Here’s how I created a gallery wall with thrifted frames in my moody dining room
Painting the dining room completely black from floor to ceiling is a decision I have zero regrets about. It’s like a moody cocoon. A sophisticated cocoon. I had a plan to create a gallery wall on these two walls. Aside from the thermostat and 3 gold frames, it was pretty empty.
Before you start on a gallery wall or hanging any photos, you will need these items. These are my go-to supplies and I use them every time I hang anything up in my home or client spaces.
- picture hanging hooks (These can hold up to 30 lbs and all you need is a hammer. It goes directly into the drywall and no anchor is needed.)
- measuring tape
- laser level
Months ago, I set out to buy and collect some thrifted frames. I had some on hand since I am a lover of vintage frames. I wanted to create a curated collection of different colors and styles to create an eclectic and interesting design. You’ll want to mix sizes and shapes too.
Sorry, this post isn’t about how to design a gallery wall because I just eyeballed the whole thing and didn’t really have a method. If you are afraid of making holes in your walls, this is my gentle way of saying just do it! They are just holes and you know, spackle kits do exist.
Gallery walls are a wonderful way to hang up beautiful art, family photos, and your kids’ treasured masterpieces. I hung up Emmy’s beautiful portrait drawing and filled our walls with travels from Italy. An artist family friend gifted us an oil painting as a wedding gift and I’ve hung it up in different rooms in our home. It finally feels right in this space.
Once I finished hanging these all up, I couldn’t decide between a picture light or just going all the way up to the ceiling and adding more frames. I couldn’t find any battery-powered picture lights I absolutely loved so I decided to go ahead and use up the rest of my thrifted frames. I almost ordered this gold picture light and think it’s a great deal if you’re looking for something similar.
I’m so glad I went all the way up! Can you spot my thermostat?
It feels like an art gallery but it’s filled with personal pieces that remind us of the people and places we love.
I’m so thrilled with how this turned out. I love coming in here and looking at all the photos, art, and pieces that evoke special memories. I saved the whole process in my IG stories and they are saved in my highlights with more added tips.
What do you think of my gallery wall?
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
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