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Home on the Road: Decor Inspired by Our Favorite Travel Destinations

School’s out for the summer! And while that usually means trips to the beach and some extra time of work, most of us had summer plans that came to a screeching halt because of COVID-19. Whether it was a vacation, a wedding, a family reunion, or just plans to be a tourist in your own city, we’ve all had to recalibrate and rethink how we’ll spend our summer days and nights.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun! In fact, we think it simply means you should bring the vacation vibes to your home! How might you do that, you ask? Well, simply think of your favorite travel destinations, and let those be a starting point for some travel-inspired home decor updates this summer! (Perhaps you even want to reallocate some of your travel funds into home decor updates??)

To spark some ideas, we’ve rounded up some of our team’s favorite travel destinations—along with summer travel decorations inspired by each location. Ready? Let’s hit the road. It’s time to kick off your stay-at-home summer with some travel-inspired room decor!

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Countryside Retreat

How idyllic does it sound to escape to the English countryside right now, with its rolling green hills, wildflower gardens, and ancient stone cottages? The countryside retreat may have to wait, but you can definitely bring those relaxing vibes into your travel inspired home decor.

Start by mixing antiques—or pieces with an antique vibe—with classic elements and natural textures. Wood finishes should feel weathered and rustic, and a light color palette of pastels and neutrals will help drive home that countryside vibe. Though, we love pops of blue to help ground the look! Layer in some traditional patterns, like gingham or soft floral prints, and finish things off with pops of fresh florals, just like you’d find in a countryside garden. (Bonus points if you cut them from your own garden!)

Easy updates to get the look:

Swap an accent chair or coffee table with a weathered wood one that you find at a vintage or antique shop for an eclectic cottage feel.

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Tropical Beach Resort

Craving some time at a beach resort? Work in some subtle tropical beach themes into your home decor instead. Start by thinking of the colors and materials that you might see on an island getaway. Then, embrace that laid back, coastal feeling with beach-inspired artwork, woven materials and textures (like raw wood, jute, and rattan), and bold pops of color. And definitely make sure you include foliage in your space for those tropical beach resort vibes! Palms are always a win, but big, bold leaves like elephant ear banana leaves add a fun sculptural element to your space.

Above, we went for a more subtle beach resort vibe, and stuck with more of a blue color palette—but you could also go bold tropical with pinks and greens and fun global prints! Either way, we love the idea of incorporating travel-inspired home decor like the Palma Pendant, pictured here—it’s a sure way to imbue any space with island vibes! And don’t forget to set out some travel books so your mind can wander.

Easy updates to get the look:

Introduce a few key pieces of foliage such as palm trees and leaves. If you’re not in a climate to support those plants, go faux!

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Desert Spa Oasis

There’s nothing like a spa retreat to the desert southwest to rejuvenate your soul and your skin! While we don’t recommend recreating an at-home mud bath, you can bring the desert spa vibes home. Start with a rich color palette of high-contrast neutrals. Think: warm browns and clay reds inspired by the arid southwestern landscape. Sleek furniture adds to that spa-like vibe.

Layer in organic, boho prints in the pillows, rug, and art—with patterns and textures that recall the geography of the desert. Finally, subtle sourthwetern accents and a few potted succulents or cacti will really set the mood!

Easy updates to get the look:

Pare down your color palette so it’s rooted in textured neutrals. Add a diffuser so you can pump lavender and eucalyptus oil through the air. Then, may we suggest, an at-home facial?

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Modern Mountain Getaway

If a getaway to a mountain lodge in Lake Tahoe or the Rockies is more your speed, then this one’s for you. You know there’s nothing like the lush greens found on the mountainside in the summer. So, channel that vibrant but serene palette in your space.

Neutral textures and floral prints further evoke the feeling of lush forest growth. Rustic furniture pieces that have a modern feel are a perfect add—specifically, a gray tone wood finish, which helps recall the rockiness of the mountain. All set? Don’t forget to pamper yourself with 5-star hotel treatment. A tray with cocktails creates the perfect DIY mini bar!

Easy ways to get the look:

Introduce green into your space, either through a total room makeover with fresh wall paint, indoor plants, or with pops of green in art and accessories for an earthy vibe.

