Our house is on the smaller side and we don’t have a lot of wall space. I think this is why I am such a lover of gallery walls. I can’t really decorate with big frames because I would only be able to fit a few pictures on each wall. So I have started using one larger frame and then filling in the space with smaller frames, words, deer heads (ha) you name it I’ve used it. I have played around with a lot of different options and am really happy with how my gallery walls have turned out. So let’s start the tour.
Dining Room: I used to have a large chalkboard here but have since moved that by the front door and had so much fun arranging these pictures. I have a bit of a frame addiction. I pick up frames all the time and still feel like I need more. Some of my favorites have come from thrift stores and clearance sections. The large frame in the upper left is so pretty it’s distressed in gold and white. It was only $5.99 at the goodwill.
Next is Lily’s Room. This gallery wall has changed a bit through the last year and a half. I could literally cover the whole wall in pictures. Picking which ones go on the wall is so hard.
Matt’s Office: This wall was a little more challenging because of the lamp situation but I love how this gallery turned out!! Matt cut the California on his Router and I stained it. Anyone want one of their own?
This stuff is a life saver at keeping all the frames in place. If I don’t use it then all my pictures seem to lean.
Before I start hanging pictures up there’s a few things I do first.
1.I figure out what I’m going to use.
2. I cut and tape pieces of paper on the wall the same size as my items and start playing around to find the perfect arrangement.
3. I clear a space on the floor and lay everything out to see what it would look like on the wall. Although the paper works good most of the time it really helps to see all the items together. Sometimes once it’s up you might not like the way something looks. Don’t be afraid to change things up either. Don’t just stick to frames.
Some of my favorite items to use in a gallery are:
Plates, Monogram Letters, Candle Holders, Small Chalkboards, Crosses, Tree Rounds, Small/Large Mirrors, Fabric Looms, Garland, Deer Heads (that cute little one in the office gallery is from Ross!) and of course Pictures.
Anyone out there want to put together a gallery wall but you feel intimidated? Well let’s talk about it. I would love to help.