I have been wanting to get some things hung on the walls of my bedroom / closet for the past several months. It was to the point that the bare walls were really driving me nuts.
So, fortunately when I was at T.J. Maxx last week with my mom, I noticed their sizable selection of frames. I have a fairly large, blank wall space above the dresser in my closet that I envisioned as an ideal place for a gallery wall. I knew that I needed a few smaller frames and was able to find a few options that might work. Without thinking too much about it, I picked out six frames that fit my color and texture palette for the room and checked out. I figured I could return anything that didn’t work.
Today, armed with my new frames, plus some old ones and a mirror I bought a while back, I was ready to tackle this blank wall.
Now I know there are many ways to create a successful gallery-style wall. I decided to abandon those tried-and true techniques and just go for it. However, there was a little method to my madness. Let me show you what I did.
First, I came up with a rough scheme for the frames. Gold-y/Copper-y metallics (based), whites, and woods. Next, before I started hanging things on the wall, I laid out all of the frames on the floor.
I had a sizable collection to choose from, so I just played around until I found a design I liked. For this particular wall, I wanted something that looked very collected and mismatched. Different shapes and textures are great for creating this type of look. I also decided to include a woven wall hanging I picked up in California.
Once I had a good layout, I started to hang things on the wall. I began with the large mirror and worked from there. Since things didn’t need to be perfectly spaced, I honestly didn’t do too much measuring. I just figured out where things would go by looking. I did need to move two things, so I’ll need to touch up two holes. Not too bad.
You’ll also notice that the final layout of things changed, too. Clearly I measured wrong and ran out of space. Oops! However, I’m truly glad this happened since this layout looks so much better.
With a little styling on my dresser to tie everything together, my new gallery wall is complete!
Now, I will say one thing: 90% of the art and photographs will be changed. It totally works the way it is, but I want to inject a bit more color. The goal was to get the frames on the wall. Now I can go back and fill in with the prints and photos I want.
I would have left the frames empty, but I’ve learned from experience that it’s no fun to see my empty frames when they are shared on social media.
The goal with this wall is to keep things light and fun. For example this tattooed muscle man print will stay and represents how I want this wall to look. A bit more quirky and colorful.
But I figured one step in the desired direction is better than no steps. Right?
That wraps up another project. What do you think of my new gallery wall? Have you tried one in your space yet?