I’ve always had a love for wall galleries but have never had the patience to create my own. It takes time to curate the frames, choose the perfect pictures, Photoshop and enlarge any photos, and then actually hang these pieces in some kind of logical and well designed manner…I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
BUT, after years of coveting galleries such as this:
And even this:
I finally decided to create my own…
(I hung whatever string – or ribbon in this case – I had available and attached my keys at the bottom to create the straight line needed to hang the pictures)
(I then measured the space on the wall and did a quick draft arrangement on the floor before hanging each piece)
Obviously, I’m not quite finished – I still need to fill the majority of the frames, paint the bottom right frame in chalkboard, straighten everything out a bit, and perhaps add another picture or three, but it’s a good start! And what a difference it makes!
The oval bird pictures are from Décor Steals (previously WUSLU), the bottom right frame is a $1 flea market find (which I plan on painting over), and the remaining small frames are from Michael’s. The two large white frames are also from Michael’s, which I simply painted over in Annie Sloan’s Old White chalk paint. I also plan on painting the top, right frame in a color TBD – perhaps in something bold and bright?
*On a side note: if you come across a cheap frame in a style, but perhaps not the right color or wood tone, that you like – don’t hesitate to buy it! You can easily find frames for $1 or less at flea markets and garage sales, and with 5 minutes of your time and a tab of paint, you’ve got yourself a chic and charming transformation.
Now, finding the pictures to fill the frames is the hard part! If you have children, I highly recommend framing of few of their masterpieces. It’s a great way to makes them feel good and grow their confidence while adding a fun pop of color to your wall – all without spending a dime!
(This is another gallery I’m working above my bar in the dining room. Yep, I still have a bit of work to do on this one too, but the first thing I added was an original piece of art my little nephew painted just for me!)
Otherwise, take a gander around the web, and you’ll find dozens of free printables. The “Carpe Diem” piece I have hanging in my living room, for example, can be found here.
Or, if you’d like something a little more vintage-y, take a look at the printables over at the well-loved Graphics Fairy or Vintage Printable. Or, for a few other fun options, try here, here, or here. (Just make sure you give credit where credit is due, and never claim these pieces as your own creation!)
A wall gallery is an excellent way to showcase your personality; it’s not suppose to be perfect, but it’s a perfect statement piece – so have fun with it! Carpe Diem, right?!