It’s no secret that I love a good gallery wall, I mean I have several already in my home. Our office is probably my favorite gallery wall with a vintage, traditional feel. Adjacent to our office is the entryway with a more modern, personal touch. I added family photos with large white mats.
Did you know these two gallery walls are right by each other in my home? They work because they are two completely different types of gallery walls and have complimentary colors that play off each other.
Our upstairs hallway has a semi-large wall that has been bare for almost a year. It’s located between Avery and Addison’s room and a wall I walk by multiple times a day. You know me, I take a space and think about it for weeks before I make any sort of decision on design. These are the types of thinks I lose sleep over.
I thought and researched and pinned like crazy before I realized that this wall needed photos. Photos of us. Duh! I had my aha moment and began researching gallery wall and frame options. I’ve used Framebridge in the past to frame an individual image, but was surprised to discover that they offer complete gallery wall packages. I chose The Staggered Grid gallery wall because I love the mix of silver and gold tones, plus the dimensions were perfect for this hallway space. Framebridge was so kind to work with me on this gallery wall; however, the following review is completely my own thoughts and opinions. You can view my full disclosure here.
Here are 3 tips for creating your own gallery wall.
1. Decide what you want to frame
The first step to creating a perfect gallery wall is to decide what you want to frame. Is it personal photos? Art like my office? An object? For our hallway, I decided on family photos from the past 6 years. I converted them all to black and white for a more cohesive feel as we will eventually add more photos and frames to the other side of the hallway. If you decide to use your own family photos, I recommend adding the same filter to all your photos to make a cohesive gallery wall. Framebridge made it so easy! I just uploaded the photos to their website, dragged and dropped them into the gallery frames and Framebridge took care of the printing for me. I designed this gallery wall in under 10 minutes. Easy peasy!
2. Mix Frame Sizes, Tones and Textures
I love that The Staggered Grid gallery wall already has all the frame sizes and colors selected for you, making it so easy to re-create this gallery wall. Having different frame sizes is crucial for a gallery wall. It adds interest and keeps your eye moving from frame to frame. Whatever colors you chose, select at least two frames in the same color for a cohesive look.
3. Frame Height
There is no right or wrong height to hand a gallery wall. Ideally, you want to hang your gallery wall at eye level so that you’re not looking down or up at your work of art. Framebridge supplied a template for easy hanging. We taped it to the wall and honestly, I eyeballed the height. Because our gallery wall is so tall, I picked the center point to be slightly below eye level.
I’m so in love with our new gallery wall and get all teary eyed every time I walk by. Reminiscing of times when Nate and I were just engaged, when Auden was a baby, Alder and now Addison during the newborn phase. So many good times and memories. I can’t wait to add to the other hallway walls as the kids grow older.
What are your tips for hanging a gallery wall? Have you used Framebridge before? Comment below and tell me all the details!
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