When we first started talking about buying a house all I could think about was my gallery wall. It sounds ridiculous, I know…but I remember growing up with one leading up to our stairs and all the memories it constantly reminded us of. I wanted that same feeling, I wanted people to be able to walk into our house and instantly have the feeling that it was a home, a home filled with love, the occasional fit 😉 and memories. So this has been on my to do list for awhile and I am so happy to finally have it done! Obviously I went with traditional white frames because if you didn’t already know 😉 I LOVE white. Plus, white frames really make a picture pop and that’s the best part about creating these memories in our home. They’re almost the first thing you see when you walk in our door, they coordinate well and Blake loves pointing at all of the pictures of Daddy (I mean, don’t mind me….I just carried you for nine months).
The frames are all courtesy of Framed and Matted and are seriously gorgeous.
Three tips to creating the perfect gallery wall, then I’ll show you mine in more pictures than you’ll probably want to see, but hey–deal with it 😉
1. Coordinate and make a game plan. These two things go hand in hand because it’s the enter beginning process. You have to pick frames/matting that coordinate together, especially if you’re using more than one color frame. As far as the game plan, figured out where your gallery wall is going to be, look at the lighting (so you can choose the right color frame) and take down dimensions so you know exactly how many pictures you can fit there.
2. Once you have all that down, order those frames! If you don’t want to spend the time taking down dimensions, then choose your favorite pictures you want on the wall, order them up and then do this quick trick that I love; Cut out butcher paper in the sizes of the frames. This way you can temporarily “hang” them up to find the perfect order and spot for each picture. It;s a simple way to create a gorgeous gallery wall without nailing, taking down, nailing again and so on.
3. Plan on spending some time. This project took me half a Saturday–no jokes, but look how great it looks now! Expect to spend time on a gallery wall, but be patient because the end result is better than you could have ever imagined!