How to Build a Clean, Collage-Style Gallery Wall
A semi-freeform approach gives this display a fresh, dynamic look. Here’s the how-to, plus where to buy the art shown.
Using frames and mats in the same color unifies all the artwork in this setup, giving the collection an orderly look even with a few unframed items sprinkled in. Start with one piece somewhere in the middle, like the paper-airplane print here. Then, aiming for balance, build up, down, and out. Haphazard spacing—two inches separating some pieces, four or five between others—lends an organic, easygoing look. Ignore the old-school “eye level’ hanging rule and let the artwork explode downward. It makes for a fresh and dynamic display.
The artwork (clockwise):
- New York by Max Wanger, $125 (16 by 24 inches), maxwangerprintshop.com.
- Paper Planes(Pink) by Rankin Willard, $77 (24 by 20 inches), artfullywalls.com.
- Botanical by Liza Hathaway Matthews, $16 (20 by 16 inches), artfullywalls.com.
- Carnival, #3 by David Arnoux, $175 (16 by 20 inches), ugallery.com.
- Warm Geos by Britt Bass Turner, $54 (16 by 16 inches), artfullywalls.com.