Hi Friends!! I have loved getting all of your feedback from my post on Monday, Creating a Space you Love. I know sometimes it can be intimidating seeing all these beautifully completed spaces styled perfectly on Pinterest. Sometimes you see something you like, but have no idea how to transform your space to resemble the ones you love that you see in pictures. I certainly don’t claim to have a magic formula, but I do have a thought process, and it’s one I use not only in my own spaces but when I’m working with clients as well. Point in case, the gallery wall in our living room around our TV.
If you follow me on Instagram you may remember me sharing this pic with you a few months back. First off there was nothing really wrong with the gallery wall that was there. I actually really liked it for awhile too, but when I put the first one up, I had to settle on a few items, because I couldn’t find certain frames I was hoping to use at the time. I wanted all large gallery matte frames, but my normal scouting places were picked clean. So I went a different route and this is what I came up with. Here is what we can call gallery wall round 1. Again I’m not complaining, this was totally fine, I really liked it for awhile. But when you have to live with something you can tell how much you like something with how long it lasts in your space. Being the gallery wall nut that I am, it didn’t intimidate me to take it all down, patch the holes, and start fresh. When it started to feel cluttered to me, I knew it was time to re-visit this corner of our living room once again, and clean up the look a bit. I shared the new layout in my summer Tour of Homes post this year, but now I’ll give you more details on what I did to change it up.I had picked up a few new antique accent pieces that I knew I wanted to incorporate, along with some newer frames. So everything came off the walls except the letter “D” and the large frame above it on the right side.I opted for more wood toned frames, and none that were smaller than an 8×10 size. The two new antique pieces added, where a large round copper tray the hubby got me for my birthday from a local antique store, and a german license plate from my sweet friend Alice over at Thoughts from Alice! She started a new Instashop, selling some of her antique finds, and I scooped it up there for a great price, which was so awesome because I had been wanting one for the longest time. I have a strong German heritage, so adding little pieces that resemble it, add another layer of meaning to my home that’s more than just decor.
On the left side of the tv, some more frames from Target, and a mini sunburst mirror from Jo-Anne’s. One of my favorite things to incorporate into my gallery walls are quotes. A favorite scripture or saying is a great way to add personality to your walls, and breaking up the photos from feeling overloaded with pictures. I loved this gold foil print from Always Lou. Simple, subtle, yet speaks to me. A gentle reminder in my busy day, to stop, look around, take it all in, and be thankful for all that we have, and lean into the One who guides me in that still small voice.
I know that gallery walls can be tricky. They are so inspiring to look at, but sometimes just finding the right place to start can prove challenging enough. I don’t follow any patterns, or lay everything out ahead of time. When the mood strikes I grab my hammer and my nails and work away at it, until it feels just right.
I shared over at City Farmhouse yesterday, some tips and tricks on how I go about hanging a gallery wall, so be sure to check it out for even more gallery wall info.
Also don’t forget, **early registration** is going on now for the Art of Home online course. You can read all about the class here and to sign up! I hope you will join me to be refreshed and inspired in your own home!
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