Many houses these days have living rooms with extremely high ceilings. Often times such large expanses of wall created by these ceiling heights are left empty and a bit sad looking. I am a huge advocate of the Victorian/European style of hanging art….the old school museum style hanging (otherwise known as filling up the wall space as much as possible). While some might find it cluttered, I find it interesting and quite visually stimulating, especially when done correctly. It can really be a great focal point in a room, and with one wall full of art, your other walls can remain empty without looking empty. And its a great option for people with somewhat mediocre art, since it puts less emphasis on one particular piece, and instead leads the eye quickly around the group. Here are a few historical precedents:
Two paintings of the paintings galleries at the Louvre once upon a time (perhaps a bit much for our times but still a cool effect):
Here are some Victorian homes:
The Dewar House in England in 1910:
After this sucessful project, I am re-inspired by the gallery wall idea, and plan on creating a similar wall on a much smaller scale (with much more mediocre art) in my own bathroom. And I shall be recommending it to several other clients…..stay tuned for more gallery walls!