This post was originally done for a guest series over Beth’s blog,
but I thought I’d share it here as well, for any readers who missed out, the first time around 🙂
Today we’re talkin’ about:
I have to be honest. I had seen lots of variations of Gallery Walls before, and never thought twice about their actual assembly, until WE had to put one together! These bad boys are NO easy task. If you think you can dive in head first, without thinking about placement, colors, and frame sizes… then you might be in for a bit of a surprise.
Are you going for an eclectic look, that consists of vintage frames and repurposed goods? Or are you looking for a more organized streamline display?
Using paper templates are an easy way to layout your gallery wall again and again, until you can come up with the PERFECT overall shape, style and layout that you’re going for. Once all your paper templates are in place, you can easily nail up your frames with virtually zero mistakes or guess work!
This has GOT to be the best part of the whole process 🙂
Whether it’s personal photos, monograms, words, prints, small decor, mirrors, or more! There are so many ways to go about personalizing and decorating your gallery space. And once you have the basic layout down, you are free to play with lots of different options.
The first thing I did before I started adding things to my gallery, was to look around my home and figure out what direction I wanted to go, as far as color was concerned.
A few things to think about when displaying personal PHOTOS on a Gallery Wall:
* Think about placement. Will your poses and camera angles fit into your frames well?
* Does the backdrop of your photos give you the “look” you are going for?
* Is your family’s clothing cohesive with the rest of your homes decor?
* Do you plan on using individual shots of your family members, couple photos, candid photos?
I promise you, that if you think about these things BEFORE your shoot, and maybe even jot them down, then you will feel like you have some sort of purpose at your next family photo session. I think that your photographer will also appreciate the fact that you have a vision of what you’re trying to achieve with your soon-to-be printed photos, as well! PLUS, it forces you to actually plan on how you’re going to DISPLAY those beautiful photos, that you spent all that money on, and so much time preparing for!
Gallery style displays are quickly becoming one of the best ways to fill those large, usually hard-to-decorate walls in your home. They are also proving to be one of the easiest ways to add the MOST personality to your space as well, with endless possibilities when adding decor!
With a little imagination, a bit of planning, and a bunch of great frames that fit your style…
YOUR next Gallery Wall can and WILL turn into a beautiful, well laid out show stopper!