6 Ideas to Brighten a Space with Gallery Walls

I know minimalism is all the rage right now, but something in me cringes when I walk into a house and see stark white walls and no art anywhere. Maybe it’s the artist in me talking, but there’s something about wall art that makes a space more cozy and warm. Enter the gallery wall. I’m a big fan. Not many of us can afford huge paintings that fill a wall, so gallery walls can be a great way to bring a little life to a space with a collection of smaller meaningful pictures.

But then there’s the problem of making a tasteful gallery wall without making a room feel cluttered. It’s all about balance, people. Not to mention the bajillion nail holes in the wall in the aftermath.

Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve made a list of gallery wall options I’ve incorporated in my home as well as a round up of gallery wall ideas from some other talented ladies from around the web.

How to Brighten a Space with Gallery Walls - 6 Creative Gallery Wall Ideas

1. Floating shelf

This idea just might be my favorite. Not only do you save on nail holes and stress over whether you have the layout all right, but it never gets boring. Truth be told, I usually rotate the art pieces I have for sale on this shelf and it’s not always styled perfectly, but that’s part of the appeal. It’s so simple, but it does such a great job of brightening up a wall.

Gallery Walls

2. Above bookshelves

Here’s another idea that requires no nail pounding and keeps a fresh look in any space because you can easily switch it out whenever you want. Tastefully layer with books, pottery, and meaningful photos, and you’re set.

6 Gallery wall ideas

3. Clipboard wall

This idea is one I’m pretty proud of. I just picked up some clipboards from the Dollar Tree (I mean, you can’t get much cheaper that $1 a pop), and spruced them up a little before hanging them up. This arrangement has the added bonus of being practical because you can switch out to-do lists, meal plans, calendars, or whatever you want.

clipboard gallery wall

I found some beautiful free printables that I used to decorate my clipboards and balance out the boring practical stuff. The geometric art is from Keystone Inspiration, the quotes are from Faithful with the Little, and the flower coloring page is from Polina Bright Art.

4. Wall hangings/banners

This wall was a bit of a process for me, but after a failed gallery wall and many nail holes, I finally landed on transforming Rifle Paper Company wrapping paper sheets into banners. I painted some dowels gold and attached the paper and some ribbons and it fills

Gallery Wall Ideas

5. Symmetrical

I love the idea of pictures creating a symmetrical gallery wall, but I lack the patience to measure and balance the frames so they line up perfectly. Rochelle over at Five Marigolds created a sweet example of a way to do this in a boy’s room. Plus, check out that amazing blue dresser. engineer-prints

6. asymmetrical

This might be the most obvious option for gallery walls, but it’s still a great solution to bare walls. I love to mix and match artwork with signs, photographs, cross stitch art, and other hangable items to add a little dimension and variety.


If you’re looking for more ways to brighten up a space with wall art, here’s a roundup of amazing gallery wall ideas from around the web to get your juices flowing. And of course, if you’re ever looking for pieces to add to a collection, I’ve got you covered at my art shop.

Keystone Inspiration
Free printable art to add to the little space in a gallery wallCheck out the FREE wall art printables - SUPER CUTE and colorful designs!

Design Inside the Box
Design a wall with Rifle Paper Company artFront-Entrance-Refresh-After-02-design-inside-the-box

The Vanderveen House
I worked with Jessica to create this peony print that she added to her hallway gallery wall. Check out the process here:Colorful-picture-frame-gallery-wall

Renovation Bay-Bee
I love the sweetness and simplicity of this quote wall.Poster-Lounge.png

Jersey Girl in the South
Here’s great way to mix and match different pieces to make an asymmetrical art wall. Jersey Girl In the South

North Country Nest
If you’re looking to avoid excess nail holes, try this strategy. paper-bags-and-pictures-on-wall

This is Our Bliss
I love the idea of a pegboard wall so you can change out art easily.This is Our Bliss

So, can we all agree it’s time to add a little color to those bare walls with some creative art displays? Let’s get on it!


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Etsy Seller, Art Enthusiast, Blogger, Jesus Lover, Teacher
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9 Responses to 6 Ideas to Brighten a Space with Gallery Walls

  1. Tracy S says:

    I love all of the ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Anne, these are wonderful ideas! I really love the clipboards and the floating shelf! ❤


  3. Hanha Hobson says:

    I love these ideas! I’m moving into my new apartment this weekend so I’m definitely looking for ideas. I might do the inspirational wall!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. LeNae says:

    Great tips 🙂

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  5. I LOVE a beautiful gallery wall! These are great ideas for wall layouts.


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