Chances are, you have a hodge podge of framed prints, loose photos in drawers, and a gazillion photos stuck in your phone or computer. You'd love to figure out a way to display your favorites, but need some inspiration to pull it off.
Framed photos can proliferate like bunny rabbits and end up looking cluttered instead of artfully arranged.
That's where a gallery wall can gather up your photos into a wonderful display.
Not only will it make your photos shine, it will really add to the feeling of warmth and fun in your home.
I recently made a gallery wall by turning recent family photos into black and white prints, and framing them in simple black frames. Using one color for frames creates a clean, uncluttered look, even though there are lots of them on the wall.
I did not use a fancy layout system for my wall, but basically started pounding nails. My thought was that I will continue adding to this collection, and I want the freedom to "add on" without getting stuck in perfectionism. All the frames are from Walmart, and I chose differing sizes and matting combinations to keep it interesting.
Here are a few inspirations that I collected on Pinterest and elsewhere to get me going.
This is from Pottery Barn, and I love the use of clocks and street signs mixed in with this travel themed collection.
I love this idea, using an old door to display photos! Instructions are on the website.
Kara at LillianHopeDesigns designed her wall with the "just start hanging" technique. By combining photos with rustic signs and frames, she created a fun, yet meaningful grouping.
If you don't feel comfortable eyeballing things and pounding random holes in the wall Pinterest is again to the rescue with tons of layouts you can borrow. This is from livelovediy.com
A few tips:
When putting photos together on a wall, I find that simple is better.
- Edit the photos you want to display so that they have similar color palettes if possible, and lay things out on the floor so you can see how they will look together. You can also tape things off on the wall, or use butcher paper cutouts...but I'm personally much too impatient for these techniques. Find what works best for you.
- Go for symmetry, but you don't have to be religious about it. I think the best word is "balance" when mixing sizes and shapes!
- Finally, don't be afraid to make mistakes. Holes can be filled (or ignored) if you don't like your first placement. My walls look like a woodpecker got loose in the house, but generally nobody notices that but me. I keep a little container of PatchNPaint on hand to take care of the obvious ones.
So...need a weekend project? A gallery wall gives you nearly instant satisfaction, and you'll love seeing your favorite photos artfully arranged in your sanctuary!
What's YOUR favorite gallery tip??