I love collections of art, photos, prints, and cards. I love it even more when it is so artfully arranged gallery style. And even more when interesting objects are thrown into the wall-scape, too. Like the above outtake from an old issue of Domino. A black frame here, a brown wooden frame there. A tiny gold frame here, an oval frame there. Several frame-less prints pinned to the wall. Typography here, vintage illustrations there. And a gorgeous ebony cameo in the middle of it all. Displayed above a white desk lined with eclectic books and a small pot of pink flowers, I could live in this photo happily forever.
Eclectic taste in art? No worries. An eclectic gallery arrangement is just your fix. Set in thin frames of various colors and metallic finishes (as to not distract from the art itself) maps, landscapes, city skylines, and art in a variety of styles exist side-by-side in perfect harmony.
|Milk and Honey Home|
This collection of antique and vintage paintings makes me absolutely swoon. Each painting depicts a different landscape, a different scene. ...But their colors and gilt frames tie them together effortlessly.
Floor to ceiling art couldn't look better in this neutral dining room. Thick white mats are the common ground for all of the art here. Most of the small and medium pieces hang in classic rectangular frames of white, black, or wood-tones. A couple dramatic frames---and a small circular one---stand out amid the gallery. I love how they totally filled up the wall... all the way up to the rafters! And when they ran out of wall space, they simply propped the leftovers up on the floor against the wall.
In this gallery, pop art mingles with classic portraiture and vintage ads mix with landscapes. An array of different but simple frames keep things eclectic without being fussy. And I can't get over how comfy that soft leather couch and fuzzy blank look.
|Show Off Art|
Behind the television is an ideal place to start a gallery. Why? Because once your gallery grows to this size, the tv seems to blend in among the different rectangles as another work of art. Love the bold red console and upholstered stools in front of it!
Black, white, beige, and metallic. You simply can't go wrong with that combination. Vintage maps and illustrations with antique photos lend a historic, character-rich feeling to this modern, masculine loft space. And that view! When can I move in? (Just kidding! I drool over these neutral palettes, but I could never live with such little color. Haha.)
Non-existent or unassuming headboard? Make up for it by hanging a gallery over your bed. Not only is every piece of art in this collection unique, but so is every frame. Thick and dark, shabby chic, brushed steel, burnished gold, crisp white, rich wood... this gallery has it all.
Stunning. Simply stunning. This is the perfect way to add a gallery to an already busy wall: uniform frames in near-uniform sizes. This would work well on exposed brick and a busy-patterned wallpaper, too.
A gallery is a perfect way to make sure a taken-for-granted space (such as a stairwell) doesn't go neglected. An abundance of white interrupted by slender gold frames (with lines similar to the light fixture) keep the gallery fresh and airy. The big, shabby chic frame at right adds a touch of drama for good measure.
|Young House Love|
Of course I had to share something executed by the Petersiks. Their gallery of white frames on a pale gray wall is young, fresh, and modern. You can really frame and display anything---letters, drawings, maps, photo booth strips, etc. And I love the unexpected details---like a trio of white skeleton keys hung amid the frames.
|Milk and Honey Home|
I think I prefer black frames over white. The contrast between the black frames and white wall is so eye-catching, especially with colorful art. Black is the only thing in common between the frames---I love that they found and used such a variety of different sizes and shapes. Some are simple and clean-lined. Others are rather ornate.
Which style of art gallery arrangements is your favorite?