One of my all-time favorite ways of decorating a wall is by creating a “gallery wall.” They come in all shapes and sizes, and frankly, that’s the beauty of it. You can use everything from a collection of vintage paintings all painted in the same tones or of the same subject, to a grouping of black and white framed photographs, to a collection of your children’s artwork, to simply leaves pressed between inexpensive frames, or even a group of mirrors. In fact, some of the most successful gallery walls mix it up, with a selection of art mixed with photography, maybe some shadow boxes, collectibles, even letters or numbers…. anything goes. A gallery wall is an excellent way of covering a large wall, and it looks particularly good going up a stairwell or along a hallway. But truly, they work anywhere. You can use ledges and lean your art on them, or simply hang your pieces on the wall, either way, you get a lot of bang for your decorating buck!
Art is always such a hard thing for me to find. I’m not big on just buying prints at Home Goods or Pier One or the like, so I’m usually looking for real art. And of course, in order to afford real art, I need to buy antique and that is not a hunt that is quick! It’s really a matter of having to wait awhile before the right thing comes along, and in the meantime, living with blank walls. Which is what I’ve been doing in my family room for awhile now. I’ve been looking and looking, and though I wanted something genuine, and probably antique, I didn’t really want another landscape (something I have a lot of in the rest of the house) and I didn’t want the French Country sheep/cow type art that I’ve had in there in the past. I didn’t know what I wanted, until I saw this picture.