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Coastal Beach House Vacation

There’s something about the idea of a beach house in Nantucket that feels like the most classic and dreamy place to spend your summer, don’t you think? Alas, maybe next summer! In the meantime, infuse your home with coastal decor and those beach vacation vibes.

Start with a palette of blues and seafoam greens, paired with neutral hues. This will create a calming backdrop and draw your mind to the sea and the sand. Can’t you almost taste the salty air?? Then, incorporate sea-themed home decor, like coral prints or sculptures. Now grab a book, put your feet up, and pretend you’re on vacation!

Easy updates to get the look:

Add a few pops of blues and greens through your throw pillows for a subtle beachy feel. Drive home the beachy vibes with travel-inspired home decor—like using a large shell as a decorative object on your coffee table or replacing a table lamp with the white coral number pictured above.

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Our 6 Best Gallery Wall Ideas for Any Room in Your House

Designing a home gallery wall can feel intimidating when you’re staring at a blank wall or an awkward space—the area above a staircase, a weird hallway corner, all that spare room around your TV—and you have no idea how to decorate it. Meanwhile, you’ve likely seen hundreds of gallery wall ideas on Pinterest and Instagram, and still, it feels like nothing will work in your space.

Putting together a gallery wall takes time and patience. Whether it’s a picture wall that’s filled with family photos or a display of equestrian wall art that captures your love of rustic horse country life, home gallery walls require curation, planning, measuring, and styling. But where to start?

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How do you curate a gallery wall?

If you’re wondering how to decorate large blank walls, first consider the room and space you’re working with. Is it the empty wall above your bed or an awkward corner? This will help determine the number of art pieces and the kind of wall decor ideas you’ll want for the space.

Pick Your Theme (Or Not)

Then, think about the subject matter and color scheme for your gallery wall. Eclectic gallery walls are fun and quirky if you have a large, mismatched wall art collection. But it can also be nice to create a themed gallery wall, where there’s a through-line that ties all the pieces together. (We love a themed gallery wall for people who have a specific passion, hobby, or collection they want to show off.) This could be a loose theme, like rustic-inspired artwork, or it could be a bit more literal, like an animal art gallery wall. A theme can also be as simple as choosing a color scheme—such as a collection of black-and-white photos or a series of paintings.

Land on a Layout

Finally, consider your gallery wall layout. Do you like the clean look of a row or grid of frames, or are you more into the idea of a mix-and-match arrangement that’s made up of different art placed a little more haphazardly? There’s no wrong answer—but different layouts will definitely give your gallery wall different vibes.

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For inspiration and guidance, we’ve rounded up our favorite gallery wall ideas that are easy to work into any style home or space. Check them out below, along with our tips for recreating a similar gallery wall look in your home.

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1. The Eclectic Gallery Wall

If you’re looking for simple gallery wall inspiration, this look is tried and true. An eclectic collection of wall art comes together to create a focal point on this large blank wall. There’s no defined grid with this gallery wall look, but the art pieces are all carefully spaced out, which keeps the collection from looking haphazard.

What To Hang: If you’re going for a more casual look, lean into the eclectic nature of a mismatched gallery wall and hang an assortment of different framed artwork. However, if you want a  classic gallery wall look, curate your wall art around a theme you love. The grouping of pieces you choose will help elevate and set the tone of your space, as in the collection of horse paintings and outdoor-inspired prints in this rustic dining room. A good place to start is to choose pieces in similar styles or tie together a variety of art styles by using matching frames on all the pieces.

How To Arrange It: Begin with six pieces of art and build out your gallery wall from there. Center them on your bare wall in an arrangement to your liking. Opt for all rectangular frames to start. Vary hanging them horizontally and vertically, aligning them with each other while leaving space in between the frames to create some breathing room between all the art pieces.

We Love This In… dining rooms, hallways, and open living areas

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2. The Grid Gallery Wall

For a gallery wall arrangement that’s easy, straightforward, and high-impact, try a clean-lined grid look. It’s the simplest way to display art with a curated look, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it as long as everything is lined up nicely on one wall.

