When we moved into our apartment on June 1st of this year, we had a big blank slate with nothing but tan walls and one giant blue wall (my favorite color) and lots of possibility. We’ve slowly been decorating it to our taste and have finally completed one major project over the last couple weeks, thanks to my wonderful parents who drove two hours from our hometown to help this weeke
This major project I’m talking about? If you follow me on Instagram (my screen name is sarahsyhakhoun), you will have seen the various stages. Here are the photos I posted:
Cutting newspaper to size of the frames
Hanging up for an easy to change mockup
Painting the frames a glossy, beautiful bright white
Figuring out what to put in each frames and if I like the layout
We’ve finally finished, meaning there is art or photos in each frame! The frames are on a wall in our hallway which can be seen upon entering our apartment. This is the view from the door:
I apologize for the glare in some of these and the angles – it was a tight squeeze!
Here are both sides:
I absolutely adore gallery walls because they can tell so much about the people living in the home. Ours is filled with wedding and engagement photos, photos of friends and family, items from our wedding, quotes that we love, and art/photos that we love or have taken. How could I be a photographer without photos on display in my home, right?
State art: DIYed
Wedding Prayer: wedding gift, “You are my home” art: DIYed, Flower photo: taken by me
Wedding photos: Leah Maria Photography, Cat photo: taken by me
Garden photo: taken from a magazine ad, Wedding photo: Leah Maria Photography
Caricature: from our senior prom, “You and Me” greeting card: Urban Outfitters, Peony photo: Taken by me
Abstract art: from a magazine ad, Vintage chef art: found at a thrift store, Save the date: from our wedding bought at Magnet Street
You can see a tiny sliver of the Christmas card that started this long journey we’ve been on for almost seven years in the bottom left corner of the photo above. I will fill you in on that in a future post.
Red “S” art: DIYed for our candy table at our wedding, 612/651 print: bought at the MN State Fair
Strawberry photo: taken from a magazine, Two engagement photos: Leah Maria Photography, “North Shore Road Trip” art: purchased on our mini honeymoon to Duluth
Wedding invitation: DIYed, Pink lemonade wedding photo: Leah Maria Photography, Buddha quote: from a poster my husband had from his bachelor days (we are Christian but this Buddha quote is all about living in the present, which we work hard to do)
As quick and neat this post makes this process look, it is a lot of work! However, the payoff is SO worth it!
If you are thinking about tackling a large gallery wall (ours has over 40 frames), here are some tips:
- Use newspaper to mock up a layout
- Lay out the frames on the floor before ever putting any holes in the wall ( I ended up completely changing the newspaper layout once I saw the frames on the floor laid out)
- Try to incorporate a few colors to tie everything together (we used aqua blue)
- Use a variety of frames to keep things looking collected, not purchased at once
- If you paint all the frames the same color, you can make the cheap dollar store frames look as nice as the higher quality ones
- Ikea is a great option for this project since so many frames are involved
- Keep frames close together (about half an inch) to make the frames appear as one solid grouping
- A few larger gaps are okay and can be filled in with other thing if you want (photo strips, small momentos, little collectibles, etc.)
- Try to pick a place for the frames that is a high-traffic area: both you and your guests will want to walk by any chance they get!
If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them in the comments! I absolutely love this project and love our apartment 100% more now that I walk in and am greeted with all the things I love in my life.