Finally! I’m here today to show you our new and improved gallery wall. You may recall that I attempted one a few weeks back and it turned out like this:
Not the results I was after. Unfortunately, I did put a lot of effort into it, too, despite how it looks. I had seen gallery walls with all-white frames before and thought they looked stunning, but for some reason, mine ended up just looking like a hack job. So I took everything down and lived with a bare wall again. Then one day, I gathered art from around the rest of the house, including the two Audubon bird prints that you’ll see (more on those later), and started mixing and matching. Wow! That trick of using a variety of frames really worked. I started to see it come together and got super-excited. Here are a couple of things that made a difference:
- The colors of my DIY abstract art were distracting from the group as a whole so I edited that one.
- When I mixed my vintage $2 Audubon prints with more modern watercolors and even photography, it achieved the look I wanted. I’ve always known I liked a mix of vintage and modern pieces, but haven’t always known how to achieve that. Take my bird prints, for example…I’ve loved them forever and have hung them in various places around the house but have never been totally happy with their placement. Now I know it’s because on their own, they look too vintage for me. Mixing them with more modern art freshens them up and increases their chic-ness.
- A little dimension goes a long way. I added one picture ledge and propped an owl on it and the whole grouping popped.
- The pieces on my gallery wall share a common theme: a lot of them have to do with nature. This wasn’t intentional, but as I started to collect pieces from around the house, I noticed it. I don’t think gallery walls have to share a theme, but it helped me keep the look cohesive.
- Adding in meaningful pieces made a huge difference. Although I liked the picture of the bowls, for example, it was easy to edit that one out because it meant nothing to me. Now, every piece on the wall tells a story. The OH-IO sign shows our love for the Buckeye state; the wood slice chalkboard shows the year we got married; the little number 4 on the shelf represents our family’s size; the small watercolor at the top is the view from Rosy Mound in Grand Haven, Michigan; the watercolor of books show my love of reading; the nature photography was taken on family hikes and we purchased one at an art fair in Bowling Green, where I lived right after college; and the yarn art…well, it says it all.
- Hanging the pictures all the way up to the ceiling also made the whole thing look more professional, I think.
Here are a couple more views of my now beloved gallery wall.