How I Created My Perfect Gallery Wall

Gallery walls can be a timeless element if you do them right. Is mine perfect? No, but it’s perfect for our home.

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Elegant. Interchangeable. Personal.

These were my three goals when creating the gallery wall in our living room.  I always like to have a theme before decorating a space and I think it’s especially important in gallery walls, because they’re hard to design and almost always end up being the focal point of a room.

I sought elegance because my design style is traditional above all else and sometimes I’m put off by how cluttered gallery walls can look . I wanted something that had clean lines and as a whole, looked just as much like a work of art as the actual art it was composed of.

I wanted parts of the gallery to be interchangeable because the rearranging and redecorating struggle is real. Nothing has a safe spot in my home and I prefer not to put a million holes in my wall every time I want to switch out a frame or two. The last goal, personal, was especially important because too many times I’ve decorated a space that looked good, but didn’t have any meaning to my family.  I’ve realized over the years that if something doesn’t have meaning or function, it probably doesn’t have a place in your home.

Okay, so those were my goals.  How did I achieve them?

Elegant:

  • Clean, cohesive frames
  • Reflective elements
  • Adequate spacing

Interchangeable:

  • Picture Ledge Shelves (Found here)
  • Wall Vase

Personal:

  • Non-traditional elements (books, floral, natural pieces)
  • Vintage & Custom art

 

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Deep picture ledges make it easy to replace frames and use non-traditional elements like books, vases, etc.  They also allow you to stack pieces. 

 

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A copy of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and a custom print from Echoes of Mercy make our gallery wall meaningful. 

 

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I adore the antique wall vase because I can change out the floral seasonally. You can bet it will be filled with cotton stems in a few months. 
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A vintage watercolor of Texas bluebonnets, gilded mirror and an open frame bring it all together.

 

We hung our gallery a few months ago and I’m still in love.  I know at any point I can almost completely change it up (which will probably happen when autumn blows in!), but for right now I like it just the way it is.

What do you think? Do you like planning a gallery wall beforehand or going with the flow? Let me know in the comments below or join me sometime on Instagram. Have a great week everyone!

 

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