Those familiar with the blog Young House Love are likely familiar with their amazing (and oft-pinned) gallery wall.
I’ve loved the idea of a gallery wall ever since I first saw it on YHL, and after stumbling across a major frame sale at Home Outfitters (I didn’t pay more than $4 for a single frame, and they’re nice frames!) I decided it was time to make my own!
As we live in a fairly small apartment (it’s a good size for an apartment, but small compared to a house), I decided to do a fairly small gallery wall over our futon/couch in the living room, rather than taking over an entire wall like they did on YHL. I was a bit daunted at first by the idea of using newspaper to mark where each frame would go (see the tutorial over on YHL, linked above), as I’m a lefty and I hate cutting things – but once I realized that I only actually had 3 different sizes of frames, I also realized that that meant I could simply stack a bunch of newspaper and cut a bunch at once. All in all, it only took me about 10 minutes to cut all the newspaper I needed to size and mark the nail spot.
Here’s a photo play-by-play of the gallery wall construction. For detailed instructions on the actual technique of using newspaper to mark out frames – check out the link about to YHL (no point in reinventing the wheel here!):
Assembling the frames and choosing pictures:
Figuring out a rough layout:
Using the newspaper to transfer the layout to the wall and make sure I like it:
Adding the frames:
The finished product!
I’m really happy with how it turned out. It adds some nice colour to the room, fills the wall nicely (we have very high ceilings, so this can be a challenge), and has a nice mix of art we like and items with sentimental value.
Here’s a close up on a few items I included: