I've always loved the way that gallery walls look, but I've never actually had the gumption to do one. They always seemed like too much work. But our master bedroom was in dire need of some sprucing up, so I decided to do a bit of a makeover. We've lived in our condo for about two years now and every room is in pretty good shape but our bedroom. I think it's because no one sees it, so I just didn't put any effort into it. But it was past time. We had this huge empty wall opposite our bed and we have a year of family photos so enter: gallery wall. I used the image below as inspiration.
I loved this gallery wall because it really spoke about Joanna's family. The pairing of the frames is unexpected perfection. It tells a story and I love that.
I spent awhile collecting all the frames so I got the look I wanted and I sort of played around with the layout but really I just went for it. I've seen people who have really detailed ways of creating a gallery wall where they get a huge piece of paper, trace all the frames on to the paper, then hang the paper and put the nails in the appropriate places. I didn't think that would get the look I was going for so I just kind of winged it.
I think I'd eventually like to add a few more frames to make the look a bit more cohesive, but overall I'm very happy with it. I think it tells a story and adds a little something to our bedroom. As far as the frames go, I went for a mix. I wanted to add a pop of color here and there and the red and blue frames do that. Then I just mixed in varying sizes of neutral frames.
I still need to paint the natural frame navy blue, but you know how projects like that get pushed to the back burner! Here's the finished product where my dresser isn't cleared of all it's clutter.
I really think this project is pretty easy. If you are like me and see gallery walls and think: I can't do that. You are wrong, I did it and so can you!
Sampling of my frames came from:
White washed frame- Pottery Barn
Center large black frame with matting- Pottery Barn
Red frames- Blick
Light blue antique frame and dark blue frame- Four Sided (a nearby boutique frame store)
Square dark wood frame- Pottery Barn
Natural frame- JoAnns