Decorating with photos of my family makes me happy. And I LOVE gallery walls! I mean…seriously, who doesn’t love an awesome gallery wall? I know it can feel overwhelming when you look at that big blank space and wonder exactly where to start. But no worries I’m here to help you create the perfect gallery wall for your home. Because as long as you chose items you love to fill your walls, you are sure to love the outcome. And you can always rearrange the layout until you get it perfect. Take it from me, I rearranged and added more pictures to our gallery walls after having to take the first one down when we had our house painted. And now I love our wrap gallery wall even more!
Let’s start at the beginning. Our front room was sad! Look at that lonely dated artwork stuck in the middle of the great big wall. We bought the Erktop loveseat and chairs from Ikea but needed to accessorize the space. And with not only one but two blank walls to work with I figured I could add lots of personality to our room. This is the first room you see when you come through our front door so we want it to reflect our family when you come in. We want you to feel welcome and at home but this room didn’t give you that feeling!
But now with this wrap gallery wall in the room it definitely makes you feel at home. Don’t you think so?
There were a few items on the walls that I didn’t love. They were fine but when I was creating these walls I was searching for wall decor that matched the theme and color scheme (more about that later) and bought some things that weren’t perfect but went with the colors. One of the was the large canvas in the middle of the wall…you know the centerpiece of the space. Although I really like the quote on the canvas, I didn’t like the style of it. When we had the room painted I decided to rearrange the wrap gallery wall and take the opportunity to add more photos of my favorite people. Anne had just done a family photo session for us and I wanted to include some of those pictures but didn’t want to take any of the ones I already had hanging down.
I love our wrap gallery wall even more than I did before which I didn’t think was possible. It looks a bit more symmetrical and I like how it fills in all the wall space between the crown & wainscot mouldings.
First & Second Layouts
Do you want to create a gallery wall in your home? Follow these simple tips and you will be on your way to a beautiful space that reflects you and your family.
You will want to have an idea of the size of your wall that you are working to fill. Determine if you want your gallery to go from floor to ceiling or in a defined space on your wall. For our project I wanted to fill the space between the crown and chair rail mouldings on both walls.
- Style & Color
Choose a style and color palette. Do you want all black frames or maybe all white? Do you like a mix of different sized frames and art work or maybe you like a grid pattern of identical frames? I wanted a modern farmhouse look for our wrap gallery wall with a mix of family photos in different sizes and quotes. Picture frames in weathered wood, as well as blue and white frames was the color scheme I chose. The other wall art and quotes helped add to the farmhouse style.
I do love to shop…so hunting for the frames and other items was a lot of fun for me. Most of the wall decor pieces and frames were found in Home Goods or Hobby Lobby. Two of my favorite stores! But if you are looking for a more symmetrical modern look…Ikea has a great selection of frames. When shopping buy things you like but don’t worry if they don’t all work in your layout. I had to return several pieces that didn’t fit the look I wanted. It’s a process….have fun with it! And if you hate shopping call me I’d be happy to do it for you! Ha!
You can either layout all your artwork and frames on the floor to arrange them in the design you want for your gallery wall or you can make paper templates to hang on the walls. I’ve it done both ways. You can read about how I made templates for my staircase gallery wall here. However, for this project in our front room, I pushed the furniture to the foyer and used the floor in the room to create the layout. I was able to leave the frames and art on the floor and keep coming back to rearrange until I was happy with the look.
The first time I did these walls I hung everything with nails but if you look back at those pictures you’ll notice some of the frames aren’t perfectly straight. It drove me crazy…I’d straighten the frame and a day later it was crooked again. I had good luck using command strips on our staircase gallery wall so the second time around I decided to go with the command strips. When you start hanging your gallery wall you will want to begin in the center of your wall. Continue adding items to the left and right from the middle where you started. To wrap the gallery wall around the corner be sure to leave several inches from the corner before hanging additional frames and art.
What’s your favorite style gallery wall? I love all three of ours! I can’t decide between this mixed farmhouse style, the black frames in our staircase, or the white grid gallery in my daughter’s room (I’ll share that one soon). And can’t wait to add even more…so much fun!