Relying on my trusted friend for inspiration (google, who else?), I found tons of different options for displaying frames and it's darn hard to choose.
1. MismatchedIf you want an eclectic feel with a collected-over-time look, its the way to go. It seems relaxed and effortless (though I'm pretty sure putting up a wall like these takes a LOT of effort) ;)
2. Matchy-matchyFeeling formal and a bit traditional? Have your frames in one solid color.
3. MonochromaticThis is the marriage of mismatched and matchy-matchy. Have mismatched frames in monochromatic shades to achieve a relaxed borderline-formal feel. (confusing I know, but you get my point)
4. Frame color = Wall color
This is a fresh look that makes your artwork/photo stands out. It can also add texture to a blank wall without creating too much visual clutter. Perfect for those half-minimalist-half-artsy people out there.
and then there's the.....
1. Sort-of-SymmetricalThe frames are arranged to form a kinda shape so it's sorta symmetrical with a bit of balance but not really. (WHAT??!!)
2. Complete Symmetry-The BoxNow this is not confusing. Arranging the frames formally to form a box / square / rectangle.
3. RandomHow about slapping those frames on the wall to form nothing but turns out beautifully nonetheless?
So now you understand why I use darn. It's too hard to choose from all these styles and techniques! These things requires long pondering/daydreaming, and it doesn't hurt to have the talent.
After much thought (yep, long daydreaming helps), here's my 'wall' plan for our house:
My bedroom- frames: mismatched / arrangement: complete symmetry-the box (update! see my bedroom gallery here)
Hallway- frames: matchy-matchy / arrangement: sort-of-symmetrical (update! hallway TINY gallery here)
Living room- frames: mismatched / arrangement: random (update! our living room frame gallery here)
Photos of our wall galleries to follow upon completion of projects. (fingers crossed so tight it hurts)
Image credit (from top to bottom): Jonathan Adler, La Maison, Domino, Kids Collective, John Derian, Chic Home Decor, Steven Gambrel, O at home, Living Etc, Mr Kate, House and Garden, Source unknown, Pottery Barn, Interior Design, Dec0r, Posy