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Amazing Art Walls

Try these ideas for arranging art to create a unique focal point in your home

Written by Sally Finder Weepie
  • Werner Straube

    Falling for great art is easy. Figuring out how to display all the pieces you love can be a little harder. But we have you covered with great tips and inspiration from rooms by some of our favorite designers.

    When each piece of your collection speaks to one story, as in the case of these dramatic nature photos, arranging the art in a large symmetrical grid delivers big impact. It’s also a great way to balance the negative wall space above a sofa.

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    Design: Tom Stringer

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  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Modern Flair

    A grid layout doesn’t have to be an exact square or rectangle. Break from the box a bit, especially if you’re displaying vibrant modern art. This arrangement keeps the symmetry, but feels energized by the long and narrow vertical pieces that burst outside the lines.

    Design: Tish Mills

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  • John Granen

    Meet the Family

    A gallery wall can be the perfection solution for displaying favorite family photos. Placed in the entry, it’s an excellent way to introduce guests to the people who matter in your life—or welcome those important people home. When creating an organic-shape arrangement, keep some order so it doesn’t feel frenetic. Align the tops, bottoms, or sides of some frames, and use the same mats and frames for a cohesive feel—especially important when you have a mix of color and black-and-white images.

    Design: Kelie Grosso

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  • John Bessler and Jonathan Wallen

    Mix Things Up

    If all of your faves are different sizes, don’t worry. On a mixed gallery wall, odd shapes are good. They keep the eye moving and make your wall memorable. Start by anchoring your arrangement with the largest piece. Here it’s in the middle, but it doesn’t have to be. Just decide where you want the largest piece, and then build around it. Keep a pleasing feel by aligning or centering some pieces off of others.

    Design: Susan Hurwitt, Victoria Cameron, and Capucine Gooding

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  • John Merkl

    Nix the Nails

    A hammer isn’t mandatory when creating a gallery wall. In the dining room of this California ranch, art pieces sit on a counter, leaning on a dramatic grasscloth wall. It’s a modern take on the classic picture rail.

    Design: Cecily Mendell

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  • Tim Street-Porter

    Go All Out

    A whole lot of art and a whole lot of wall space collide to create the perfect storm in this Los Angeles mansion: a glorious tornado of art. The mélange of photos and paintings swirls from the entry, lifting the eye up to the stairway above and transforming what was a cold, dark, daunting space into something warm, lively, and approachable. “We needed to shrink this place to make it feel more human,” homeowner Francesca Delbanco says. “And we quickly realized the only way to do that was to completely fill it with stuff.” 

    Design: Louise Voyazis

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  • John Bessler and Jonathan Wallen

    Make Connections

    Connect two of your greatest passions by placing a grouping of collected art pieces on a wall above a console table set with family photos or snapshots from your travels. Pulled together into one seamless display, the grouping brings extra impact to a room.

    Design: Susan Hurwitt, Victoria Cameron, and Capucine Gooding

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  • John Bessler and Jonathan Wallen

    Be Inspired

    An inspiration board can become part of a gallery wall in a creative space like a studio or office. This wall in Capucine Gooding’s studio pairs family photos with fabric swatches, paint chips, magazine pages, and her daughters’ artwork.

    Design: Susan Hurwitt, Victoria Cameron, and Capucine Gooding

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  • John Merkl

    Include the Kids

    A gallery space reserved for kid art brings a fresh young attitude—and amazing color—to a casual eating nook. Set it up so it can be everchanging, filled with the latest works from the young artists in your life.

    Design: Cecily Mendell

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  • Jean Allsopp

    Think Beyond Art

    Collections, like these shells, become artwork when grouped in matching shadow boxes and displayed on a gallery wall. The shells, combined with curtains for a sense of enclosure, make this office nook feel especially cozy and inviting.

    Design: Georgia Carlee

    Go inside this Gulf Coast retreat.

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  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Frame a Doorway

    Matched grids of art on each side of this entry door balance the wall and bring bold yet livable color to gloss-white walls. The modern vibe provides interesting counterpoint to the classic door style and mingles well with the orange upholstered benches.

    Design: Tish Mills

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  • Eric Roth

    Stop People in the Hall

    This gallery wall doesn’t just frame a doorway, it makes the doorway feel like part of the display. The large door rectangle anchors the wall, which is filled with the homeowner’s collection of works by Cape Cod artists. The array of art takes the hallway from a pass-through space to a stop-them-in-their-tracks gallery.

    Design: George Nunno and Jon Maroto

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  • Caroline Allison

    Go Graphic

    Same-size black-and-white sports photos create a graphic scheme that’s enhanced by the geometric-pattern rug and throw pillows in this boy’s room. 

    Design: Julie Couch

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  • Werner Straube

    Be Classic

    Placing a grid of like art in a space defined by a wall molding creates pleasing symmetry. The gray frames echo the color of draperies and keep the monochromatic, neutral room feeling serene and sophisticated.

    Design: Gail Plechaty

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  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Pop in Some Color

    Framed pink silhouettes stacked vertically lend that little punch of color to a neutral bedroom.

    Design: Wendy Kirkland

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