The Return of The Gallery Wall

If you haven’t noticed this trend creeping up on us for the past few years, you might not be following the blogs, social media accounts, and taste makers I have been. And that’s fine. To each their own. Also, I’ll admit I live and breath this stuff, so it’s pretty much what I do for work, and leisure time. Breakfast just wouldn’t be the same without that twitter feed full of inspiration. Anyway, as if the title of this didn’t already let you know what I’m talking about, the gallery wall is back and with a vengeance. Seriously, it’s snatching weaves, wiping eyebrows off, and taking names. But it’s not the gallery wall you remember it being.

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This new modern take on the gallery wall is inspired by meme culture and social media. It’s not your family’s glamour shots in the stair way, hello 80’s?! AquaNet called…they want their hair back. Actually, I’m also going to give some credit to the Harry Potter movies. Those walls took the term gallery wall to a completely different level, that I swear is almost overwhelming. Almost.

Gallery walls require a really intrinsic sense of self. You have to know who you are and what you like to execute these, and that in and of itself is a work of art. Gather images that speak to you, or that make you smile. It doesn’t have to be serious! Seriously, memes are perfectly acceptable in this kind of style. Superheros, llama weddings, SpongeBob SquarePants characters, who cares! It’s up to you! These are meant to be personal, fun, and beautiful all at once. Play with spacing, and arranging. But first, PLAN. IT. OUT!

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Start on the floor. Plan it out. Visually. Don’t go hammer crazy until you’re sold on your gallery wall. While you can always change it, this helps ensure your decision as well as allow for more arranging of different ideas. Are you going to try and communicate a shape with all of the pictures? Or are you going for a more free-flowing gallery wall? Home decor should be fun, so this is when the playing around really takes off!

These are great for children’s rooms, and give you a great creative outlet!

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Have you noticed more gallery walls in your friends or relatives homes? Or do you have one yourself? We’d love to know what you think about gallery walls in the comments below! 😀 In fact, I’ll be giving a flower arrangement away to a random winner on Friday! To enter, just comment below! ❤

All photos in this post are used with permission from Instagram user @idresstoimpress



17 thoughts on “The Return of The Gallery Wall

  1. Lori O'Mara

    Love looking at the way “it’s all put together”! I’m not a very creative person so I get inspiration from seeing how others lay it all out. Good job, Cory!!

    1. Thank you! I’m sure you could make a ladies evening of it! Invite friends over, plan out a gallery wall, and wait to have the wine AFTER hammering! haha

  2. Melisa Johnson

    I love these gallery walls. I plan on making one in my dining room when I get done painting. I may need to make another one with pictures of our grandson Tristan:)

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