Art & the Artful

Rules for an Artful Gallery Wall

I know a lot of designers say “there are no rules” but really, to pull off the “there are no rules” you have to have a strong eye for design and plenty of design confidence. But that’s still ambiguous, so I say when in doubt, create a set of rules or guidelines!


Kristen Buckingham

While I lean towards a clean aesthetic overall, certain spaces beg for artwork. Our Den is sort of cut off from the rest of the house and is one of those spaces you just want to cozy up, so while I plan my gallery wall, I set out to find some inspiration walls. Once I found some I LOVE, I created a set of guidelines to make this easier. So here they are…

Gallery Wall Guidelines (the KUFRI way):
1.  Maximalism – I like a gallery wall to have only a small amount of space between pictures. I like the frames to be fairly “light” but I like the spacing to be close.
2. Objects d’art – I like mixing in objects, sculptures, textiles, unframed ephemera with framed pieces.
3. Artfully casual – I like a more informal feel rather than a stuffy, traditional feel. This means I need to pick “light” frames like maple or beech, frameless plexiglass and floating artwork in frames.  This also means I need to tack textiles and artwork that may not be framed. Everything doesn’t need to be perfectly straight (REALLY???!!!) yes laissez-faire baby!
4. Color & subject – Still pondering over this because I love so many different subjects, my wall might land up being fairly eclectic in color and subject. But I have found that putting some cohesiveness in this area makes for a more striking wall.
5. Contrast – I will definitely be adding large and small images. And chunky, graphic black & cream artwork! Contrast is a must for me in the right doses.
6. Truly collecting – It’s hard for me to go and find a gazillion pictures at the same time. It’s about truly collecting, which takes time because it means hunting for artists and pieces that you admire and love. So don’t rush into it. Use command hooks to be able to move things around. And to make the “building of the wall” easier, start in the middle and go outwards.

stacy weiss

Stacy Weiss

David Boyle

David Boyle

Christophe Vendel

Christophe Vendel

Bar Architects

Bar Architects

stacy weiss

Iconic Artists

To me, art is first and foremost, about evoking an emotion, creating a feeling, conjuring a memory. All else is insignificant. I want to share two of my favorite artists who simply put are, iconic. Georgia O’ Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth, painted in New Mexico and Maine respectively, and those are my two favorite places where I love to go over and over again. O’Keeffe and Wyeth’s works put how I feel about New Mexico and Maine onto a canvas. How beautiful is that?

O’Keeffe is open, zen, dusty, old, windy, barren… just like New Mexico.
Wyeth is moody, foggy, simple, melancholic at times, and full of mystery… just like Maine.


Pelvis IV
pelvis with the distance
Patio with black door


andrew wyeth
Witching Hour


William Morris Textiles… Forever Beautiful

William Morris, an English artist, writer and textile designer, created some of the most beautiful works in thread. He studied at Oxford but dropped out disillusioned by the study of theology, and landed up entering the fields of art and architecture through architect Philip Webb. Later, he explored painting and poetry.

Today, the unmistakable designs of William Morris can still be found in applications like wallpapers, fabrics, home furnishings, furniture and more. Many block print motifs are also inspired by this great artist. I hope you enjoy this inspirational collection of his work, its influences and applications. Dover has a few publications and CD’s with copyright-free images and artwork at this link.
Images from mixed sources.

Mary Isobel


Crown Imperial (1876)


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william morris room

Garden Tulip room set

Snakeshead textile design William Morris, produced by Morris

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