Have you been following the entire Decorating with Pictures series on Kristen Duke Photography? So. Many. Awesome. Ideas!!!! (And giveaways. Lots of giveaways! Click here to check out today’s awesome giveaway with The Splot Shop – over a $100 value- now!!!)
I’m so excited to be here as a part of Kristen’s series. I love bringing photos into the home to remind us of loved ones far away, times we don’t want to forget, and document our lives. I think this series is such a fabulous idea and am excited about incorporating more photos into my house already, aren’t you?
That’s why I am really excited to show you some fun and easy tips I found to create a gallery wall without a ton of stress. And even more importantly, I am sharing a secret not-so-pretty past from our entryway- a huge, oddly shaped, blank and ugly wall that greets everyone when they enter our home. I had a hard time figuring out what I could do to make the wall look less massive (it is in our living room and spans half the width of our house as it turns into a walkway to the family room) which isn’t always something you see covered in blogs.
I didn’t want to take up a TON of space, because you can’t really see much to the left of the table as our stairs cut off most of the view when you are coming in the house.
Check out that behemoth below. I thought adding a little table would help to break up some of the huge whitespace… as well as serve as a nice little way to tie in some thrifted treasures and decor to match a fun vintage map of Scotland I scored at Luckett’s and a mirror. Um, no.
Doesn’t that look totally goofy? This tiny little table and huge wall. I knew I wanted to make a gallery wall, but 1), gallery walls are like nails on a chalkboard to my husband- and 2), I am not a good planner. I like to decorate in the moment, and planning out geometric designs- not gonna happen. Bless your heart if you love being precise. I have a hammer and nails and a zillon projects for you.
So here’s my super secret, lazy decorator way around having things precision placed on gallery walls:
I determine a rough “shape” I want to use, mix frame sizes and subject matters, and place them randomly. You’l notice the only two frames lined up are the smaller frames in the top row. For these, I used a level to be sure they were both placed at the same height and didn’t look goofy.
For the rest, I kept them somewhat in line, but as the frames were different sizes, I didn’t have to be precise at all. Just put a a nail in the general area you want to hang that picture, and go! I love perfectly positioned photos, but with two toddlers, I just don’t have all day to hang pictures, and I think a basic upside down “L” shape adds some intrigues and keeps your eye moving around the shots.
I also chose black instead of white frames to match the table, but they also look heavier. This allowed me to buy less and not have to fuss with a ton of photos to hang, but make the large wall look warmer, more decorated, and not as staggeringly big.
I especially love that the pictures don’t have a set theme outside of things my husband and I love. We’re slowly adding more photos up around the house, and I plan on using a staggered approach in other rooms too so we can fill our space with images of everything we love. I hope you are inspired by all of the fantastic ideas in the Decorating with Pictures Series to do the same!