Someone commented on one of my many gallery wall pins a few weeks ago, and asked if you can have too many gallery walls in your house:
I may be the wrong girl to ask since I’ve never met a gallery wall I didn’t like. But it is a good question—especially for houses with open concept floor plans. A big collection of frames is great for lots of reasons. Mainly, because it’s an easy way to make a big visual impact—on almost any budget.
But, what’s the trick to keeping your walls from looking cluttered?
When rooms are open to one another—like our entry and living room, for example—I think you can still do more than one gallery wall. The trick is to make them feel and look completely different so they’re not competing with each other. I’ve grouped my gallery walls by “theme,” by the frame type and by varying the arrangement on the wall.
In the entry, I used botanical prints, with all the same frames and hung them on a grid. It’s just “down the wall” from the living room wall gallery around our TV, so you can see them both at the same time:
This gallery is a more haphazard, but even though I used different frames, I used (almost) all watercolors:
Gallery wall arrangements are also my favorite way to display family photos. I can actually see and enjoy my photos every day that way—and there’s only so many small picture frames you can have sitting around. It doesn’t bother me to have lots of these collections throughout the house because I feel like they tell our story—and they just make me happy.
I used all black and gold frames (in two sizes) and some of my favorite black and white family photos in our master bedroom:
And, I’ve started a collection of more favorites down the back hallway, where we come and go the most:
I even included a beloved stuffed animal that’s been with us so long, he also feels like part of the family:
What are your thoughts on how many gallery walls you can have?