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Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a perfect way to add visual interest to a room that is very personal and curated.  There are a variety of techniques that can be used but the one thing that is a constant is that the gallery should have the feel of collection.

Some tricks of the trade for creating a gallery wall are as follows:

  1. Consider the right balance between your wall space and the frames that you want to display.
  2. Place your frames at eye level (typically five feet from the floor) unless you have very high ceilings.
  3. Be sure that your frame arrangement is centered horizontally on your wall space to create balance.
  4. Plan the layout before hanging either by arranging them on the floor or hanging craft paper on the wall.
  5. Unless you are creating a very structured linear arrangement, vary the shapes and sizes of the frames and hang both horizontal and vertical orientations to make it more interesting.
  6. If you are looking for consistency for family photos, turn your color images into black and white.

Linear and Grid

A linear and grid arrangement works best with the same frames of the same size and can be displayed either horizontally or vertically depending on the given area.  If you are looking for a clean and balanced look then linear is a good option.

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Salon

A salon style gallery, also known as a clustered configuration, is slightly more freestyle and can be a mix of framed art and objects.  This lends itself to more creativity since artworks are arranged within a loosely defined, more organic space.

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Ledge

A ledge style gallery is created by staggering the height and overlapping a group of frames.  This is a great way to showcase family photographs mixing them with etchings or other works of art.

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Staircase

Hang frames in the same upward angle of your staircase.  Anchor the display with large frames and accent the anchors with smaller frame sizes.

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Design 101

Balancing Act

Bringing balance to room creates a sense of ease and equilibrium. In interior design balance requires distributing visual weight appropriately.  It is both the avoidance of overemphasis or disregard for a given space within a room.  Either of these create an interior that appears lopsided. There are three types of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial.

Symmetrical Balance

Symmetrical balance requires a centerline creating a balance point for the arrangement.  In essence, one half is the mirror image of the other.  The image below is a great example of symmetrical balance and is very often used in formal settings such as living rooms.

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Asymmetrical Balance

In asymmetrical balance, unequal objects are placed at unequal distances from the centerline. That said, the visual weight of the size and color of objects is evenly distributed.  In other words, you want to create visual balance on each side of the centerline.  Below is an example of asymmetrical balance.  Asymmetrical balance typically lends itself to modern or informal settings.

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Radial Balance

Radial balance is circular and the objects are balanced around a central pivot point.  This type is balance is very often found in a dining room where the center of the dining table is the hub around which the objects are arranged.  The image below is an example of radial balance.

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Trends from the Nest

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are an easy way to add to dimension to any wall as well showcase your favorite accessories.  The current trend is floating shelving in kitchens, however there are many rooms where they can be both practical and decorative:

Bathroom: store lotions and notions along with folded towels.

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Office: showcase books, binders, photos and small plants.

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Living Room Photo Gallery:  feature artwork, family photographs or some combination of both.

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Above a Fireplace:  adds a clean modern look and place to showcase decorative items.

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