How To: Create A Gallery Wall

By Oliver Burns

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September 19, 2016|Luxury Insight

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  • eptember has become synonymous with industry-leading design events. Passing on the baton to October, an equally impressive line-up awaits. Led by the prestigious Frieze art fair, a wealth of other events around the capital are ensuring that all eyes are firmly fixed on London’s vibrant art scene. In celebration of London’s artistic talent, follow our guide to creating a curated gallery wall and channel some of this creativity into your own home.
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A gallery wall offers the ideal way to showcase items of sentimental value from family portraits and nostalgic trips to treasured letters, a gallery wall is a highly personal reflection of a home’s inhabitants. To ensure there is a sense of continuity to the space, we advise selecting a theme, frame colour or type of image to create a display which is artfully mismatched. This is particularly important in a busy room that features lots of patterns and textures. By conforming to a single hue, or adding a small splash of colour into the mix, this makes for a harmonious relationship within its context.

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An alternative approach to assembling a gallery wall is to select a key furniture piece to act as an anchor within the room. From a treasured heirloom to a statement design, by building around a specific item, the overall look remains balanced and grounded. Once this piece has been identified, start with the largest print in your collection and use this as a focal point in which to build up your display, working from the centre outwards. Play with size and proportion as well as old and new pieces, by mixing vintage frames with more modern counterparts or placing historic prints alongside family portraits. This creates variety and visual interest, as well as reflecting your own individual tastes and interests.

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At Oliver Burns, many of the properties we work on are of listed status. As such, a sensitive approach to the architectural infrastructure is required when hanging artworks. A power rail system allows pieces to be fixed to walls without damaging restored panelling. Likewise, by selecting rooms that have less exposure to direct sunlight or which have UV filters or thick shades on the windows will ensure the preservation and enjoyment of your artworks for years to come.  A non-committal option is to layer pieces on top of each other upon a display shelf. This lends itself to a casual, informal feel, whilst also providing the option to change up the display on a more frequent basis.

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In our family residence, sketches and black and white photography has been interspersed with family portraits to create an eye-catching display. Following the elegant sweep of the balustrade staircase, this arrangement leads gracefully to the upper floors of this sophisticated home. In the drawing room, a more structured composition has been created by pairing prints of neoclassical architecture behind a sculpture. This display utilises a forgotten corner of the room, ensuring each and every part of the space has been thoughtfully designed and finished.

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In this Parisian apartment, framed butterfly specimens from Deyrolle have been discerningly selected to accentuate the high ceilings renovated by Jean-Louis Deniot. By choosing a subject matter which compliments the delicate and feminine mood of the space, the overall feel of the room is serene and calming.

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The beauty of a gallery wall is the infinite possibilities they present in both configuration and medium. As not all artworks have to be purchased at once, a gallery wall allows the designer to build up a display incrementally. By growing organically, the overall result is a personal and unique work of art in its own right.

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