Contemporary homes and décor take a minimalistic approach to design. This allows for plenty of open space and oftentimes, empty wall space as well. Incorporating a photo gallery will add beauty to your home without taking up too much space. Let’s take a look at some contemporary gallery ideas for different areas of the home.
A home’s entryway is one of the best places to add a photo gallery. This will be the first thing visitors will see when they walk through the door. A simple layout with no more than six photos will add interest without becoming overbearing. For a truly modern look, opt for modern living picture frames and choose one frame size for the project. Line the photos horizontally with three on top and three on the bottom. If you do choose to vary the photo sizes, limit it to one or two variations and make adjustments to your layout to create balance.
If you choose to place your gallery in the dining area, displaying your favorite artwork may be a better option than displaying family photos. Art prints are relatively inexpensive and you can purchase your own sleep frames to suit your home’s décor. In this room, you want to keep things as simple as possible. Try displaying your photos or artwork above your buffet table. Four simple but generously sized photos will complement this space. To maintain balance, create a square with the photos by hanging two on top and two on the bottom.
Hallways are a great place for photo galleries as they tend to provide plenty of open space. Choose as little or as many photos as you like. Longer hallways are best complemented by galleries that extend from floor to ceiling, while shorter hallways look best with a small horizontal gallery. If you decide to create a floor to ceiling gallery, make sure to maintain at least five inches of space between each photo to prevent cluttering the walls.
Perhaps the best room to place a photo gallery would be the living room. Here is where you entertain guests and spend quality time with your family. Displaying your favorite family photos in a clean and simple way will allow you to maintain a contemporary look while still being able to display your family’s beautiful memories. Placing the gallery above the couch will help create balance in the room and fill up empty wall space. Rectangular living rooms can benefit greatly from the addition of a gallery.
For a unique look, try incorporating other decorative elements into your gallery. Add a small shelf between photos to display plants or other small decorative items. Wall decals can also help add balance and fill in the gaps.
Remember that your gallery does not have to be limited to photos. You can also frame monograms, art prints or even a peacock feather. You are only limited by your imagination and your budget, so have fun and be creative with your gallery.