There is something about walking in home & seeing photos around. It just makes it feel so cozy & inviting. When we moved into our home, one of the first things we did was start to get all the photos & memorabilia together that I wanted to hang up. Once I had it all together, I started to create a wall gallery to showcase my clan along with some architectural elements added.
I find what makes a statement is adding large frames to showcase your photos. I personally like 5×7 frames up to 16×20. I add a mixture of sizes & in between, I add some memorabilia. It can be an art piece or an antique that you love. Display what brings you joy! If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok. Take a few days to ponder about it & rework it until’ your heart is content.
How I got my wall gallery started was by starting with the focal point. This is where I add a large photo of my clan. From there, you place the photos and/or memorabilia around that focal point. Spread out to your desire length & width. I chose to go beyond the length of my couch. Then add around the top & bottom.
Note: too many small frames can make it look cluttered. What I recommend if you want to add smaller frames, limit to a few.
Some people have also done the layout method. You find examples o Pinterest. Lay the photos on the floor how you would like to see them placed on the walls. I have done several wall galleries in my time that just adding them to the wall was easy for me. I had a vision of how I wanted it to look & achieved it.
For the mounting hardware…
Depending on the type of wall you want in your gallery all depends on what hardware you need to use. Our 135-year-old house has the original stone walls. This can make it tricky to hang frames, especially heavy ones. We had to use masonry screws. For lighter frames & art we also used velcro command strips. Although, I do not recommend using any kind of command strips over your bed. Here’s a trick to keep your frames straight! Add a little sticky tack to the bottom of the frame. Before you tackle a wall gallery project, check to make sure what type of hardware you need first for your wall type.
Command strips (optional)
Feeling inspired? Check out Pinterest for some amazing wall galleries!
Have fun creating!
Xo, Debra (aka Dusty)