Building a Gallery Wall in Your Downtown Chicago Apartment

June 18, 2014 | By Amy Galvin
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When renting a Chicago apartment you usually want to avoid painting for numerous reasons, though just because you’re not painting doesn’t mean you should be left looking at an uninspired wall.

A great way to work around this dilemma is by creating a gallery wall made up of your favorite pictures and paintings. Mix it up by adding different sized frames, contrasting colors, and various textures to give the wall a fun and creative element. A gallery wall can also be more budget friendly than one large piece of art, while achieving the same look and feel. Not to mention gallery walls are having a major moment right now, pick up your latest home and design magazine to see for yourself!

So say goodbye to that paint bucket or over-priced painting, and make that wall your very own work of art!

Here are a few tips for building a gallery wall in your downtown Chicago apartment:

• For a clean, modern look create a symmetrical gallery wall using all of the same frames.

• To create an eclectic yet curated look, work to mix in paintings with photographs, even mirrors and other mediums such as antlers or woven pieces.

• When creating your gallery wall build it from a centerline (either vertical or horizontal). Line up frames along this invisible line, and then work your way out.

• Have kids? A gallery wall is the perfect way to display children’s artwork in a whimsical yet sophisticated manner.

• You don’t have to sit and worship the television screen in your living room every night! Incorporate your flatscreen into a gallery wall to avoid a “technology eyesore”.

• Have an empty hallway or staircase? A gallery wall can add the perfect finishing touch to these often overlooked areas.

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