First, let’s get out of the way all of the major life updates that I’ve failed to show on this blog. My boyfriend and I have opened a store in downtown Flagstaff! We got keys to the store June 23rd and spent a crazy five weeks renovating the front portion of a 2,500 square foot space. Our grand opening (ready or not!!) was August 5th and ever since I’ve been spending most of my time merchandising, tagging, decorating, cleaning, social media-ing, buying for spring (eek), and being the main sales person. So, the blog has fallen under ‘maybe someday’ … until now! We are still in the process of turning the back 1,000 square feet into our studio and workshop, but just finished painting it this week. Once we have everything moved over from our house, I think that things will feel a little less nuts. Fingers crossed.
Now that we are going to have an extra room at home, I’ve been dreaming of what we’ll use it for and how we’ll decorate! Our entire house needs a little makeover, and one of the things that could really use some revamping is our gallery wall. Also, stocking our store with some of my favorite designers’ prints has me so ready to change up our art and how it’s displayed. I love our gallery wall right now – it’s filled with artwork done by our favorite artists and gifts from friends, as well as a few pieces that I did in school – but I want to move to a more minimal aesthetic. I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite minimal gallery walls for inspiration.
10 MINIMAL GALLERY WALLS
The Design Chaser / A gallery wall is a great way to show guests to your home who you are and what you like. The simple black and white theme of this minimal gallery wall from The Design Chaser shows off nature and simple geometry and gives the space a very clean, yet warm, feel.
Avenue Lifestyle / When placing artwork over furniture, leave about eight-ten inches or more between the bottom of the frame and the top of the furniture. I love how this minimal gallery wall isn’t centered above the bed or the bedside table. It feels balanced because the centerline is still above the table, but it ties the two pieces of furniture together by bridging the gap between the two.
Stylizimo Blog / The gallery wall above features a great deal of variety in texture, yet the similar tones of grey, and even the shapes within the frames tie it all together so well. I love the mix of framed art and an unframed canvas. The nubby rug, woven chair and greenery keep the minimal gallery wall look from feeling too stark.
Coco Lapine Design / This minimal gallery wall is definitely my favorite example! The complimentary artwork isn’t centered around the main piece, which gives the arrangement a less formal feel. The built in shelf below the gallery wall serves to highlight other interesting pieces in the home while adding warmth with greenery and candlelight. This look would be the most difficult to pull off in a standard home, but it is definitely an aspirational image!
Stadshem / The entryway to your home or apartment is a perfect spot for a minimal gallery wall. It’s an inviting way to greet guests and lead them into your personal space by giving them an immediate glimpse into your life, tastes and values. Artwork bought on vacation or vintage art found while traveling or exploring local markets gives your gallery wall a back-story and can lead to interesting conversations about past travels.
Stylizimo Blog / It can be intimidating to fill an entire wall with art pieces, so a good way to get started is with a small arrangement like this beautiful one from Stylizimo Blog. I love the mix of frames with the black and white photography.
Inside Out / A beautiful idea for merging two spaces in your home is wrapping your gallery wall around a corner. This assortment stays minimal by using matching black frames and a simple color palette.
My Domaine / This concise assortment of black and white photographs in matching frames is probably the most minimal gallery wall on this list. The only thing that would make me nervous about this setup is perfectly aligning the frames. It would help to use frames that have built-in hooks so you’re golden as long as you can draw a straight line on the wall!
Yellows / Washed out hues and simple minimal black frames pull this look together for a minimal gallery wall. I love how relaxed it feels with some of the art simply propped up against the wall and layered over other pieces. The pastels tie together the varied subject matter in the images.
Decordots / A very practical way to minimize the presence of your television is to include it in your gallery wall. The black tv and the black frames compliment each other and help disguise the tv – a major goal in any minimalists home! I also love the use of the antlers in the gallery wall to mix it up. Including elements like antlers, a hat, a mirror or a woven textile is a great way to create more visual intrigue within your minimal gallery wall.
TIPS FOR CREATING MINIMAL GALLERY WALLS
Layout – before hanging your pieces on the wall, lay out your art on the floor or outline the pieces on the wall with painters tape. While trying out a few arrangements, be sure to snap photos of the layouts with your phone so you can easily refer back to your favorite setup.
Height – eye level is the best height for any gallery wall.
Frames – for a minimal look, frames in the same color is the simplest way to go. If you have several colors or tones of frames, it’s best to keep the frame width similar for a more cohesive look.
Art – even with a minimal gallery wall it’s possible to mix paintings, photography, drawings and unframed items. Just keep the color scheme simple or monochromatic.