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5 Gallery Walls That Work for Type A People

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I enjoy a good gallery wall—I just don’t want the usual jumbled iteration of one in my house.

That’s because, while I can appreciate the joy of a haphazard collection of frames elsewhere, in my own space, visual clutter turns into mental clutter: I like a little order in my disorder.

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I could not live here (or there). Photos by Pinterest, Pinterest

Luckily, the solution is simple: Add a little order to your gallery wall.

With my arrangement (shown below) I used an imaginary horizontal line to break up the collection of artwork and create some organization—just a bit, not too much. You’ll notice that not everything lines up perfectly on that horizontal line, and there are a couple outliers to add interest.

Order, sweet order. (With an acceptable level of wonkiness with the "Bonne Nuit" lace crochet.)
Order, sweet order. (With an acceptable level of wonkiness with the "Bonne Nuit" lace crochet.)

If the horizontal line isn’t for you, there are a few other ways to give your gallery wall some sense:

  • Create a border to constrain the size and shape of your grouping. Use painter's tape to mark off a rectangle or square on your wall and use that as an exterior border to neatly confine your grouping.
Photo by Melissa Oholendt via Emily Henderson
  • To keep the arrangement really visually calming, stick with a similar color palette for all of the artwork and frames—bonus soothing points if the color is a neutral one.
Photo by DwellStudio via HGTV
  • Organize your gallery wall with a grid pattern, by using all the same size frames.
Photos by Samantha Pynn via Mix And Chic
  • Mount shallow shelves in orderly rows, then lean art of all shapes and sizes on them (which makes for easy re-arranging, too!).
Photos by Vosges Paris, Pinterest

Tell us: Where do you like to have a little order in your disorder?

Tags: real solutions, gallery wall, artwork, picture frames