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Gallery Wall

by Chris on September 9, 2012

I’ve been working on some revamps in our mudroom. You know how I love my neutrals, but it was starting to look a little bland. Family pictures all over the house just aren’t my thing. I’d rather have a conversation piece as opposed to clutterey picture frames everywhere. Make sense? Probably not.

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The space started like this. If you’ll notice, I taped off where the corner boot bench will go. I wanted to see how high it would be on the wall, so I could plan my gallery accordingly. And yes…the boot bench is still made out of tape at this point.

corner bootbench

I made a trip to Ikea (because you can NOT beat their prices on frames) and stocked up on a bunch of various sizes and depths. Using a roll of craft paper, I laid them all out and made templates of each frame. This way I could move them around into different positions without commitment issues.

Ikea frame collage

And then it got fun. Or overwhelming. Depends how you look at it. The trick was sizing (have to have some large frames or it looks too cluttered) and shape (implementing round and oval frames keeps it from looking too edgy).  how to hang a gallery wall

While I used a bunch of the Ikea frames, I made sure to use some black and touches of gold and silver to add different tones. Basically, I wanted to unite the colors from the surrounding rooms since the mudroom is open to them.

how to create a gallery wall

And now for the final product. Ba…Bam.

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No joke—I’m in love. All the pictures are such great memories of wonderful moments in our lives, and it allowed me to bring out some items that I’ve been wanting to display.

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Soooo the boot bench hasn’t happened just yet, but at least the surrounding decor has.  Woo Hoo!

corner gallery wall



Andrea Worley September 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

lovely! love this simple gallery wall. proves you don’t have to have an overwhelming space to do a gallery wall in. :)

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista September 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm

It is perfect! Just love it!

Teresa September 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I absolutely LOVE this Gallery Wall! It is really neat! Thanks for the quick tutorial on how you did it. I want to do something similar in my home sometime soon, whenever I can get my hubby to help! :0)

I love your blog. I found it on Pinterest and have really enjoyed looking at your GORGEOUS home and all your beautiful projects on many occasions! Thanks so much for sharing with us.


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Claudine September 10, 2012 at 12:10 am

It totally makes sense! I also don’t like to have pictures all over the house! I think your corners is fun! I am so glad you are not afraid to mix the styles, I would never have thought of putting white, and black and gold and silver together. I would stick with only two colours max. I am kind of a style chicken, HAHAHAHAHAHA! Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda@limeinthe coconut September 10, 2012 at 6:21 am

Nice, Chris….Glad the pup is on the mend!

Shannon Dew September 10, 2012 at 6:47 am

I absolutely LOVE this! Great job! I really need to get the hang of this gallery wall thing b/c I just think it’s so fun!

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I was nervous, but now I LOVE it! Go for it, Shannon!

Pam September 10, 2012 at 7:23 am

Beautiful gallery wall, I have been selecting my frames and pictures for the past few months.
But today I’m going back for the ROUND MIRROR I saw at the thrift store Saturday, because now I know just where I can use it. Love it thanks for the inspiration. (hope its still there)

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm

There ya go! Glad I could help. :)

Kim @ Plumberry Pie September 10, 2012 at 7:57 am

well done! I love that you have a framed letter too, very cool. just the perfect balance of shapes and color. and my favorite part is the bench;). that’s how i live surrounded with half done projects, so it makes me feel better.

Julie @ PushingTwigs September 10, 2012 at 8:15 am

It looks awesome. I’m working on a gallery wall, too, and now I can finish it…what a great idea with the paper! I have a roll I can use – maybe I can finally get it done!

ToTheMoonandBack September 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

Perfect! I love it! Boot bench, no boot bench, Nemesis and all;)

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle September 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

I love a good gallery wall, and yours is no exception! Great elements, great combination and it is obvious that it has great meaning behind it, which is what makes it so interesting!


Steph September 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

Love it! I have been reading for quite a long time but never really commented which I decided was rather rude. You’re house is totally gorgeous and your family is the cutest. I’ve always wanted to do a gallery but never really knew how to start and was afraid of the cost, I guess IKEA is a great idea to keep the expenses down and it turned out really cute. I have to ask the question… how is Maximus?

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Wow! Thank you, Steph! I’m so glad you broke your silence. :) You can go even cheaper by shopping for consignment frames, but I just wasn’t in the mood to paint them all. Ikea it was. :) AS for Maximus, he’s staring at me and drooling on the carpet as I type this. Think he’s gonna make it! :)

Kimberly September 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

Great gallery wall! I do have to say, though, that I was a little worried when I saw that picture of you kissing your muddy husband. At first glance it looked like you were kissing a black man and I had a mini freak out, because your husband is white and why are you kissing this other man? Then I decided that you must have a sister that looks like you, because you would have mentioned that you were divorced and in a new relationship. Yes it had to be a sister, but no I am sure you would have mentioned a sister that looked so much like you. Then after my 15 second what-is-the-world-coming-to-because-my-friend-that-doesnt-actually-know-me-didnt-tell-me-that-she-is-no-longer-married-to-her-soulmate meltdown, I realized that it was the picture of you kissing your muddy husband that you had posted a few months ago. Again, all is right with the world.

