I love a gallery wall! There’s something about a collection of photographs, artwork and quotes on a wall that makes me happy. Here are a few collections hanging in our house now…
Living Room (this one is my fave)
Family Room- pictures by the very talented Katie Nagle.
C’s Room- When we added that pink chifferobe, I had to totally redesign her wall. **Warning** I like a lot of pictures!
Our Bedroom- This is our view every morning when we wake up- the beach.
Now I’ve been known to put 100 holes in a wall to try to hang up a picture. It’s hard to get it exactly perfect. Especially if you have several frames that you are putting together in one space. I’ve found a few tricks that I use to help reduce the number of mistake holes I put in the wall. Here they are…
1. Make templates of your frames from newspaper or old wrapping paper and tape them to the walls with painters tape to help with your layout.
2. Dab a little drop of nail polish, lipstick or liquid glue on the back of the hanger then press it to the wall or template to leave a mark for where your nail should be.
3. Use command strips!
I’ve mentioned before that I love using my childrens’ artwork to decorate! I went to IKEA to get my favorite frames and they.were.sold.out. Completely. Ugh, what a disappointment! So, I went to AC Moore and lucky me, the frames I wanted were buy 1 get 1 free! I brought the art with me so I could pick the best sizes. Now, I’ll share with you that I have had some artwork custom framed in the past ($$$). I have since smartened up and now I improvise. If the size of the paper doesn’t fit a frame mat, I just place the artwork on top of the frame. Guess what- it still looks beautiful.
Below are the steps I took to hang the pictures in the playroom…
- Arrange the frames on the floor. Play around with the overall shape of your design. Do you like symmetrical or are you ok if it is unbalanced? I usually pick an imaginary line to line up some of the frames and then go from there to what I like visually. If you need some inspiration, google “gallery wall” or check out pinterest for some ideas. Once you have found a design you like, take a picture so that once you start moving the frames around you remember your original design (I learned that the hard way!)
- Trace the frames you would like to hang on either newspaper or old wrapping paper. I usually use old wrapping paper because it doesn’t leave ink marks like newspaper will 🙂
- Use painters tape to hang the templates on the wall. Move them around until you have a design that you love.
- Dab a very small dot of nailpolish or liquid glue on the back of the frame from where you will hang it. Lightly press the back of the frame onto the wrapping paper template that is on the wall. When you lift the frame off, there will be a small dot on the wrapping paper marking where your nail or screw needs to go!
- Place a nail or screw in the wall where your mark is. Gently tear the template paper off so that the nail or screw is still in the wall.
- Hang the frame! If you find that the frame is moving around a bit on the wall, place some painters tape on the back to keep it in place.
If you do not want to put holes in your wall, command strips are a great alternative. I use these quite frequently (costco has a huge pack!).
Gallery walls are great for stairways, hallways or family rooms. You can choose to have your frames all match or just compliment each other. Is there a place that is meaningful to your family? Put a map or watercolor print of the place mixed in with favorite photographs. Another great touch could be a favorite quote or lyrics to a song. Remember, you are creating a place that is meaningful to your family. Hang reminders of meaningful moments and places.