I’ve always loved gallery walls. There is just something about that eclectic mix of favourite photographs…new and old memories put on display. When we moved into our home we knew immediately that is what we needed to add some character and life into our boring front entrance.
We decided on black frames with black and white photographs to lend it a timeless feel.
We already had quite a few black frames laying around, so we used what we had and then purchased the rest at Ikea. We wanted to make sure we used a mix of of sizes, shapes and finishes to give the overall look a collected feel.
You can be as creative as you want with this project! Choose frames in bold colours or display brightly coloured artwork or favourite objects and mementos. A favourite trick of mine is scouring yard sales and flea markets for old picture and mirror frames, spray paint in a glossy finish and fit with new glass (if necessary) and voila! You’ve got an interesting, one-of-a-kind find!
Once we had all of our frames selected, we traced each picture frame on a piece of bristol board (you can also use newspaper, but we wanted something a little sturdier). Remember to number the paper and the corresponding frame to keep track of each one as you go.
Next we began arranging and re-arranging the bristol board on the wall. We used painter’s tape so that we didn’t damage the paint throughout the process. It’s helpful to start with the larger frames, and place the smaller ones around them. Once you are happy with the layout, remove the bristol board pieces one at a time and replace with your picture frames.
It took us quite a few tries to get it to look exactly the way we wanted, but we are so happy with the end result. We ended up throwing in a couple of white frames to mix things up!
Check out this step-by-step guide by House and Home.