February 10, 2011

How to Create a Gallery Wall

Today I'm going to show you my newly completed photo gallery.  Gallery walls are huge right now - just page through a Pottery Barn magazine.  I've been working on mine for a while and I have some ideas and tips I want to share with you.  Here's my wall:

A gallery wall is a nice way to make use of a blank wall and a great way to display who you are.  I love decorating with personal meaning.  Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect gallery wall in your own home.

1) Mix, mix, mix.  I think it's really beautiful to mix prints, photos, and objects on your wall.  You can mix the colors of the frames as well.  As long as the colors tie into the colors you've chosen for your room, it will look great.  Here I used keys, photos, vinyl, prints, and even my husband's old chain rings from his bike.  (He's really into cycling and I like his interests to be part of the decor.)

2) Take your time.  If you try to create a gallery over night you'll probably spend a LOT of money.  I like to slowly accumulate frames and objects here and there.  I grab a frame when it's on clearance.  Start in the center and slowly built outward as you find more pieces you love.  Clearanced artwork is a great way to find a well priced frame.  This picture wasn't my style, but the whole thing was $9 so I took it home.  I had to pry the back off, but it became the frame you just saw above.  (Sidenote:  The puppies in the picture are part of my footed jammies.  I believe all my best work has been done while wearing pajamas.  Who doesn't love being cozy and comfy?)

3) Hang it right the first time.  Be sure to measure, use levels, and do all the things that will help you get it right the first time.  Sometimes when getting lazy and you can end up having a lot more holes in the wall than you need (not that I've ever done that :)  You can always lay things out on the floor first if that helps you get your lay out.

4) Pick photos that don't have to be changed.  Let me explain.  If you use photos like school pictures, then they feel outdated in a year.  If you pick photos that mark a certain period in your life then you won't feel like you have to change them all the time.  I put a wedding one up, even though that was years ago.  I picked this one from when I was pregnant with #2 because it's fun to remember how our family has grown.  These kind of photos make me reminisce and they make me happy.

5)  Display with meaning.  As I mentioned, I love to diplay things that mean something.  The frame that says "stretch" displays my personal goal for the year.  It helps me remember who I'm trying to become.  If you want to see how I made it you can find it HERE.

One of my favorite quotes that helps me look on the bright side of things is displayed as well.  It's a printable I created and you can print it off if you'd like.  There are a few to choose from HERE.

So, find a blank wall and go for it!  Put up all the things you love and smile everytime you walk by it.  Here's a final look at how ours fits into our home.

Thanks for reading!


  1. that is lovely, off to look at the full post now.
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    Leigh at The Sewing Diva

  2. Super cute. I keep looking at the walls in my stairway thinking about how to make a gallery. Thanks for this - you have inspired me.

  3. Boooo, I'm blog impaired :( When I click "click here", it takes me to her blog but not to your post. I can't find it, is it just me? *sniff sniff


  4. I cant find the post either :(

  5. I'm not finding the post either. But the wall is cuuute!

  6. Okay ladies. It's up and working now. Sorry!


  7. lovely! I like that it's colorful but all pulls together! And I also like that it's not just pictures, or just prints, but a yummy combo. And it's so spunky!
    Does anyone say spunky? I can go back to cool...

  8. Love it!!! Thanks for fixing the link. I love that you incorporated your husbands interests into the gallary too!!!

  9. Wow, very cool! I want to do a wall like this at my home to.

    I have put a link from my (starting-up-)blog to yours. It's in dutch, but people have to know how creative you are!


    Manische Mama (in Englisch Maniac Mom)

  10. Anonymous10.2.11

    I commented over at IC but I just wanted to comment here again with a big thank-you for this!

  11. Just wanted to say hi, I've been following your blog for a couple of weeks, and I gotta say I love it! You got such great ideas! I am a mom of two boys also(4 year old and a 19 month old) and its great finding ideas for things for them.I grabbed a button,and will be coming back, hope you have a great week!

  12. Anonymous10.2.11

    LOVE it and I especially love the blue frame... I am totally digging blue these days!!

  13. I am doing this right now to my stair way too. Yours looks soooo good! Thanks for sharing with us

  14. That is such a cute and fun idea! It is way cute!

  15. I don't have a stairway, but I just last week complete a gallery style wall in my dining room, and I couldn't be happier with it!

    ps. your blog is great, and your kids super cute.

  16. Just wanted to let you know I featured this today on my blog. Thanks so much for the idea!


  17. Love your blog. I think you should have mentioned that thrift stores have TONS of frames, often under $2. They may look a little worn sometimes, but if you plan on painting them anyway, they are a steal!

  18. You are so darn creative. I love the wall, it turned out beautiful. I have a huge blank wall in my house and I think your ideas really helped me a ton! Thanks. :-)


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