What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
― Karl Lagerfeld
Photography is a beautiful form of art, capturing a moment that leaves as quickly as it arises. Photographs tell stories, share experiences and often bring you back to the very place they were taken. This makes them profound items to decorate your home with. Gallery walls are one of the hottest interior design trends right now; the patterns, color and emotions they bring give so much energy and character to a space.
Gallery walls are perfect for any space, when looking to incorporate one into your home the first thing you want to do is choose the location. A gallery wall along the walls of stairs creates an elegant and timeless look while practically bringing movement with them.
A living room is a great location to showcase family portraits and incorporate your personality into a space.
If you have a collection of fun landscape images or just funky designs, the dining area is one of the best places to display fun abstract images!
The space above a desk is also a fun place to incorporate color and texture into your area, add a few of your favorite designs to personalize the space! Whatever location you decided on, undoubtedly the addition of a gallery wall will make the space picture perfect!
Deciding on the layout of the photos is one of the biggest decisions to make when creating a gallery wall. This is partially because of the various layouts and patterns you can choose from. If you can’t find anything that speaks to you and you’re feeling like a true DIY king or queen, you can always decide on an original pattern. Take the space your working with and decide how much area you want the gallery wall to take up, if you’re opting for a smaller area try visualizing a more abstract pattern. If you’re wanting the gallery wall to be large, opting for a more symmetrical grid pattern will guide the room. When it comes time to actually hanging the images, we have a few recommendations to make the process a little easier! We recommend laying the frames out in the pattern you want on the floor, taking a photo and tracing the frames onto paper, once you’ve traced the images its easier to tape the paper onto the wall, this can ensure spacing is equal and the photos are laid out like you wanted!
The best part about a gallery wall is incorporating photographs that mean something to you into your daily space. Think of what you want the complete wall to say when its finished. Do you want to showcase your family? Are you wanting pictures that stick with a specific color scheme? Do you have a collection of images from gardens that make you feel peaceful? Or are you wanting to add trendy bright abstract prints? There are so many things to consider when deciding the aesthetic of the gallery wall! If you’re having a hard time choosing a specific style, rules are meant to be broken so never fear mixing elements of all, besides if you’re not satisfied with the outcome switching out pictures in frames is super simple, which means if your style develops over time you can create something new!
A good frame has the ability to tie a photo together, and when creating a gallery wall there are so many options to choose from. When considering frames to incorporate into your gallery wall consider what color and style you want the frames to be. Incorporating frames that are all the same color but vary in design is a great way to add character! Similarly having the same styled design with different colors is a great way to accent the photos with additional colors! Incorporating antique frames can also add definition to the space. Mix up shapes, such as rectangles, squares and circles to really add some spunk to the room! We found this amazing set of 7 Aluminum Gold Photo Frames with Ivory Color Mat & Real Glass for only 38.99$
While a gallery wall is a great place to showcase pictures, we’ve seen plenty of original spins on this classic. Adding some decorative accent pieces is a fun and easy way to transform the wall! Adding symbols, shapes and even words is a great way to create an even more personalized gallery wall! Similarly, adding clocks and signs adds additional layers to the wall. Try incorporating your initials, a favorite quote and just some interesting pieces to create a unique and personalized gallery wall!
Gallery walls are great additions in any home! Personalizing your space with memories, experiences or just things that bring a smile to your face is well worth the time and energy put into creating a gallery wall! Here at Cretin Townsend homes, we strongly believe you will love your new home, and we encourage you to enjoy it and the time you spend decorating it!
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind