5 Basic Gallery Wall Layouts

Make your home your own by creating a gallery wall. Your gallery wall should be a reflection of your tastes, dreams, and memories and will be like no one else. They come in a variety of shapes and styles, from thrown together to very formal. Whichever style you prefer, it’s one of the only decor items in your home that can keep growing with you.  

Let’s look at 5 Basic Gallery Wall Layouts.

1. Symmetrical

Symmetrical Layout

Straight, clean lines will soothe the souls of those who value order and predictability. The style creates a more formal look that works well in either a modern or more traditional home. Be sure to carefully hang the artwork to ensure perfect spacing.

2. Square

Square Layout

All artwork is arranged so that the outline creates a square or a rectangle. This requires careful planning, and it’s also tricky building on such a collection as a single new piece will compromise the layout.

3. Horizontal or Vertical Split

Horizontal Split

A well-balanced arrangement, offering the most freedom when wanting to build on the collection in future. This layout can expand either to the top or the bottom while maintaining the constant horizontal or vertical line as the starting point.

4. Corner

If your space on one wall is limited, take the layout onto an adjacent wall! This works especially well in smaller rooms.  

5. Random arrangements

Random Arrangement

This is a trendy gallery wall layout, but just like the symmetrical layout, this arrangement is deceivingly challenging to achieve.  It has the appearance of being a spontaneous, thrown together collection of artworks, but it looks good because of the careful planning that goes into arranging the pieces. For a successful random layout, ensure that vertical or horizontal midlines of pieces line up to adjacent artwork or that the collection centers around one piece.

A gallery wall can be made up of photos, artwork, mirrors, prints, or anything else really that makes you happy and feel at home. We'll talk about this more in the next post.


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