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9 Expert Tips on How to Create a Gallery Wall of Art at Your Place

I’m so excited to team up with one of my fave art brands today, Desenio, to show you how to create a gallery wall of art at your place. And not only are we delivering you a tonne of dreamy inspiration, but you can enter to win a $500 voucher to spend on their website too. Christmas has come early!

I know that attempting gallery walls can be tricky. There are so many gorgeous examples online, but how do you take those ideas and replicate them on your own walls? And how do you make them look just as divine as the inspo pics? Well, wonder no more, because I’m going to give you some practical tips below.

If you’re already a pro at putting together gallery walls, you can scroll right to the end of the post to enter to win the $500 Desenio voucher. But for the rest of you: prepare to walk away with some real-world tips and advice to make your gallery wall a stunner.

This post is produced in partnership with Desenio. See some of their gallery wall designs here.

black white and grey gallery wall artworks in living room desenio prints framed on wall

First, Decide on a Theme

Every gallery wall has a theme. Or at the very least, a loose theme. Scroll through the images in this post and you’ll see what I mean. The theme might be feminine fashion. It might be minimal chic. It might be inspirational/motivational. It could even be a watercolour story.

Don’t get too bogged down in defining what your theme is (you don’t have to name it), but for cohesions sake it’s worth having all of the artworks in your gallery speak to one another in some way. They can speak through shapes, through style or through colour. As long as they’re talking.

Though they should speak to one another, it’s best to still enjoy variety. For example, you don’t want a six-piece gallery wall to feature six beach photos. More on this further down.

desenio watercolour art prints in oak frames home office gallery wall artworks

Now Develop a Colour Story

The artworks in this post are all grouped with a colour palette in mind. It’s honestly the easiest way to ensure the gallery wall you create doesn’t look too visually chaotic.

You want to keep your gallery wall to about two or three mains colours. Executing it with restraint on the colour front will keep it feeling sophisticated, which to be fair is what Desenio does best: produce wonderfully modern artworks that feel chic and elegant without even trying!

I’ve seen examples of gallery walls where there are endless colour combinations, but I feel they often get a little overwhelming. Don’t go beyond four tones and you’ll keep it feeling on-point.

Bonus Tip: If you’re struggling with the colour story you want to tell on your gallery wall, examine the look of your room. Take cues from colours in furniture like armchairs, or look to tones in decor like rugs or cushions and replicate those on the wall.

think black frame gallery wall with black and white desenio artworks wrapping around corner

Mix Your Art Mediums

Now, this will come down to a bit of personal preference, and will depend on the theme you’re executing on your gallery wall. But, when I do gallery walls for my design clients I like to mix my mediums.

What I mean by that is that the one gallery wall will be made up of different types of art. Think a piece of quote art, an illustration, some photography, perhaps some numbers in a piece. It makes the gallery wall feel visually rich if you do it this way, as opposed to replicating six or seven quote artworks side-by-side.

And by keeping tip #2 in mind (controlling your colour story) you’ll strike the right balance between the gallery looking interesting but not too intense.

desenio minimalist artworks gallery wall on olive green wall in living room with rattan sideboard

Keep Frame Styles Consistent

It takes a really keen design eye to create a gallery wall with tonnes of different frame styles. My preference (and one that is way easier to get right) is to keep the frame style fairly consistent.

For example, don’t mix a really thick black frame with a really thin gold frame. Don’t mix an elaborate gilded frame with a modern oak frame. It’s too crazy a combination and feels too muddled and confused.

Keeping the frame style (and colour) consistent makes the gallery wall feel more contemporary, which is always my approach with interiors. If you really want to, you can mix colours (like gold and black, or black and white), but it trends to look better if you keep it similar.

Bonus Tip: Don’t stress over matte borders inside the frame. You can happily mix these across your gallery wall artworks. One artwork can feature a white matte border, for example, while another can have none. It looks great!

creating a gallery wall of art in white frames on olive green wall

Embrace Different Sized Frames

Creating a perfect nine-grid gallery wall where all the frames are the same size is an approach I tend to reserve for family photos, not artworks. You can see what I mean in my Melbourne CBD project here. When it comes to creating a gallery wall of frames, mixing the sizes is one of my top recommendations.