What To Hang: Abstract art, paintings in complementary colors, or even black-and-white photographs are all fair game here. It also depends on the room your gallery wall is in. For instance, you may want prints in soothing colors for the bedroom versus bolder, more vibrant artworks that can instantly punch up your living room’s walls. However, we love a themed collection for a grid gallery wall, like the botanical prints above. But regardless of theme, make sure to choose matching picture frames for a totally cohesive look.

How To Arrange It: The single most important thing you need to remember is to precisely space out this gallery wall layout. You want to make sure that the space between each piece of art is the same so that it creates a perfect grid of four or more pieces.  Be sure you have a level here; it will help you get your measurements just right.

Want to add some extra formality to your grid and make it even more of a focal point? Hang a sconce above the grid to shine a light on your collection and make it feel more like a true art gallery. (Just make sure the lightbulb is rated for artwork.)

We Love This In… living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms

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3. The Diptych or Triptych Gallery Wall

If you want something that has the formality and structure of a grid gallery wall, but with a bit more simplicity, opt for a diptych or triptych gallery wall. (AKA a duo or trio of artwork that is stylistically connected and hung as a collection.)

What To Hang: Sometimes diptych or triptychs are sold together as a collection, which makes curating a gallery wall like this quite simple. But you can also look for pieces done by the same artist and part of the same collection, so they visually look the same. (We have a lot of these types of collections in the Modsy catalog!) You can also create your own collection by simply picking two or three pieces that have similar color schemes and are the same size, for a more personalized look.

How To Arrange It: Like a grid gallery wall, with a diptych or triptych, precision is key. Hang each piece the same distance apart, with all two or three pieces lining up in a neat row on your wall.

We Love This In… bedrooms, living rooms, and home offices

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4. The Corner Gallery Wall

Think of this gallery wall idea as more of a picture wall. It’s a mini art space within the home that’s entirely devoted to your favorite prints, paintings, photos, and wall decor. What we love most about this fresh take on the gallery wall is that it has an eclectic vibe that feels at once curated but also casual—meaning it’s something that can be worked into any style room or home.

What To Hang: The key to this look is to make it eclectic by mixing all types of art styles and mediums. By bringing together simple line drawings, colorful prints, graphic abstract pieces, delicate paintings, and artful photographs, you’ll create a corner gallery that captivates and adds depth and visual interest to your walls. Start with a colorful piece and then pull in other works that repeat colors from the previous piece. Do this until you have a collection you’re happy with.

How To Arrange It: Just like the art, you want to keep the layout and arrangement free-flowing. Unlike other gallery walls you’ve seen, you want to break out of the grid pattern here. You can do that by combining a mix of different size art, frame materials, and even frame shapes. Then, be sure to spread out your arrangement across two adjoining walls. Yes, you heard us right—two walls! This is a bold approach and the more pieces you hang across multiple walls in a room, the better your gallery walls will look.

We Love This In… hallways, stairwells, foyers, or reading and dining nooks

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5. The Wrap Gallery Wall

Have you ever wondered what to do with the wall behind your TV? Well, here’s one of our favorite gallery wall ideas that offers a stylish and practical solution. Once your TV is in place, you can arrange art around it. This helps to fill out the surrounding empty wall space, which would otherwise just be left empty and untouched. The result is a gallery wall that’s a focal point in a space like the family room.

What To Hang: Art pieces that are identical in sizes and similar in color and pattern will help create a cohesive look. The easiest way to do this is to purchase a series of framed art. If you want a more unexpected and eclectic look, you can play around with other wall decor ideas, such as woven baskets, wooden wall sculptures, or even tie-dyed fabrics in frames. Just be sure you have equal numbers of things and they all come together to create a balanced look.

How To Arrange It: With this gallery wall look, you’ll want to pull together at least six pieces of framed art. Using a specific grid pattern—based around your TV—will make your arrangement appear more controlled and purposeful. This gallery wall style is especially great in small spaces where you don’t want too much art on many different walls. This lets you direct focus and attention to one perfectly curated display that also lets you disguise and gussy up your more practical furnishings and objects.

We Love This In… family rooms, dens, and small living spaces

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6. The Floor-to-Ceiling Gallery Wall

A floor-to-ceiling gallery wall is exactly what it sounds like—a wall of art that spans from the floor to the ceiling of a space. This tends to create quite a focal point, and it’s best for a large blank wall that doesn’t have any furniture pushed up against the wall.

