Gallery walls have been around for a long time, but there seems to be a gallery wall "boom" recently. Everyone and their brother...(not my brother's I am guessing though, he he) seems to have, or be dreaming of a gallery or some sort in their home. It is one thing to paint a wall, maybe hang a painting or print, but it is totally another to put meaningful items together in a way that expresses your personal style. Talk about making a house a home in a very unique and personal way...no two galleries could ever be the same!
I have a project in mind of myself in fact...I have all the frames and plan to put wedding (see them at Carly McCray Photography) and engagement photos (by Trevor Keyler) in them...just have to order prints...it's been almost 8 months already...let's hope I get them up before our first anniversary...you guys can hold me accountable!
For now I have three small galleries in our apartment:
Here are some shots of our Master Bedroom Gallery. It is a mix of items we had around the house. Some photos I had taken in high school and two that were taken by our friend Trevor. I literally eye balled this one! I started with the sailboat in the middle and added frames one by one. Not the most strategic method, but it worked out!
I don't generally use a lot of bright colors in my decorating, maybe a splash here and there, however, my mother-in-law paints, so I had to find a way to hang some of her brightly colored pieces in a way that made sense aesthetically. Here is what I came up with for our second bedroom which is a work in progress. The sailboat and palm tree's are by Ann, my mother-in-law. The big agave print I bought for my first apartment to hang above my double bed and served as a headboard of sorts. (the sunflowers I stole from my mom...well she let me take them I should say) I am noticing that my shelf could use some work...any suggestions?? Use the comments section if you have any ideas...:)
Finally our entry way. I made those green boards for our wedding, to fill some stained glass window boxes at the reception hall, now they work wonderfully as bulletin/memory boards. I just need to get some items stuck on the top one. More items stole from mom in this one...the lamp and the mirror. The tiny painting is another one of Ann's and my favorite of the ones we have from her. The dried flowers are from Ann's garden and the vases held the three dozen roses Phil presented me with when he asked me to marry him.
The first step for me before beginning any project is the glean inspiration, my muse is Google search. I think the biggest challenge to starting a gallery wall project I think is picking your content and planning your placement; this is why looking at what others have done can help get the creative juices flowing. I did some looking so you wouldn't have to and here are some of my favorites from around the web. These folks definitely kicked it up a notch, take a peak:
I hate the idea of conforming a room around the television, which is why it is nice to have a family room of some sort, however many of us have small spaces, or more than one TV. While we all may want to hide our TV's so that guests assume that we "must do a lot of reading", most of us are not that way, which is why I love the idea above. The TV becomes part of the decor rather than an eyesore. Also notice how the frames are hung at eye level and even below...this really helps anchor the room and it is something you will see in many of the galleries I rounded up.
In this contemporary breakfast nook the gallery draws your eye upward in what might otherwise seem like a "short" space. The placement of frames from just below eye level to the ceiling and up over the window along with the full length curtains give this space height. The window almost blends right into the gallery, giving it cohesion and making it pleasing to the eye.
Can this be my home office? What nice composition. The frames and the pictures in them are all a little different. but have qualities that tie it all together, making it all work together. Again, notice the frames are hung low and extend the up towards the ceiling.
Pretty maids all in a row. Can never go wrong with classic summitry. Now if I only had that hallway...
Okay kids, so which gallery is your favorite? Do you have gallery wall you are proud of? If you have it posted on your blog leave me a link in the comments section. If not send my a hot of it in an e-mail! If you don't have an answer to any of the above questions, leave me a comment anyway...I love to hear from you!