How to Save Space by Storing Items In Your Gallery Wall

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Gallery walls are a popular interior design feature that are a great way to display some of your favorite pieces of art and photographs. I just love the way a wall gallery looks, all of those frames nestled so closely together, weaving a story of our loves, memories, and families. I also have a deep-seeded love for books and home decor magazines and my house is overflowing with them (perhaps you, too, know what this is like?). However, I also love a neat, and tidy house, with a pop of color, but the problem is that my house is pretty small and there isn’t always a designated place to keep my ever-growing collection of books and magazines. But then I realized something brilliant about how to save space.

Gallery walls don’t have to be all about the art – they can be functional, too! I can use my books and magazines as not only wonderful things to read, but also as beautiful decor. I’m here to show you how to seamlessly incorporate storage pieces into your gallery wall to save space while still having them blend in with your art and not detract from the beauty. Have a small house with minimal storage? No problem! Learn how to use items you’re storing as visual interest pieces while keeping them up and out of the way with help from Cost Plus World Market! And pssst, stick around for a super awesome giveaway at the end of this post!

How to Save Space by Using a Gallery Wall

When I was piecing together my gallery wall, the first place I turned to was Cost Plus World Market. They have the most amazing selection of functional wall storage pieces and a wonderful assortment of gallery wall art pieces for all sorts of styles and looks. I knew they were just the place to get all pieces for my functional storage gallery wall 🙂

Just as a refresher, this is what my gallery wall looked like before it got a makeover from Cost Plus World Market. Perfectly adequate and even fairly nice looking, but no spark, and definitely no functionality or storage. So I went to my local Cost Plus World Market and went on a happy shopping spree of joy and picked out not only some amazing art for my gallery wall, but also some storage pieces that will make my life so much easier.

I just put on some Netflix and went to work on hanging my new gallery wall and this is the gorgeous, colorful, and functional result:

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

‘Très manifique, no? (ignore the crooked wooden doorbell box and carbon monoxide detector in the upper left corner). But seriously, AHHH, I just ADORE how it turned out! Beautiful, fun, colorful, and most of all, a place where I can store some items up and out of the way without detracting from the beauty! Here’s a breakdown on how to store your favorite items using a gallery wall:

How to Store Magazines in Your Gallery Wall

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

Colorful magazines (like HGTV!) are a great candidate to store in your gallery wall. The graphic and bright covers are pleasing to the eye and look almost like art themselves. The best way to store magazines on a wall is to get a holder or bin, like this chicken wire one from CPWM, where you can layer your magazines with the covers facing out. I only stuck 3 in this holder for now, but since I screwed it securely into the wall, I could store a whole year’s worth of magazines in this baby, no problem.

How to Store Books in Your Gallery Wall

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

I am the queen of books. My personal library is quite extensive and is past the point of overflowing my normal bookshelves, so I needed to find alternate storage! This wire wall rack is perfect for storing some copies of my favorite tomes (and has added storage for a clock on top and hooks for keys below!). Like the magazines, look for books in your collection that have pretty colored or interesting spines or covers. I picked blue, green, white, and black to play off the colors in the large geometric canvas print in the center of my gallery wall. Mix up with how you stack your books, either vertically, or horizontally like the photo below:

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

How to Store Keys in Your Gallery Wall

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

I don’t know about you, but I was always misplacing my keys, especially little-used keys like the one to garden shed, the extra car key, or the key for the padlock on the fence. By incorporating some hooks, like this gorgeous gold feather, into your gallery wall, you can keep keys within reach while also making them an eye-catching part of your gallery wall. Since this gallery wall is right by the front door, it’s also a great place to drop our regular house keys so we don’t misplace them! You could also use these sorts of hooks to store anything from bracelets to extra hair ties, hats to scarves, and more. Just look for your prettiest and most stunning everyday items to store on your wall and you have instant functional art!

Let’s look at a couple more glamor shots, shall we? 😉

I had a ton of fun putting together this gallery wall with CPWM pieces – virtually everything you see on this wall came from their awesome collection.

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

A little nervous about putting together a gallery wall? Elizabeth Mayhew has some great tips on how to get started:

It’s really not too hard once you get going! Like Elizabeth says, start with an anchor piece (in my case it was the big beautiful geometric canvas) and then fill in items around it. It’ll all come together in no time! If you’re having trouble picking colors or themes, Cost Plus World Market has some great color inspiration. Look for pieces that have coordinating colors throughout; in my gallery wall I looked for pieces with blue, coral, and mint green as my primary colors with black, wood tone, and gold as accent colors.

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

Include a couple of faux air plants or a piece of fabric (in this case a CPWM dishcloth) for visual interest and texture!

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

Anything goes with a gallery wall, so look beyond the wall art section. Many table decor pieces (like my concrete and wood ampersand, or faux air plants) can be used on the wall for a very cool multi-dimensional effect!  Try sprinkling a few interesting pieces throughout your gallery wall for a fun and quirky look.

You gallery wall can even extend past the wall. Here I used another Cost Plus World Market frame that fit in with my vibe and stacked yet more books that went along with my color theme to keep the fun going.

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

I just absolutely LOVE how this space turned out! It puts a smile on my face every time I come in the door. And the best part? I’m no longer searching for lost keys or wondering where the latest issue of HGTV magazine went. It’s all right where I can find it while keeping the beauty and visual interest high – what a great way to save space! That’s a workhorse of a gallery wall if you ask me!

How to Save Space Using a Gallery Wall

Now that you know a gallery wall can pull double duty and save space by keeping your items up and out of the way, how would you love it if you could spruce your own space on Cost Plus World Market’s dime??

How to Save Space by Using a Gallery Wall

That’s right! You could win a $5,000 grand prize Cost Plus World Market shopping spree plus a design consultation with the awesome Nicole Curtis!! Whatttt, I wish I could win this. Seriously. There are also 3 runner-up $1,000 gift card prizes up for grabs. You don’t want to miss this sweepstakes, believe me!


Did you love the look of my functional storage gallery wall? The great news is you can get the look yourself at home (which would be a great way to spend that Sweepstakes cash, am I right?) by checking out all the products I used below.

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