I have every intention of showing you around the upstairs of my house. I’ve made some progress in my guest room and my bathroom, so I’m excited to share that with you. However, right now my second floor looks like a gift-wrapping bomb went off. We will get there one of these days, even if it’s after Christmas. I promise. In the meantime, would you settle for a look at my upstairs hallway?
A couple years ago I created these super inexpensive DIY picture ledges for a wall in the hallway. (Tutorial can be found here.) While they looked great when I hung them, as months passed and things got moved around, they started looking a little lame. They sort of became a catch-all for random frames and pictures I had around the house.
Frustrated with this area, I finally decided to take action. My plan was to create a gallery wall using the ledges to hold frames. I wanted to stick with mostly framed prints / photographs and maybe toss in a couple small objects.
With this in mind, I knew I needed some new things to fill my frames, so I headed over to Minted to check out their huge artwork section. And by huge, I mean ginormous. I was actually a bit overwhelmed at first. As you know, I love so many things, so choosing was harder than I anticipated. To make the task manageable, I had to limit myself.
Since I love being near the ocean, I decided to create a mini beach-inspired getaway in my hallway. That meant I’d stick with art that reminded me of the water. I’d also limit my color palette: white, greens, blues, and obviously a touch of gold.
What felt overwhelming quickly became easy and fun! I just used the tools on the Minted site to narrow my search (You can do so by color and theme.) and voila! I had a collection of prints I was both excited about and inspired by.
And just like that, my picture ledges were back to looking company-ready! And, because these prints were purchased specifically for this space, I won’t be moving them around to other areas of the house anytime soon.
Since the holidays are here, I added stockings, pine, and Christmas ornaments to give things a festive touch.
Now, every time I walk into this hallway, I feel relaxed instead of stressed. It also makes me want to plan my next vacation pronto! And that my friends is exactly what art should do.
Now, I know that’s not my entire upstairs, but at least it’s a sneak peek. I just wanted to give you something to look forward to. Ha!
As always, I would love to know what you think of my updated picture ledges.
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