If you had 10 framed pieces of art in your gallery wall, I would vary the frame sizes so you have four of one size, three of another size, and three of another. You don’t want every single frame to be a different size or it can look a bit thrown together.

Bonus Tip: If you have two frames the same size, try keeping one in portrait orientation and turning the other one landscape. There are so many images here from Desenio where this is done and it looks stellar.

desenio art black and white gallery wall on beige painted wall in home office

Space Them Out Correctly

This one is a little ‘choose your own adventure’ because every wall is different and every gallery wall look is quite personal. But there are a few guidelines I like to follow when I’m trying to figure out exactly where each piece of art will go.

The biggest blunder I see clients make is art placed too close together on a gallery wall. It’s nice to leave about 10 to 15cm between each piece. You want to give them room to breathe. You want to appreciate each individual artwork, but get that they’re part of an ensemble.

I also prefer a sense of random placement when hanging art in a gallery wall formation. It makes the space feel more approachable, but it’s also much easier to do on your own. Trying to perfectly line up 10 frames with a hammer, hook and spirit level can be tricky, so I’d suggest you embrace the random placement and make life a lot easier!

creating a gallery wall with oak frames and desenio art

Lay Them Out Before you Hang

I do this all the time with clients of mine when creating gallery walls of art. I also do it when installing photos as well.

Before you bring out the hammer and hook, take all of your artworks and put them on the floor. This is where you’ll start to play with where each piece works best. Move them around a lot and a configuration will start to take shape – trust me!

For best results I like to ensure there’s variety in the art sitting directly next to each other. For example, if you have two pieces of quote art, don’t hang them right next to one another; break them up with a photograph or illustration instead.

desenio art in thin gold frames leaning on dark brown sideboard

Try a Leaner Gallery Wall Too

This is a good option for renters who don’t want to nail into the wall, but also for rooms where you might not want a lot of art dominating the wall. The image above is a glorious example of a few pieces from Desenio resting beautifully on a sideboard, and they’re impactful enough just as they are.

Notice how the three pieces follow so many of the rules mentioned above? They mix mediums, the colour palette is restrained, there’s a distinct theme going on, the frames are of a similar profile and they’re different sizes. This configuration ticks all the boxes.

Bonus Tip: If you already have some existing photos at home, work them into a scene like this. It’s nice to have a personal touch in your gallery wall, so don’t be afraid to mix some glorious new Desenio pieces with some of your treasured possessions.

charcoal grey feature wall with gallery wall of art prints from desenio

Consider the Paint Colour Behind the Art

You know I’ve long been on a mission to banish white walls from the rooms of homes, so it’ll come as no surprise that I recommend you try painting a feature wall behind your gallery of artworks.

That’s not to say that your artworks won’t look delicious on a crisp white wall, because they will. But just look at all the moody paint colours splashed across the walls of the images in this post. If you ask me, they make the artworks shine even more.

Plus, it also allows you to develop a colour story within the art pieces if you draw inspiration from the paint colour you’ve used on the wall. Just sayin’.

creating a gallery wall in a bedroom black and white artworks on bedroom wall

Win a $500 Voucher to Spend on Art from Desenio

PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. THE WINNER WAS CLARE FLEMING.

The team at Desenio have been kind enough to offer up a $500 voucher for you to spend on any art you like from their website. Just follow the prompts below to enter.

To enter the draw to win the $500 voucher, simply:

Competition is open to Australian residents only. Competition closes 11.59pm Friday February 12. Winner will be announced here and notified via email.

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Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. ALMOST NUDE WATERCOLOR POSTER and Girl on the Floor are my two favourites,I love the female body, I think its so quaint, so gorgeous!

  2. Love the Abstract figures – especially number 3 – but the other similar ones look great also!

  3. Thank you for your post as usual Chris, always love your advice. I have just been awakened to Desenio! Love and will shop here for certain. My favourite so far is the Pastel Horizon poster. Oh wow, reminds me of being free in the surf and breathing deeply and calmly – floating. -xxx-

  4. I would love to create a Botanical themed wall gallery in my office so my clients can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this artwork. I want my clients to feel rejuvenated and empowered in a stunning office filled with beautiful art work. Love the Always Hope poster, Palm Tree in Rome, Monstera Two poster and many others 🙂

  5. The MARRAKECH FACADE POSTER is a standout for me! I love the muted colours, soothing symmetry and the dark doorway draws me into the cool dim depths of the hallway.

