What Makes a Great Gallery Wall?

The gallery wall is a great way to fill a large empty wall space in your home or office with art work and mementos you love.

I recently mentioned in a video (on Facebook and instagram) that I finally bought frames  for many of the pieces I had been collecting over the years. (Thanks to a recent Michael’s one-day-sale of 50%-55% off on their frames. Woot, woot!)

Like the rest of your home, a gallery wall is a great place to infuse your personality.  We should look at your gallery wall and find hints into who you are, where you’ve been and what you love.

But more often than not though, I see carbon copies of what’s popular.

How sad is that?

Just like Rome, your gallery wall cannot be built in a day, e.i. you don’t want to stroll through the isles of your favorite (craft) store and pick out 6-10 items, arrange them on a wall and call it done.

Well, I mean you can, of course. LOL But what’s the fun in that? Maybe I’m just weird, but I don’t want my gallery wall (or my home for that matter) to look like anyone else’s!

Your gallery wall, much like your home, should be one big fat expression of you and yours!

Let me give you an example of what I mean.

My maiden name is Vargas. I found this old poster at an estate sale for $18 of an actual Circus that used to come through town. It’s an old-school El Paso thing. I knew I had to have it instantly! The colors were perfect for me, it has my family name on it and I got her down to $18 from $22 so win, win!

Catrina At Home Circus Vargas Poster gallery wall

You better believe it’s going on my gallery wall! Just looking at it makes me smile. And my family is a circus, so yeah, it’s perfect! Lol

I took this next photo back in 2013 when we had the privilege of visiting Israel. It was taken at the Western (wailing) wall. I remember it was crowded there that day, I saw this woman praying, there was a brief moment when the crowd parted and I quickly pulled out my iphone and snapped a pic.


This photo will be on my gallery wall. When I see it, it reminds me of my love for Israel, the  prayer I wrote that day and stuck into the wall and how special the trip was for me.

Here are a couple of gallery walls that for me, ooze personality!

Catrina At Home Gallery wall
Photo credit: @Imwdecor

Can you tell by looking at that gallery wall what the homeowner likes? Is there any doubt? Lol
This stairway gallery wall is a place I would probably park at for a while, if I was visiting this home.
I would pour over every piece, wondering what the story was behind it.
I don’t know this lady but looking at this collection makes me want to know her, if only because she was confident enough to decorate her home with things she loves, that have meaning to her. Trendy run-of-the-mill items be hanged! Lol

Catrina At Home Gallery Wall
Photo credit: @_lisa_dawson_
How about this corner wall gallery?  The creator sticks to a natural hue for the frames of interesting works of art. Amazing.

Photo credit: unknown

What makes a gallery wall great isn’t what’s popular or trending but pieces that speak to you that you love to look at. I encourage you to find those pieces and then display them where you can see them every day. Looking everyday at images or things that you love and inspire you, will change your life and your home. I guarantee it.

I have been arranging and rearranging my gallery wall on the floor in my basement for about a week now. I have one issue I have to resolve and it should be ready for my dining room wall.

I’ve been looking forward to this for awhile now, so I’m getting excited. I’ll be sure and pop back on here and show it to you when it’s all said and done.

Do you have a gallery wall?
Do you want one but are struggling with a few points? Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page if I can help you in any way.