It’s the age-old question: do you buy art to match a room, or design a room around your art? Most of us fall somewhere in the middle, but buying and styling art can sometimes feel overwhelming. Here are a few tips straight from me, and follow me on Pinterest for ongoing style inspo.
Know the spaces you’re trying to fill. Keep their measurements in your phone and a tape measure in your car. You never know when you will come across a perfect piece of art, and there’s nothing worse than getting it home only to realize it’s too tall for your mantle.
To save on custom framing, buy art in standard sizes so you can buy off-the-shelf frames. Here’s a handy reference for standard sizes. (Most of my prints are standard sizes, btw!)
You can’t ever go wrong with classic black frame and a 2” mat. A big mat = chic, elevated. No mat = bold
Gallery Wall tips
A perfect gallery wall always seems effortless. Good planning can get you there. And while there are no rules, here are a few helpful tips:
Pick a lane: find photos of gallery walls you like and determine the common thread. A color story, consistent framing styles, or total eclectic.
Plan it out: lay the pieces out on the floor to arrange them then take a photo. You can also cut out paper templates of each piece to play with the arrangement on the wall.
Have fun: there are no rules. Frame old postcards, matchbooks, napkins, book covers. Anything that is meaningful to you can be a part of the art in your home and a gallery wall is the perfect way to bring them together.
Get inspired! Check out my Pinterest board of gallery walls below.
A few of My Favorite Designers
Beth Diana Smith: Bold, eclectic style. I LOVE the way she uses artwork in her spaces. If you love joyful, layered spaces, follow her today!
@bethdianasmith on Instagram
Emily Henderson: Approachable, fun design that often incorporates items from Target an other budget and family friendly brands.
Max Humphrey: He blends Americana with that seeing-it-everywhere vintagey, Pendleton outdoorsy vibe. I love how homey his spaces are.
@maxwhumphrey on Instagram.