What To Hang: This type of gallery wall is inherently eclectic, and therefore you can hang art of any style, shape, and medium. To play up the eclectic nature of a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall, pick a variety of art styles and subject matters. But consider using a limited color palette sot hat the arrangement isn’t too busy or overwhelming.

How To Arrange It: Choose a couple of larger pieces to anchor the whole arrangement, then fill out the wall with a variety of smaller framed art. There’s no need to be overly precise on how you hang it. You can space pieces closer together or further apart, without any particular alignment. Essentially, how you arrange this type of gallery wall is up to your own intuition and preferences!

We Love This In… hallways, entryways, or spaces where you can stand back and observe the art

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7. The Off-Center Gallery Wall

If you’re using a piece of furniture to anchor your gallery wall, consider a quirky approach by hanging the collection off-center rather than directly centered over the piece. This more eclectic arrangement over a sofa, console table, or bed adds visual interest to your space—bringing the focal point away from the center of the furniture, making the art more prominent than the piece of furniture.

What To Hang: This eclectic arrangement looks best with a trio of framed art. It could be a related collection, like the pieces pictured above, or an unrelated trio. But three medium-sized pieces will generally fill the space best.

How To Arrange It: Use the center point of the furniture the art is hung above as a guide for the outer edge of your arrangement. From there, move the collection over to the right or to the left of the center, with the other edge going just past the end of the piece of furniture. Balance out the off-centered art with a lamp or a plant/tall vase and flowers on the other side of the tabletop or to the side of a sofa or bed.

We Love This In… living rooms, bedrooms, or entryways

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Mixed media gallery wall in a rustic country style

8. The Mixed Media Gallery Wall

A mixed media gallery wall is another take an eclectic gallery wall, but instead of just framed art, it also includes other wall hangings like mirrors, clocks, plants, tapestries, and wall sculptures.

What To Hang: This is one of the most personalized gallery wall styles, as it allows you to bring in a variety of wall hangings. So, bring in whatever speaks to you! To help ground the look of this eclectic gallery wall style, make sure all of the pieces fit together proportionally and aesthetically. (So, whether you go modern, rustic, industrial, or somewhere in between, keep all the pieces within the same general style for a visual through-line.)

How To Arrange It: It’s best to keep this type of gallery walls simple, with only five to eight pieces. This keeps the collection from feeling too random! It also helps to have one object as the centerpiece of the arrangement, so your eye knows where to land. (For example, the mirror in the image above!)

We Love This In… entryways, hallways, and home offices

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A gallery wall going up a staircase with identical sized picture frames

9. The Stair-Step Gallery Wall

Make use of the wall space along your stairwell by creating a stair-step gallery wall! Hang your art in “steps” that gradually increase in height to align with your ascending staircase. This gives your stairwell visual interest, adding style to an often-forgotten stretch of wall.

What To Hang: A stairwell is a great place to display family photos, travel photos, or a collection of art prints. There’s no hard and fast rules for what to hang here—but since stair-step galleries tend to be evenly spaced, it helps to have all of your pieces in the same frame size for a uniform look.

How To Arrange It: The arrangement for this gallery wall is simple. Starting at the bottom of your staircase, hang a frame at eye-height, go up a few steps, and repeat all the way up your staircase, making sure each frame is evenly spaced, horizontally and vertically. The result is a simple stair-step design, as pictured above, with just a handful of frames on the wall. However, you could also do a floor-to-ceiling look here for something more dramatic! Just be cautious of any kids or pets who might be going up and down the steps to make sure heavy art pieces are safely secured, as staircases are a more high-traffic area where you tend to get closer to frames than other areas in your home.

We Love This In… stairwells, of course!

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10. The Shelfie Gallery Wall

The best part about gallery walls is that whatever you ultimately choose to frame or hang is really up to you and what you like! Beyond art on the walls, consider wall decor ideas that are also functional. We especially love this shelving approach, which provides a chic twist to the whole idea.

