Ahhhh…the glorious gallery wall. You either love them (because they’re awesome and a wonderful way to use your art), or you’re intimidated by them because you’re afraid you’ll mess it up. But can there be too much of a good thing? This question popped into my head a few weeks ago when I was working on gallery wall #4 in our tiny apartment. Can walls be too covered? Why am I not ok with a blank wall? If someone walked into my home would they get claustrophobic because there is art looming over them from every wall? Are these just a fad that has been made popular by bloggers and Pinterest? Of course, despite all these questions floating around in my head I continued hammering away and finished my latest gallery wall in our bedroom. And I love it. And I’ll share it soon! (And no, I don’t really think they are just a fad…art collectors and art galleries/museums have been displaying their acquired masterpieces in the “salon-style” for hundreds of years…thus the word “gallery” in gallery wall.)
I think gallery walls are great for many reasons. First of all, they fill up sad blank walls. Secondly, they are a way to use your art or other unique decorative objects. I probably have over 25 pieces of art smaller than 8 by 10 inches, so gallery walls allow me to showcase all these wonderful pieces. Plus they evoke drama in a way that an individual piece hung alone could never do (unless it’s a large, fabulous piece that needs no supporting cast). Finally, I think they are great for those of us who haven’t had the resources or the opportunity to acquire large, expensive artwork. So many of us are rather transient, and small pieces are much easier to pack up than large, expensive pieces are. Even if you aren’t in your home or apartment for very long, a gallery wall can make you feel at home because you’re surrounded by pieces you love.
All that being said, I’d like to know what do you think about gallery walls! Love them? Hate them? Think they are over used? Am I wrong for wanting to fill up blank walls? Is it time for me to start buying large-scale pieces of art? (Yes.) Have I invented a conflict when one doesn’t even exist? I’d love to hear your thoughts!