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!
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.