Of all home decorating tasks, one that is perhaps most neglected and intimidating is hanging wall art. We’ve all had those art-propped-up-against-the-wall, must-buy-a-spirit-level times or those painfully noncommittal moments of actually taking hammer to nail (“What if I change my mind? What if I hang it incorrectly?”). Thankfully there’s one easy and effective place to start – gallery walls.
“A gallery wall can add character and an extra layer to the room,” claims interior design Maurizio Pellizzoni, “Artwork is very important when completing the interior of any project. A great selection of art can easily represent the owner’s lifestyle and influence the mood of the room. For our Ascot Lodge project (above) we used a power rail system to hang the artwork in the Grade-II-listed Georgian room. This system made the art gallery flexible and prevents any damage to the restored panelling. For this project we chose contemporary photography and art to create a more modern feel in the stunning Georgian room.”
As Maurizio suggests, these arrangements make great use of your vertical space as well as being one of the most personal art display formations available. The beauty of gallery walls is their countless possibilities in both configuration and medium. A series of prints, shadow boxes filled with interesting artefacts, treasured kids’ drawings, personal photographs, mirrors or a mixture of any or all make interesting gallery wall choices. Even more, gallery walls lend themselves to basically any room from a spacious living room to a small-scale vestibule.
Learn how to master the look with advice from these wall art ideas from art-loving designers.