Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall

Since we purchased our home, we have been remodeling room by room.  Honestly, the main level hasn’t been decorated.  It’s time to feel a bit more at home.  The best way to do that is add personal photos.  To me, there’s no better space than the entryway, our current project!
When we moved in, the stairs were covered in dark brown carpet.  Chris removed it, along with hundreds of staples, sanded them and we had them stained to match our custom hardwoods. I can’t wait to share more on this {actually, can’t wait to finish them}.  The final step, sanding and painting the risers, has yet to be completed.
A bit of sad news in my world, my versatile camera lens broke on vacation.  It really limited me on capturing the stairwell, but I attempted to make due and photograph at various angles.  I can’t wait to get my lens back from Canon!
I love my family and hope it reflects in our home.  Adalyn enjoyed stopping to check out each photo on her way down the stairs to breakfast this morning.
I’m really happy with how the wall turned out and can’t wait to add more memories to the wall in the future!

Click here for a step by step to designing your own gallery wall.

Purchasing the number of frames to make a gallery wall work, can be expensive.  My solution?  Transforming these modern frames found at Hobby Lobby {$55 half off} to those I originally wanted to purchase {$150}.  Rethink items – don’t always accept them as is.
I removed the two thinner mats and put the spacer behind the larger mat.  Remove the glass and mats and spray the frame, allowing it to dangle from a finger so that you can coat the entire frame at once.  Remember to keep the paint 6″ away.  I covered all 7 in just 10 minutes!  Another inexpensive way to achieve a professional look for this project is to have your photos {even if taken by yourself} printed professionally.  I recommend Mpix or EPG!  Pricing is similar to drugstores and it’s who the photographers use!
Do you have a gallery wall in your home?  If so, did you include family photos, artwork or even objects?

Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.

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  • Reply August 21, 2012

    theresa

    Im going to be moving into my dorm room soon and im limited on space and i cant nail thibgs into the wall but i did want to have a mini photo gallery on my wall. Thanks so much! I think this is going to help. But do you know any way to get pictures onto the wall without nailing them in? Im thinking out using those black paper frames to hold the pictures so theyre not petruding out of the wall

    • Reply August 21, 2012

      Anonymous

      Theresa, without a doubt, 3M Command Strips. They offer several types. I use them To hang heavy items at events all the time. They are so easy to remove too! You can purchase them from the hardware store or Target!

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Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall

I have been longing for a gallery wall in our stairwell.  I’m not one to have a lot of family photos throughout the home, but have always wanted a wall of them near the entryway.  This post will continue to grow as I share how I transformed craft store modern frames into beautiful gallery frames and share the actual hanging of the wall.
1)  Once all of the frames were converted and painted, I laid them out to achieve the desired look.  Doing so will let you know if you want to adjust the number of frames, size of frames, direction of photos you will choose, etc.  Below, I decided on 3 anchor 8×10 frames that slope with the stairwell and will hold 3 vertical photographs, 2 vertical 5×7’s and 2 horizontal 5×7’s. {Please pardon the iPhone photo and the fact that I ran out of spray paint.  It’s not always perfect here on 91st Street.}
2)   I selected some of my favorite photos, putting them into a folder on my desktop. 
3)   In Microsoft Word, I imported photos and arranged them in a number of ways, both in color and black and white.  From this, I selected my favorites and favorite arrangements.  Far easier than having all of them printed and swapping them into different frames.  This also assured me that I like the placement I had laid out on the floor earlier, BEFORE putting holes in the wall.
This third step helped me realize that our honeymoon photo {on the far right} would fit better with the overall wall if lightened.  Creating your layout also serves as a guide for ordering your photos, ensuring you order each in the appropriate size.  
Sample layout:
Click here for the final result!
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Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.

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