  6. My favourites are the nature prints like autumn floral and pink peony and the dramatic fairy tale flower print. It’s amazing how looking at a flower print can evoke the same emotions and feelings of peace and calm and beauty as you find when walking in the garden and really shows how important nature is to our wellbeing.

  7. Thanks for sharing the Desenio website Chris, I’m loving their prints!
    I’m looking to change up my entry hall artwork, and I think I’d like to go with a monochrome B&W look.
    And of course, what are we all missing right now? Travel!!!
    So I think I’d pick Streets of Haviana, Big Ben, Grand Central Terminal, Pont Alexandre, San Francisco, and Flatiron. A great collection of photos of places I’ve travelled to and buildings I adore, to remind myself that these things will still be there when travel opens back up again, and until then I can admire their beauty every time I walk in my front door 🙂

  8. It’s hard to pick any one in particular, as there are some stunning artworks. For me , I love the simplicity of the Dandelion theme

  9. Dreamy Peony No1 Poster is continuing to come into my mind as a perfect finish to our formal lounge with white fabric sofa and deep purple cushions. It would be a perfect compliment to this room. I love it.

  10. So many choices! I’m drawn to the purple canyon pieces and would aim to use this as my focus piece. It would be the start of the gallery on my rose pink office wall (I have taken up the challenge of no white walls!). I would mix this with more of the black and white prints.

  11. Love the PAPER CUTS NO2 POSTER, I went to some awesome exhibitions in Stockholm (albeit not this particular one). I like to have art on my walls that function as a souvenir of special experiences in my travels

  12. Thanks for introducing us to Desenio prints, Chris! I would love the Pastel Pink Palm print for my room (so pretty!) and the Flower Deer poster for my girls’ room (so cute!). I love that there are so many prints that work beautifully together – with $500 there will be some serious gallery walls happening (especially now that we have these great tips from you!).

  13. OMG – I just have to get Tropical Nights into my home. That is stunning. The water soothes my soul. I’m loving loads of your beach posters.

  14. What an impossible task! They are all so lovely! I love the cotton candy sky print (and about 100 others!

  15. I love the Surfers Wave poster. It inspires me to create a coastal-themed gallery wall in my home. Also love the city map posters for an off-beat look.

  16. Love love love this blog! Timing couldn’t be better for a fabulous giveaway. My bedroom makeover has hit a final snag – bought one new print for above the bed and it’s too small. A complimentary gallery wall would look perfect but I have already blown the budget!!! Help! Desenio to the rescue for an amazing Botanical Gold gallery wall for my Cali Cool room!

  17. Wow. To be able to mix and match and select items as gorgeous & diverse as the Beetle white poster and the Graphic nude No.2 based on Colour is a game changer. Such a stunning and affordable way to provide a focal point to my hall table or lounge room wall. Such a fantastic idea, almost matches my name and definitely suits my aesthetic! Thanks for the great post Chris!

  18. I love the iconic photgraphs ~ and the vintage prints but the Visit Copenhagen or CPH 66 are both very special, from my country of origin, and would work well in my home… Thank you Chris

  19. I’m currently restyling a living room and have designed the perfect gallery wall using these Desenio prints:

    Eucalyptus Branch Three
    Dried Botanical Life No. 1
    Dusty Green Door
    Misty Meadow Flower
    To Be Wonderful Poster
    Abstract Green
    Golden Seams No 2
    Elephants on the Savannah

    The backdrop wall is a pale green and the furniture and accessories will be neutral with touches of green. This selection of prints I’ve chosen will compliment the style perfectly. The home is in a bush setting with lots of natural light and greenery so I’ve chosen some botanical options that will connect inside and out, while the abstract prints add loads of interest and bursts of colour. Elephants are the family favourite animal, so this addition will add a personal touch to the gallery wall. The artwork will be the talking point of the room!

  20. Autumn bouquet number 2 – such a. sultry picture and in nudes that are very versatile. I love the shapes and figure configuration – you could adapt furniture and other pieces to match easily.

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