Last August we moved into our apartment, and I had been thinking about the move for a few weeks before the big day. I was nervous about how to fill an apartment with furniture, colours and artwork that accurately reflected my own and Marc’s personalities. I wanted the space to convey our love and appreciation for travel, culture and traditional styles, so for me a gallery wall was a logical way to do this.
First, I had to imagine what I wanted to appear on the wall. I decided that the images should be from our honeymoon where we travelled to Hawaii, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It was the longest trip we ever took as a couple in total around a month and neither one of us had ever been to any of those places before. It was a unique experience to travel with Marc and discover new places as a couple. The significance of that trip made me want to feature images taken during our travels on our living rooms gallery wall.
Overall our living room dining room and kitchen space are light and airy. We have high ceilings and although our furniture and cabinets are dark stained or reddish warm tone stained the grey colour we chose for the walls and lighter countertops/ floors as well as our light grey upholstered couch give the space a cool feel. I wanted to maintain the cool and light feel in the living room so I decided the gallery wall images should be black-and-white with very simple frames. I proceeded to pour over images from our honeymoon that I wanted to include on the wall, and finally I decided that a few of the images should include us while other images should be more artistic showcasing the landscapes we encountered on our travels. Finally another element that went into the gallery wall included images of our dogs Maddie and Evie. Our girls mean everything to us and I wanted to prominently feature my favourite photos of them on our gallery wall. Like our travel pictures from our honeymoon the pictures of Maddy and Evie were converted to black-and-white.
Because my pups are tiny chihuahuas I wanted to print and include small images of them. While arranging and installing the gallery wall might seem like the most difficult aspect of creating a gallery wall I found selecting which photos I wanted to include to be the bigger challenge. I am a very visual person so deciding how I wanted the picture frames to be laid out was fairly simple. First I thought about what size frames I needed, because I find that what makes a gallery wall interesting is the variation between sizes of frames and images. I wanted one large frame at the centre with several medium size frames and a combination of different types of small frames to surround it. In addition I had to decide which photos I was going to include that were oriented in landscape or portrait. Armed with some scrap paper and a pencil I began sketching out rectangles on a page. I did a lot of searching on Pinterest to get inspiration for this part too. Finally, I converted each photo I selected into black-and-white using Photoshop and I sent the JPEG’s to Costco for photo printing.
We went to the dollar store and purchased frames to fit our photos, and I was really excited to get home and assemble the frames with the photos we received from Costco. I laid out all of the frames on her bed into the configuration that I had sketched out on scrap paper, and using photo framing hooks we got at Dollarama we measured the height at which we wanted our largest photo to appear on the wall. Next, we measured the approximate centre of the wall from side to side. With our centre frame placed we decided to measure out from its sides to decide the distance we wanted The frames at its sides to be. To ensure that the hook we framed the photos by was placed exactly where we wanted the frame we used a hack I found on Pinterest. I had seen this hack years ago and had always been curious to know if it really worked. When framing place a small dab of toothpaste on the hook or on the back of the frame, then place the frame exactly on the wall where you want it to appear being sure to only press down on the part of the frame with the toothpaste when you were exactly sure that the frame is where you wanted to be. When you pull the frame back the dab of toothpaste will have transferred onto the wall and you’ll know exactly where you should place your hook for hanging. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this hack really does work. And it’ll be the way that I tell people to hang frames from now on.Using this method the gallery wall was completed quickly, and I actually felt the inspiration to hang a few more things I’ve always wanted to hang up. I’m super proud of how the gallery wall turned out and when you walk into our apartment it very prominently features some of my favourite photos.
What do you think of the gallery wall?
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