Friday, May 27, 2011

Gallery Wall Remix

One of my favorite things about our new apartment is the gallery wall above our long two-person desk.  I love staring at it while sitting at the computer and reminiscing about the photographs or post cards or art we've hung up. Sometimes I found myself walking into the office just to look.

BEFORE

Lately, though, we've been accumulating some new pieces of art we wanted to add to the wall.  We initially hung everything thinking we'd just add onto it as we wanted, however most of our new pieces are larger and would look funky added on top or to the side of the gallery wall...they needed to be incorporated well. That last sentence may have been thought inside my head and not shared with my husband...which might explain the shock and surprise from John.

While John was in class I took everything off the wall and laid it all out on the floor....he was pretty taken back when he came home and couldn't walk into the office. As he realized he'd have to rehang everything, he looked pretty glum.


Our office looked like this for several weeks as we gained the energy to tackle the wall.


 We finally tackled the daunting task a few weeks ago and once again have a fabulous gallery wall (with the help of Layla-Butt, of course).


 Our goal was to bring some more color to the wall so the pictures were the focus instead of the mismatched frames.

AFTER

We did this by incorporating a few bold colors (like the robins egg, pink, and yellow) throughout the new art pieces.  Notice our LOVE painting is the same color as the frames that are in each section of the wall. We also placed the sunset in the lower center with a flower of the same color in the upper center to bring focus to those colors.


As we were collecting art and pictures to hang up, we got creative with the frames by making some of our own out of styrofoam (you can read about that here, here, and here) and cardboard.  Can you see the handmade frames?


 We are in love with our remixed gallery wall.  The large scale of the gallery adds more interest than before (which helps because our office is pretty bare) and the pops of color help balance out the large white desk we made and the large brown bookshelf that also resides in the room.

I'm so glad I got over my initial fear of creating a gallery wall - now we have a place for all of our fun art and pictures and nothing is hiding under the bed or couches due to no wall space.

6 comments:

Mrs. Zwieg said...

I LOVE this idea! How cute! We JUST moved to a new place and I may have to try this out with our decor somewhere...

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Jacqueline said...

I heart your gallery wall! Love all the fun colors you used and you did a great job in how you placed them all together. I'd love for you to share this at my party :o)

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Ches said...

Your gallery wall looks great and the colors are awesome. Hope you stop by and check out my new gallery wall.

http://timetobeefocused.blogspot.com/2011/05/gallery-wall-is-up.html

Radhika said...

Looks fabulous! Love the pops of turqouise!

Lindsay said...

I love this! Looks like something Design Sponge would feature! You should submit your before and after

XO Lindsay @ Delighted Momma

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

Loving all the gallery walls around blogland! Yours is super cute! :)

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