Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stairway Gallery Wall

It is times like these that I really wish I wasn't so particular. I have been arranging and rearranging picture frames on the floor on and off for a few months now. My husband thinks I'm nuts!

I have wondered what to put on the wall leading up the staircase since we moved into our house. It is huge and bare. Gallery walls have been around forever and have become especially popular over the past few years. A couple years ago I was not a fan of the sporadic arrangements, but they have grown on me (or maybe I have just given in and don't want to worry about this wall any longer). No, they really have grown on me.

Here are some of my inspiration pictures:



Photo via Emily A. Clark Blog
Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

This may be a bit surprising to some of you, but I tend to be more of a minimalist when it comes to decorating. I do not like a lot of clutter or too many knick-knacks, so getting this collage of pictures and art to look good w/o being too busy has been a bit of a challenge. I'm also not crazy about displaying personal photographs all over my house (I'm strange, I know), which brings the second challenge - what to display on this gallery wall?

This is how the torture process began: I started by brainstorming with Jett about what items we would want to display. I wanted this wall to have at least some personal meaning. This helped a little in deciding what frames I would need, but for the most part I just purchased a variety of plain frames that were cheap and on sale. I decided I wanted to use all black frames in order to give the chaos arrangement a cohesive look and feel. Several of the frames that I found for really cheap were not black, so I spray painted them (I love spray painting). Then the madness floor arranging began.


I got so frustrated I picked everything up and started over in a new room (Man, my husband is so lucky).

In an attempt to protect our wall, I traced the frames onto poster board and placed the cutouts on the wall before actually adding nails.Yes, we ran out of poster board and used newspaper.



Onto challenge #3 - Sloped wall. I was afraid the sloping of the wall would be an issue, but I pretended hoped we could ignore it. As you can see in the first picture (w/ the hubby) there is still a huge piece of the wall that is bare. ugh

We are going to try again and work with the slope of the wall and place the frames more sporadically. I think I have been too strategic about this whole thing. Have any of you tried this before?

Wish me luck; or actually wish my poor, patient husband luck ;)

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