For this gallery wall inspiration, I blended the boho and farmhouse home decor styles. Don’t miss the 5 tried and true gallery wall styling tips at the end too!
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I love the farmhouse style. They have those cute mugs and shirts that say “Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal”…well that couldn’t be more true for me. Fixer Upper is usually playing on repeat in our house. I’m a flea market shoppin’, shiplap lovin’, vintage girl. I adore that lived-in laid-back look that’s key to the farmhouse style. The light, neutral tones are perfect. Farmhouse style….yes, that’s my home decor style.
But, then….the boho style rolls in and is all perfect in every way. Where there is no rules. The boho style is full of life, culture, texture and patterns. Mixing those patterns in unexpected ways. I love nothing more than furniture collected over time with stories….Ok…maybe it’s boho style…yes, that’s my home decor style.
Don’t even get me started on the industrial style. It’s got a piece of my heart too.
This has been my story. This is what has been going on in this head of mine for the past few years on my journey to discover my home decor style. Do you struggle flip flopping between decor styles you love too?!
Then one day it dawned on it…I’m not going to fit into a box. I’m going to blend my favorite aspects of each home decor style I love.
And so, I’ve been on this journey to finish our fixer upper and get it decorated in a boho farmhouse kinda way….with a touch of industrial. Because, well…that’s what I love.
And there is nothing more important than walking in the door of your home and falling in love all over again.
One place that I always turn to for inspiration of these home decor styles that I love is Cost Plus World Market. I get so inspired when I go wander around our local Cost Plus World Market. There’s a coffee shop next door, so I try to grab and big cup of coffee and then take my time soaking it all in. You can find a store your neck of the woods with this store locator. They always have authentic and unique decor pieces that are simply unexpected. So when they asked me to put together some gallery wall styling tips, I knew it would be the perfect chance to show you how to blend the boho and farmhouse styles. And I definitely have a tip or two to share with you about gallery walls.
Are you ready to see the boho farmhouse gallery wall that I designed?!
Antique Galvanized Metal Planter | Watercolor Buffalo | Live Lavender Wreath | Ivory Venetian Tile Plaque | Brass Metal Loop Mirror | Metal and Wood Skyler Wall Storage | Clear Barcelona Vase | Wood Printing Block | Taupe Woven Wall Hanging | Rachael Wall Basket | Lavender Bunch
Ahhhh, I’m in love… I, of course, put the gallery wall on my make-believe little shiplap background…because, well…shiplap speaks my love language. These unique pieces all fit together to create a boho farmhouse gallery wall that’s full of character and dimension. The boho style is incorporated through the woven wall hanging that’s key to this style. The farmhouse style is represented through the lavender wreath and hanging basket with lavender stuffed in.
There are actually a lot of similarities between boho and farmhouse styles. They both encourage the collected look of vintage pieces and greenery. I love how the hanging planters fit right in on this boho farmhouse gallery wall. The vintage inspired tile plaque with beautiful texture shows off that vintage vibe.
Ready for 5 tried and true gallery wall styling tips?
Putting together your first gallery wall can feel a little daunting, I get it. Follow these 5 tried and true gallery wall styling tips for some help along the way.
1. Plan the gallery wall on the floor.
Something that I always do when planning out my wall decor is to lay it out on the floor first. To start, I get the general measurements of the space I want to keep the gallery wall within. Then I move the pieces around on the floor about 5,679 times before deciding it is perfect.
Bonus tip: I like to spread out the similar shaped items, so they aren’t right next to each other on the gallery wall…in the case above, I wanted to be sure that my round mirror and wreath weren’t right next to each other since they were the only 2 circles.
I also had a really fun time playing around with the products on the computer this time when I was creating the boho farmhouse gallery wall you see above. This is another great way to get your design just right before you move onto hanging the gallery wall… which brings me to my next tip…
2. Hang your pictures the easy way.
I should have really said the easy ways…because there are two options that I recommend.
- Command Picture Hanging Strips – These amazing miracle workers make picture hanging a breeze. I love that you can adjust them easily with the velcro if you don’t have the picture completely level the first time. They are also great for people that change out their decorations frequently or folks that don’t want to put holes in their walls.
- My Picture Hanging Hack – There are some things, however, that can’t be hung with the picture hanging strips (due to weight, shape or just plain awkwardness). In those cases, here is the EASY WAY to hang a picture on the wall. No more nailing into the wall 13 times trying to get it just right.
3. Incorporate dimension into your gallery wall.
One of my favorite gallery wall styling tips is to incorporate dimension through both texture and depth. By this I mean, not everything on the gallery wall is a flat frame with a smooth finish. Don’t get me wrong, there are some gallery walls that totally rock it that only have flat frames, like this one.
This is not necessarily a gallery wall rule per se. But, I find that by bringing in pieces that have texture (see woven wall hanging, tile plaque and lavender wreath the gallery wall design above) and depth (see vase, wall shelf, basket, etc.), you are able to make the gallery wall more interesting
4. Create consistency.
I was going for more of an eclectic look for my boho farmhouse gallery wall design, so I get it there’s not a ton of consistency. However, if you take a step back and look again at the boho farmhouse gallery wall, you will see there’s a consistency color theme of blues and grays. These colors that you see throughout the gallery wall help pull it all together.
Your consistency can be a central theme, color or shape. This gallery wall is very consistent with black and white photography in black frames and it totally works. This gallery wall is less consistent, but still has theme of collected items and antiques and features whites, wood and greenery tones.
5. Don’t be scared of variety.
I think it’s just as important to create variety in your gallery walls as it is to be consistent. The really fun part about gallery walls is the grouping of items together in an unexpected way. I love seeing pieces of a gallery wall come together to tell a bigger and better story on your walls.
Creating a gallery wall in your home doesn’t have be a complicated process reserved for only the best home decorators. By sticking to these 5 gallery wall styling tips, you can design a gallery wall that you love…even if it’s your first time!
There are a few reasons why a gallery wall works in every home.
- You can totally make them your own. It’s fun to incorporate home decor items that are near and dear to your heart (like something you purchased on a vacation) or photos of your family. Mix in some awesome new decor with a consistent style and bam! You’ve got an awesome gallery wall.
- Gallery walls can grow over time. You can create a budget friendly gallery wall in your home to start and build to it in the future. The best gallery walls develop over time as you collect pieces that you love.
- Gallery walls are perfect for small spaces. You may not have a grand living space with an open concept, but everyone’s got a wall in their house, right? Something that Cost Plus World Market does really well is small spaces. They even have a whole small space living guide and entire product lines dedicated to small spaces, like this furniture for small spaces.