Gallery walls get a bad rap sometimes. Sure, they’re an elegant way to display multiple pieces of art, mirrors, heirlooms, and more, but… they take some work. You need to find the right items to go together and place them just so in order to create the desired effect. Add to that the occasional need to so some real measuring of walls and actual math, and… you can see why they scare some people off.

To make things a bit easier, we Chairish maximalists have just launched gallery wall sets featuring pieces from our Print Shop, so you can find incredible art that our curators have selected to work together. These pieces from diverse artists are designed to look exquisite together, in any room in the home. Below, see some of our new sets and get some tips for creating gallery walls in different spaces. Whether you’re dressing up a dining room or trying to create a Zen-style bedroom, we’ve got ideas (as always). And for more incredible exclusive art, be sure to shop everything available in the Chairish Print Shop.

Leather accent chair sits under a gallery wall of bright, graphic paintings

Build Around a Focal Point

It may sound counterintuitive for designs that feature multiple pieces, but gallery walls work best when they have a focal point for the eye to rest on. Start with one central element and build around that, with other items that are complementary. You can even select art that appears to flow from piece to piece, as in the example above.

A light gray couch with boucle chair sits under a blue-themed gallery wall

An Eclectic Mix of Styles

Just as with fashion, you shouldn’t limit yourself to something matchy-matchy when putting together a gallery wall. Of course it’s visually pleasing to have elements that speak to each other, as in the blue and aqua hues above, but it’s great to diversify. Photography, watercolors, and word art can come together to produce something that speaks cohesively and is greater than the sum of its parts.

White staircase with dark wood accents and colorful painting gallery wall

Add Drama & Height

If you’re blessed with high ceilings — and, oh, a second floor — use it. Let a gallery wall ascend to the ceiling and dress up spaces that sometimes play second fiddle, like staircases. This is an opportunity to use quite a few pieces of art in an expressive, angular way, without adhering to a rigid sense of symmetry that you might feel yourself drawn to in a typical room.

Round red dining table with rattan dining chairs under a gallery wall of impressionist paintings

Play with Shapes & Perspective

Similarly, gallery walls provide an opportunity to break expectations when it comes to symmetry of styles. Create visual variation by using art with orientations that are vertical, horizontal, or square and enable each piece to shine on its own and as a unit. It’s a great way to bring together diverse art with different perspectives and create something unified.

Boho bedroom set sits under three green and blue watercolor paintings

Pick a Palette

Some spaces are best served by a unified color scheme, depending on what you want to achieve. If you’d like to create a serene, relaxing bedroom, consider selecting art with a cohesive palette, like serene blues and greens or calming creams and whites. This can ensure a room that’s stylish and restful at the same time.

A dark wood side table with gold sculptures sits under pink paintings

Keep Away the Clutter

There’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. Don’t overdo it with gallery walls and avoid the temptation to put just one more thing up (cue the Coco Chanel advice about removing one article of clothing before leaving the house). This is particularly true when it comes to spaces that might naturally tend to become cluttered, like console tables or desks.


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June 13, 2021

Dennis Sarlo is the executive editor of Chairish and a lover of all things design-related. Prior to joining the team, he served as the executive editor of Dering Hall and was the first site director of Architectural Digest. He was also part of the founding team of travel startup Jetsetter. He lives in New York.