Two paintings of the paintings galleries at the Louvre once upon a time (perhaps a bit much for our times but still a cool effect):
Here are some Victorian homes:
The Dewar House in England in 1910:
The Long Gallery in Althorp Hall, Northamptonshire, UK:
And the Library, also in Althorp Hall:
The gallery at Lyndhurst, the greatest Gothic Revival home in the US:
And why shouldn't we look towards such Victorian homes? They had similarly high ceiling heights with lots of walls to fill, and knew how to fill up those walls in a dramatic way.
One of my current clients always wanted to create such a gallery wall, and we decided to go for it on her very high living room wall... to, if I must say so myself, great effect.
While my client did have the space fairly well filled prior to our change, the focus on one large piece was not as effective visually as the collection of images. And I must mention, the artwork in the collection is far from mediocre.
After this sucessful project, I am re-inspired by the gallery wall idea, and plan on creating a similar wall on a much smaller scale (with much more mediocre art) in my own bathroom. And I shall be recommending it to several other clients.....stay tuned for more gallery walls!