Monday, October 27, 2014

Gallery Wall

hand-painted signs
For our wedding, our friend Andrew painted this awesome "For the Love of Pies" sign to welcome guests. I love that it feels like a piece of custom art. I was thinking of adding more artwork around it to make a gallery wall, but buying art has always intimidated me. How do you make it look like a collection of things that belong together vs. a random mix? And where do you buy affordable art that's not from a big-box store? Well, I just discovered that Minted, the online shop, offers so much more than cards for the holidays. They have a ton of budget-friendly art from independent artists, and their well-curated selection made it easy to find my favorites.

Here are my top picks for an airy and bright gallery wall with hints of coral...
gallery wall ideas

From left to right:
Abstract dots
Buffalo
For the love of pies
Fox
Quotes
Keys wallet phone
Pencils
Ferris wheel
Cat

If you'd like to make your own gallery wall, here are a few pointers I picked up:

Place your biggest piece off-center. 
This keeps the gallery from looking too symmetrical and makes it visually appealing.

Balance colors and art types. 
I picked a few pieces that fit within the coral color palette--including blush, pink and soft brown--and was drawn to prints that had lots of white space (to counterbalance the huge dose of color in my anchor piece). To add a little edge, I included a few black and white prints and made sure not to clump like-colored pieces together. I'm also a big fan of mixing photographs with abstracts and typography prints.

Mix sizes.
You want some art pieces to be big, others to be medium and a few to be small (teeny even!) Also, choose a mix of vertically- and horizontally-oriented prints.

Mix frames.
All your frames don't have to match. I included a mix of white frames and light brown ones. One convenient thing about Minted is that they offer art framing and have lots of pretty frames to choose from. I also really like these simple white picture frames that come in a bunch of different sizes.

What do you think? Do you have art up on your walls?

(This post is sponsored by Minted, a brand whose art and paper goods I adore. Thank you for supporting Quiet Like Horses' sponsors!)

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