Empty walls leaving you feeling uninspired? Do you live in a rental or
temporary apartment and want more flexibility with taking down and
putting up art? Do you have a collection of small objects you want to
display along with your artwork? Learn how to arrange a creative
deconstructed gallery wall with depth and visual interest by clustering
a collection of canvas prints.
Though gallery walls (a number of different-sized artworks, arranged in a cluster) are currently one of the biggest trends in home decor, we think the deconstructed gallery wall is even more compelling. It combines the ease of switching out artwork with a totally unique arrangement that’s both effortless and polished. Here’s how to create your own:
- Gather your collection of art pieces. For this project, we’ve used canvas prints because they are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, can be printed with whatever artwork you like (making it easy to conform to your home’s color scheme), and because they add depth to the arrangement.
- Find your location. We like using a long, low surface like a credenza or sideboard, though any small side table placed along a wall could work for a smaller arrangement. This way, you don’t have to install anything onto your walls in order to display the pieces. However, you could also install a pre-made picture ledge for a more permanent solution. Make sure there is enough room for all of your items to lean comfortably, with space in front of them.
- Play with different arrangements. While traditional gallery walls only allow you to place one item in each location, one of the great things abut creating a deconstructed gallery wall leaning on a surface is that you can place smaller canvas prints in front of larger ones, adding depth and creating more of a loose, collage-inspired effect. Take a few moments to play with different arrangements, and don’t be afraid to partially obscure larger pieces by letting smaller ones sit slightly in front.
- Add personal touches. One of our favorite things about using canvas prints for this purpose is that each stretched canvas creates a small ledge, allowing you to display small objects that wouldn’t be at home on a traditional gallery wall. Try resting small figurines, vintage letter shapes or any other treasured objects on your canvas print. Make sure that the item isn’t too heavy, or it may distort the frame over time. Stick to items that are lightweight and have a flat bottom that will balance easily.
That’s it! Now you have a completely customizable, changeable deconstructed gallery wall that suits your home decor.