Happenstance: Gallery Walls on the Town

After working on a few gallery walls lately, at home and for clients, I couldn’t help but noticing that this way of grouping art has made it into the stores as well. Here are two examples, showing slightly different styles; one from J Crew and one from Banana Republic in San Francisco. Who wore hung it best?


Photos: Charlotte Coffey



Above: In this example, from a Banana Republic store in downtown San Francisco, all the pieces are unified by black frames, white matting and b/w photography. A limited color scheme like this makes it easier to hang the art. The black and white gives the space a crisp and modern look.



Above: At the J Crew store, in the San Francisco Shopping Center, the gallery wall is made with art representing different kinds of media (print, photography, paintings, magazine cover), with frames and matting in various colors, sizes, and materials. This kind of wall is harder to get right, but when you do, it brings the space a lot of warmth and personality. It’s also a great way to add some color without it being overwhelming.

About the Author:
Charlotte Coffey is the principal designer of Lotta Coffey Design & Interiors, and creates authentic, modern Scandinavian interiors in San Francisco, Marin County and the Wine Country. In her spare time, she enjoys eating, running and painting things white.


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