Anyway, I have been wanting to put up some pictures since we moved into our house. I used to just hang a few pictures up haphazardly on the wall wherever I felt like putting them, but then I started looking at house decorating blogs whenever we found out we'd be buying our own house. I saw a lot of people putting up gallery walls. The first time I saw them, I thought I would never want to make one because they all looked very cluttered! Then, I starting seeing gallery walls with all black frames, or all white frames, which looked a little more unified. I still wasn't sure about the whole gallery thing but then I saw this particular one on the blog Being Brook:
Do you see the wall just left of that art niche? That is where I decided to put up a gallery of black and white photos. We already happened to have a bunch of black frames, and I bought some more at Ross. They have great prices on frames if you are willing to spend 5 years taking off the gummy residue left from the price stickers which are so thoughtfully stuck right on the glass.
I searched through all our pictures on the computer and made a folder of our favorites. We already had a lot that were in black and white; any that were in color, I changed to b&w using Picnik.com (a free online photo editing program).
Here are some of my favorites:
From the same garden. This lamppost reminds me of Narnia.
These stepping stones are from the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco.
Choosing the photos to put on the wall definitely took forever and a day! I ordered the prints from Walmart.com, because they have great prices and fast shipping.
Next I laid out all the frames on the floor to figure out the arrangement, using the picture of the gallery wall I printed out from "Being Brook" as a guide.
I took an idea from Young House Love and cut out pieces of paper the size of each frame. I numbered each piece of paper and put a sticky note with the number on the corresponding frame. Then, I taped all the pieces of paper on to the wall. I measured to figure out where to put each nail and then nailed right through the paper.
Then, it was easy to just pull off the paper and hang the frame. Here it is halfway finished:
And here it is, finished:
It took a lot of time and planning to make this gallery wall, but I think it's so worth it! I just love how it turned out! I was worried that having all black and white photos would end up too cold and stark, but it's not cold at all (rather elegant, actually), especially because we have a lot of other color in the room (such as blue couches). It warms up the room a lot more than having a plain blank wall.
What do you think?
Do you have a gallery wall?