What To Hang: Start by hanging two or three shelves, then use those as the canvas for your gallery! Stagger wall shelves over a sofa or a bed, or stack them on a stairwell wall, then prop and layer art on to them to create a more three-dimensional gallery wall. That also means none of the art has to be anchored to the wall, which makes it easy for you to rearrange and swap out pieces as you like. If you’re really at a loss as to what art to start with, go with some abstract prints in shades of a single color.

How To Arrange It: Varying sizes in your art and picture frames are key here. Try starting with two shelves and four art pieces. Lean larger artwork in the back and arrange the smaller pieces in front. As you get inspired by more gallery wall ideas, you can add more shelves and start to include other objects, like vases, candles, plants, and small sculptures, as a way to play up more visual variety and texture in your space.

We Love This In… apartment living rooms, tiny home offices, stairwells, or small bedrooms

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Get The Look: Summer-Inspired Gallery Walls

summer gallery wallsSummer is a time when a lot of us get the itch for something new around our house. A lot of people use this time of year to dive into big remodels, redecorating projects, and even moving to a whole new home completely. But if a major style update isn’t in your summer forecast, you can still make a mini one.

Our favorite way to do a budget-friendly refresh of your space? A gallery wall with inspiring artwork. Not only does it create a visual impact, but the photos and prints you choose can change the stylistic tone for the whole room. Complement your artwork with some new throw pillows, a rug, and a plant or two and—voila! Your room has a whole new feel, without the price tag of a total overhaul.

Not sure where to start? Our design team curated three gallery walls inspired by summer to give you some inspiration. We styled our gallery wall over a bench to bring new life to the corner of this room, but really, a gallery wall can go anywhere. Over a sofa, up a staircase, down a hallway, in the dining room—really, wherever you need a refresh. The options are endless!

summer gallery wallsBeachy Blues

Want to bring the beach vibes home year-round? Consider creating a gallery wall that’s inspired by the coast. Sandy beaches, tropical plants, and bright pops of blue skies and water give this gallery a lot of visual interest, while the palette of blues, greens, and neutrals keeps it cohesive.

We used all photography for this gallery wall, but we also love the idea of using a mix of photography and paintings that give off that nautical vibe. Are you good behind the camera? This is a perfect time to print out some of your favorite beach vacation snapshots and mix in your own work with pieces you’ve purchased.

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summer gallery wallsTropical Organics

For this gallery wall, we went beyond the beach and took a deep dive beneath the surface—of the ocean! We love taking the coastal theme and making it a little less literal. We used three coral-inspired pieces to anchor the look, then mixed in organic shapes and pops of color to keep it feeling a little more abstract.

There’s a lot of room to personalize this style. Just find your anchor pieces—whether it’s coral, seashells, ocean animals, or even underwater textures like scales or barnacles. Then play off of the shapes and color schemes in those pieces to round out your gallery wall.

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summer gallery wallsSummer Garden Escape

Summer isn’t just about the beach. This gallery wall was inspired by a summer flower garden in full bloom. A palette of yellows and blues offers a lively contrast while bringing a light-hearted feeling to this look. You could also mix in pinks and greens for more depth of color.

We kept things more straightforward with prints of actual flowers and butterflies, but there’s room to be abstract here—get inspired by the colors and shapes found in a garden as a starting point for your summer garden gallery wall.

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summer gallery wallsHow to Make It Happen

Once you have your artwork selected, pick out the frames and layout. You can keep things eclectic and light-hearted with a mix of frame colors and styles. Or, if you prefer a more cohesive look, get frames in the same color and style and let the artwork do all the talking. For layout, you can go for an organic look (like what we did) or go for something more organized and linear, with a grid layout.

Ready to nail it down? Start a Modsy design project and see a summer gallery wall designed and laid out in your exact room in 3D. Or go the old-fashioned way and lay out a piece of craft or butcher paper on your floor, sized for the amount of wall space you’d like the gallery wall to take up. Then lay your framed artwork on the paper to find an arrangement you like. Once you have the layout figured out, use a pencil to trace the outlines of each frame.

This creates the perfect template, so you can make sure your frames end up exactly where you want them. Then, tape the paper on the wall where you’d like your gallery wall to hang, hammer nails where you’ve marked for them to go, then remove the paper from the wall. All you have to do is hang up the frames and your gallery wall is complete!

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