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September 30, 2009

We. Love. Gallery. Walls.

Seriously. What better way to fill up a wall in our homes than with a collection of personal images, whether they are family snapshots, mementos from a special trip, or just photos or art that we are drawn to and ultimately says something about who we are?

This is one of our all-time favorite gallery walls. Ah-ma-zing. We covet the massive art collection, long hallway and just general amazing-ness.

hallway gallery

Gallery walls are one of the most often requested design elements that we get from clients which isn’t surprising because it really personalizes your space and the range of styles for these walls can vary so greatly. Whether you’re taste is modern, traditional or a mix – there is a wall display to capture your style. We know how daunting it can be to create a layout and commit to hammering and plunging a nail in your wall, so here are some style suggestions and tips for you.

First we have the cleaner more simple style – where the frames are the same and images relate to one another, with a grid layout like these examples below.

White gallery


Black gallerydesign*sponge

A variation on this uses all similar frames in different sizes like this very personal display of (gorgeous!) wedding and engagement photos. If going for this look, make sure you use a few larger elements to balance out smaller ones.


Moving toward a bit more of a mix and match style – the sizes and frames all vary, but the colors and images all speak to one another, keeping the look put-together and well thought-out.

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mix and matchabove images from design*sponge

Feeling eclectic? Go for a bold look and cover the majority of the wall.

Does your gallery wall need to be all artwork? Heck no! Take inspiration from things you have that a love – a vintage or antique plate, a vinyl record, some faux antlers, and don’t forget, nothing beats a child’s masterpiece!Not just artdesign*sponge

Get your design juices flowing with some more inspirational images…


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above images from

When making your gallery wall, keep in mind that more is more. Nothing looks worse than a sparse gallery wall.  Make it look intentional and fill it up!

Nervous to commit it to the wall? Here are a few test-drive strategies:

Lay out all of your frames on the floor in front of the wall you plan on covering to get a sense or proportions and layout. Or, make copies of the photos/art and mount them on paper in the same size as your frames. Use painter’s tape to position and re-position on the wall.

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Here are some of our favorite sources for art and what we’re lovin’ right now:

Lanky and Moody: A funki-fied version of the classic silhouette, these profiles are available in EVERY color imaginable of ANYONE you love! Absolutely perfect for a children’s room or playroom and a fantastic gift for someone who loves personalization!



20×200: This site has already made it’s way around the blog-o-sphere, but we still love it. In case you’re late to the game, this site offers limited editions of art in a few sizes, at reasonable prices – art for everyone.

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Artaissance: Artwork and photos at custom sizes on paper or canvas.

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Your own (or your parent’s) attic: These are pics of my parents and grandparents that will soon line my own hallway.Eddies sells shoes

Dad and Sandy party

Mary and mom make hot rolls

Dad and Ben smoke

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 6:54 pm

    Hey ladies! I’m so happy to see you have your blog up and running, it’s filled with charm and tons of eye candy 🙂

    I love these gallery photos in this post. The one from Design Sponge is driving me wild with its mishmash of beautiful art.

    I’ll add you to my blogroll so stop by!

    • houseofsiennamack permalink*
      October 7, 2009 8:22 pm

      Thanks Claudia! We miss you! Let us know when you’re back in the big apple and we can scour trade shows again 🙂

  2. October 10, 2009 7:04 pm

    Congratulations on your fantastic blog! This is an amazing post and one of my favorite categories artwork arrangements. You have found some really inspirational ones, thank you! I will add you to my “Favorite Blogs” list. You have a very fresh take on blogging!


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