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December 20, 2021
A common problem with collecting art is that over time, we run out of space to display it all. Have more art than you do walls? One solution that makes a statement is to create a salon wall, also known as a gallery wall for a maximalist, more is more aesthetic.
Originating in France, “salon walls” have become quite popular and mainstream. Up until the late 17th century, owning art was highly exclusive and only affordable to the very wealthy. Coinciding with the French Revolution where a new middle class emerged, the demand for access to art and culture increased. The first Salon was curated by the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris in 1670. It was held as an exhibition for recent graduates of the École des Beaux-Arts to display their artwork for a semi-public audience. Every inch of wall space was filled with art from floor to ceiling, allowing viewers to take it all in.
The modern gallery wall is inspired by the maximalist style of the original salons and allows a collection of artwork to be displayed together. Here are 3 different ways you can design, curate and hang a gallery wall in your home:
For a clean, more minimal look, go with a gridded wall, pictured above.
For a more bohemian and chic look that echoes the maximalist aesthetic of the traditional salon, choose an eclectic design.
Photo via Pinterest
For a more cohesive asymmetrical look, design a streamlined gallery wall which is somewhere between the grid and eclectic styles.
As lovers of art and salons, Akasha Art began as an art gallery in Toronto in 2010(?) and has since evolved into akasha art editions; an online gallery helping you discover limited-edition fine art prints. Peruse our growing collection of artworks here for your next gallery wall project.
Looking for help with custom framing? Visit Akasha Art Projects.
Written by Kayla Stanistreet
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