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life September 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

Love it! It looks great. I have a gallery wall that has a lot of different frames, instead of them all being white or black. It is nice to see someone else take the same approach. It is so great to have all those pictures in one place!

Sara September 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

I love me some gallery walls! Great job!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} September 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

You knocked it out of the ballpark. I LOVE the addition of the gold, silver, and black. What a special corner. Well done, my friend.

Jessica September 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

What a neat little twist on the traditional wall. I love the variety of objects/shapes/etc. I have been wanting to do one, but am intimidated…I know when I do, I’ll use yours a reference. Thanks!

Jill Flory September 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Very cool! I did a gallery wall up our stairway! I posted about it a couple months ago – hard to photograph a stairway I found!

Erin September 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Oh you’re so smart! That would save me a bajillion nail holes in my wall. Looks great! Can’t wait to see the boot bench :)

Dream Mom September 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Wow, it looks great. I would have approached it different, getting the pictures first, getting the frame sizes for it and doing it all one frame color HOWEVER what I love about what you did was that when you picked the different color frames, it made the gallery wall look like it came together over time. I also like the different shapes. Very sophisticated. Love it! I also agree about not having pictures all over the house; I much prefer a gallery wall to that.

Elizabeth September 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

The wall(s) look great. I love the mixture of the oval frames and the different colors. I’ve had the beginning of a collage wall on my dining room floor for nearly a month. You’ve given me some inspiration.

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Well don’t feel bad. Mine certainly didn’t come together over night either!! I can relate to them being on the floor! Good luck!

Sofia September 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

Hi Chris! I am actually in the process of creating a frame feature wall as well. I actually have your same Ikea frames just in Black– can’t wait to have to finished and as pretty as yours is!

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Oooh…I love them in black too! How fun. Good luck, Sofia!!

Jane September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Great wall, but what really caught my eye was your bathroom curtain! Have you shown us that??? I’d like to see more :)

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Ya know, I don’t think I did an actual post on it, Jane! I’ll try to write one up this weekend.

Julia@fyimodularhomes September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I LOVE it! I love the different shapes and textures, using the mirror and clock, etc. Very nice – and I agree – do not like pictures all over the house. I have an area with the start (lame) of a gallery wall. This gives me ideas! Thank you!

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Ha! Good luck finishing it up! You’ll be so glad once it’s done!

Elizabeth@BlueClearSky September 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Love it! Great mix of sizes and frames and I especially like how you used the different colours and shapes.

Chris September 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Thank you, Elizabeth!! I appreciate the comment!

Shannah @ Just Us Four September 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Love the gallery wall. The frames you chose work great in the mix of shapes/sizes.

Judy September 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Adorable!!! LOVE the pic of Maximus ;-). By the way, how is your four legged mascot? Recovering well?

Sandra September 15, 2012 at 8:04 am

Beautiful! I had to comment on the dog bowls in the pic though. I know your dog just suffered through bloat, and as the owner of a German Shepherd, I am well aware of this dreaded condition, as it seems to affect those breeds with deep chests. Anyhow, one of the things that is believed to be a contributing factor is a raised food bowl …. something having to do with gases in the stomach. Just wanted to pass this on to be sure your furry friend is with you a long, long time!!

Chris September 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

Thank you, Sandra! We questioned it too, but our vet said it was better for it to be raised. Who knows, right? I appreciate your comment!

Angie September 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

I LOVE this! What a beautiful job! I am a bit of a picture freak and I have been perusing methods of keeping it classy. You have definitely given me something to think about. Excellent work!

Chris September 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

Awww thanks, Angie! “Methods of keeping it classy”–love that! Good luck!

Kaye September 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

This is brilliant. I love it and I might have to copy it!


Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl September 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Chris, what a great idea to use a small corner. I always felt I had to have a big wall for a gallery collection. This proves that you really don’t!

Classof65 September 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

You’ve done a wonderful job — it’s beautiful! Could you come over to my place in about 6 months and help me do the same thing — now that you’re such an expert I know you’ll do it right! LOL

Chris September 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm

You bet! I’ll be right over. :)

Nellie September 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Really love the touch of black, gold, and definitely the rounds! I’m going to look for rounder pieces to add to my gallery. Thanks for the inspiration.

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