But before we get started, a little gallery wall Pinspiration!
Personally, I prefer gallery walls that display photographs, but I DO love this wall with square frames, large mats, and white color scheme. Especially the square frames!!
I'm not sure what it is about it, but I'm in kind of in love with the white deer head and touch of yellow on this one. It just looks so bold and cool.
I love how they incorporated aqua into the pictures and accessories surrounding this gallery wall. I also love how their framed wall thermostat becomes almost invisible. Another great reason to make a gallery wall--to disguise an unsightly or poorly placed thermostat.
This one is so gorgeous. The mixture of black and white mats keeps your eye moving and makes for a really interesting display.
What a fabulous idea to use picture ledges! This allows you to layer the frames and incorporate other objects into your gallery wall.
And finally, for my favorite gallery wall OF THEM ALL....
(Lovestruck sigh). The black and white photography. The frameless canvas prints. The sheer size of those pictures! I have huge plans for something like this....some day, once we have kids. Because to blow up pictures of anyone else to that size would just be creepy.
Browsing all of the inspiration photos really helped me develop a vision of what I was looking for in our gallery wall:
-Black and white photography
-Mix between hanging frames and frames/objects perched on shelves
-A unifying color for all of the frames (although wouldn't an ombre gallery wall be AMAZING?!)
-Asymmetrical pattern on the wall, yet one that keeps the eye moving
-Fill the space without looking cluttered
2. Search For Materials
Once I had an idea of what I wanted, I began the search for frames. Ultimately I decided that I wanted all of our frames to have a consistent shape, but I think a gallery wall created with mismatched frames painted one unifying color could be great! I think I just wanted some consistency in the shape of our frames, because I didn't necessarily want consistency or symmetry in the way we hung them (if that makes any sense?) It made sense to me!
I ended up buying all of our frames and floating shelves at Kohl's. I bought a set of seven black frame/white mat frames in assorted sizes (no longer available), two black 8x8 frames that were also matted in white (available here), and a set of three floating shelves in assorted sizes (available here). While I can't remember exactly what I paid for my materials, I CAN assure you that I took advantage of Kohl's amazing sales to get them for heavily reduced prices. I'm pretty sure there was also some Kohl's Cash involved, so my supplies were super affordable!
3. Design an Arrangement
Once I had my materials, I was FINALLY ready to get started. Similar to my plate wall, the first thing I did was use some paper to cut out templates of all of my frames and shelves. Butcher paper would have been an excellent choice of material, however I didn't have any, so I ended up taping together several pieces of printer paper to achieve exact-sized templates of my frames and shelves (I wouldn't recommend this method, it took forever and used every last piece of printer paper we owned). I also made sure to label each template, so I knew what it was once it was up on the wall.
But of course we had to 'live with it' for a few weeks, just to make sure that the arrangement was what we wanted before we started drilling screws in the walls.