artistic accessories, such as beautiful vases, potted plants and sculptures

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Work around usual room shapes for a fun finish. Image credit: IDdesign

Add shelves to the mix

Can’t actually nail all your framed work to the wall? Head to IKEA for some narrow floating shelves – they’re sleek and chic, plus they allow you to instantly change and rearrange photos and artworks.

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If you can’t nail frames to the wall, display them on shelves instead. Image credit: IKEA

Don’t be afraid to make a statement

If you’d like to make a statement with one large piece of art without breaking the bank, get creative. Frame some pretty wallpaper, a textile with a beautiful motif, or hang a rug on the wall.

For more inspiration when it comes to home interiors, see our guide to using lighting to create a luxe interior and tricks for taking a house from cold to cosy.

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