Monday, June 6, 2011

{gallery wall or art shelves: pt 2}

You may remember I posted a long while back on the question of gallery walls vs. art shelves. I've been collecting art to display in my home office, and believe it or not, have still not decided which look to go for! Every time I think I've firmly decided on one, I see a gorgeous image that sways me to the other side again! Truth be told, I love both looks, and if I had enough rooms in my home I'd probably do both. So what do you think?

Gallery wall?




Or art shelves??




Geesh, I am so smitten with both! Ugh. And can you tell from my favorite inspiration photos that I am drawn to an all black & white palette with touches of silver & gold?? That's what I've been collecting so far. So for now, I'll keep on finding pieces to add, it's taking me a while since I am a firm believer in only displaying art work I adore!!

And I'd love to here your thoughts on my dilemma ...


27 comments:

Macarena - Chic et Posh said...

Is it possible a mix of both styles? The art gallery display is very elegant but a corner vignette with a art shelves would look fantastique too! I promise if I stumble upon an image with something of the sort I'll email it to you. Lovely Week and good luck with your PhD!!! XoXo

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

AH! i want to do this so bad. i loveee gallery walls. i think i'd do the shelves so the frames can be moved around. xo jillian:: enter to win a $100 shopping spree!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I was ready to firmly say "gallery wall!!" and then I saw the art shelves. I am with you - I love the black and white look, especially sketches. so stunning!

Sara said...

Form follows function, remember? ;)

If you're the kind of person who finds the right spot for a piece and it stays there for years, go with a gallery wall. If you like to re-arrange everything in your home regularly, and/or swap out decor items often, go with art shelves.

I personally like the look of a gallery wall better (and had one in a previous home) but when I find the perfect piece for the perfect spot, it stays there 'til we move house. I'm too busy designing dull corporate web sites to re-design my house, over and over!

Rachael @ Roco Rennie said...

I gotta say I'm a gallery wall girl (prob because I work in an art gallery. I think the shelves are lovely but a design "in" trend, where as to me the gallery wall look is timeless. xx Hope your well xx

Directions Not Included said...

I love them both! I started a gallery wall in my office/craft room and am leaning towards the art shelves for our family room. I can't decide so I'm doing both :)

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Umm ok. So I am just as confused as you are after sharing such amazing pictures. I was going to say gallery wall until I got down to the House and Home photo.

Can I have both?



Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Meredith Heron said...

I suffer from this internal debate as well. I ended up going with the Art Wall in my dining room and shelves in my Son's room. I prefer the Art Wall truth be told now that I have both to compare!

Thanks for using my all time fave Art Wall - can you believe this client is going to sell this house on me? I'm pulling a Mary McDonald. I can't believe she's selling my house!

Erica said...

Love the art shelves but I am impatient and I went ahead with a gallery wall in a couple spots in my home. I saved the shelves for my upper hallway. The fun about them is moving things around but they also collect dust.
The great thing is that both end up looking spectacular...so I'm with Mr. GH can we have both? xo

tina - Half Of What I Say said...

I am definitely partial to the gallery wall, though that second to last image is very lovely.

JTay said...

I have a gallery wall that I love, but display my son's story books on a picture ledge. I'd have to say the ability to rearrange and change up the art work on a ledge whenever you want gives it an edge, though.

Kathysue said...

I think if it is a wall that is a pass through a gallery is in order, sometimes shelves can be a head-knocker, but if it a wall that no one will hit with their head I love love the versatility of a shelf, You can move, rearrange, trade out any art pieces with very little effort. So my vote goes for the shelf!! Kathysue

BubBLeS said...

I've always got a soft spot for gallery walls.. so I'd have to vote for that one! Maybe one of these days I'll find a wall big enough to incorporate that..

Can't wait to see what you decide on!

Maureen @ Modecor said...

Gallery Wall if it is more permanent...Art shelves if you want to switch it up more readily. All the images are spectacular.

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

I love the gallery walls!! I've been wanting to do it forever, but I'm still working on a great art collection :)

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

They seem really different to me. The shelves, while giving flexibility, actually feel more formal to me. I think its the lines they create in the room. The art walls feel a little more organic to me. What else is going on in the office? Are there enough soft furnishings to balance out the rigidity of the shelves?

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Hard to say. I am leaning towards a gallery wall.

{COZAMIA} said...

Hmm.. tough call, I think I like the shelves since I tend to switch my art around, I definitely could see both styles in my place too!

Edwina@FASHION+ART said...

I'm a gallery wall type but do love those shelves. Only thing is, with the wall you can start out with one, two or three choice pieces and build outward in time but with the shelves, you've got to fill those up in a hurry or they look bare.

I don't think both would work comfortably in the same room.

Annie@A View On Design said...

my god woman, your blog is divine! This is yet another sensational post, I often linger in your blog, so much to see, and over and over, never get sick of it! Also, def in my top 5 blogs atm, I just love your taste - you must have good taste too!!! xxxxxxxx Annie

David Toms said...

Can't you do both, but in different rooms??

Simple Dwellings said...

It's a toss up for me too, because I love and use both looks. But, if I had to choose, I think I like the gallery wall look the best. :)

courtneyoutloud said...

I love the shelves b/c it allows dore layering of different items. Plus it allows for really quick swap outs of items. With the gallery wall - if you find something new, you many times need to rearrange the set-up if it is an odd shape.

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

I like both for different reasons. Shelves are great because you can swap out pictures any time the mood hits without having to put another hole in the wall. And if the shelves are the same colour as the wall, the pictures seem to float, which is cool. But a gallery wall gives you the option to be less structured because all the bottoms of the frames aren't lined up like they are on shelves.

Lisa said...

I tend to collect larger pieces of art, so I'd probably do a gallery wall for art. But for photos, I prefer shelves. I have a picture of India Hick's dining room with floor to ceiling shelves jammed full of frames that I absolutely love and hope to replicate in the house we are moving to soon.

You can see the India Hicks picture here:
http://pinterest.com/pin/14315503/

and another view here:
http://pinterest.com/pin/15062908/

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Sarah MacMillan said...

I love both looks, but I think the shelves would work well in an office.

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