The death of the gallery wall?

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I’ve read a few articles recently that hinted about gallery walls becoming a bit passe. I say hinted, and I think that’s by design—can you really say a gallery wall is totally out? Art has been hung salon style for generations, so it’s pretty much a staple in the world of decorating.

But sometimes a classic veers into trendy territory when it’s done so often (think sunburst mirrors, chevron, and maybe even shiplap), and such is the case for gallery walls at present.

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Instead, there seems to be some movement toward choosing one big statement piece instead of a gallery wall, and I love this idea. Investing in one piece requires less searching and might even be less expensive, plus you don’t have to straighten 15 frames every other day.

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This focus on one art piece is likely part of the minimalist movement to have less in our houses. A single piece of art on the wall feels lighter than many, obviously. It lets a room breathe.

Here are a few favorite ideas for one large piece:

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via—plus tips for printing huge B&W art for less than $30

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? If so, are you a big fan of gallery walls in general? And do you have big art in your home? If so, I’d love to hear what you have. •

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