16 Creative Gallery Wall Ideas
1. Go Big
Soaring cathedral ceilings accompanied by oodles of wall space provided the perfect forum for displaying a grand collection of oceanic finds. The empty glass frames also allow the living room to maintain its large, open ambiance.
2. Frame Your Finds
Antique, nautical maps of the Mid-Atlantic coast and a pair of fish-eye mirrors frame the bed in this Norfolk, Virginia, bedroom with a graphic, symmetrical arrangement.
3. Incorporate Beachy Treasures
In our Ultimate Beach House in Seabrook, Washington, designer Tim Clarke decked out the dining room wall with a collection of paintings, prints, and photographs in neutral tones. We love the addition of coastal finds, like the miniature ship wheel.
5. Turn Family Photos into Wallpaper
Take family photos to the next level by creating custom wallpaper with favorite snaps. We love the large scale applied in this Long Island bedroom, as well as the integration of bright colors and fun patterns in the bedding and furnishings.
6. Choose a Theme
In the sitting room of this Key Biscayne, Florida, beachfront apartment, soft aqua walls are adorned with antique nautical prints, giving the space an all-around oceanic vibe.
7. Be Bold with Black
In this master bath, an ensemble of dramatic black-and-white sailing photographs enlivens soft, muted elements, like pale blue wain-scot and a pink upholstered ottoman.
8. Balance Shapes
A uniform collection of matted sea-inspired artwork ups the formality of this Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, dining room. To balance out the octagonal judges panels below, designer and homeowner Karen Robertson opted for a tight grouping of identical square white frames.
9. Unify with Unique Matting
This breakfast nook gallery wall has bold-meets-nostalgic flair, thanks to the blue-trimmed red matting that surrounds each antique Bahamas tourism ad. Dark bamboo frames amp up the play on island style.
10. Add an Empty Frame
This eclectic Jamaican cottage boasts no shortage of colorful local art that’s been lovingly displayed by owner (and proprietor of the famous Jake’s Hotel) Sally Henzel. Above her homemade dumbwaiter, Henzel combines watercolors, oils, sketches, and even a lilac-hued empty frame for a bohemian look.
11. Try a Laid-Back Approach
Like the SoCal surf town it inhabits, this dining nook, designed by Peter Dunham, embraces a relaxed vibe. Most of the black-and-white framed pieces rest on the banquette ledge, proving you can achieve gallery wall beauty without a hammer and nails.
12. Embrace Black and White
13. Let the Space Define the Shape
A gathering of black and white photos is the perfect solution for an open staircase wall that was once lost and empty. These oblong black-framed photographs provide a stark contrast against the airy all-white walls and ceiling.
14. Arrange an Array of Artwork
An entry wall is a prime spot for displaying cherished antique finds. Here, an anchor sconce, oversize whale sculptures, and a whimsical mermaid painting by Cape Cod artist Ralph Cahoon complement early 19th century antique furnishings below.
15. Take Up for Tradition
To enliven the white walls in this Bahamas beach cottage sitting room, design guru Amanda Lindroth decided to hang a series of the homeowner’s sketches in an English brass museum display.
16. Use Different Frames
Gold, chrome, blonde, and dark frames blend beautifully in this stairwell gallery. The mix of mod sketches, coastal photographs, and classic paintings play well together thanks to each piece’s calm color palette and white matting.