Our apartment gallery wall is finally complete and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It is amazing how much some creativity on the wall can spruce up a place. Our apartment is cute and cozy, but having statement pieces above our couch makes the atmosphere personalized and our own. We’ve been collecting frames and prints for what seems like forever and to have it all displayed is a major accomplishment for this perfectionist.
I was surprised by how much I learned about myself in this process of creating our apartment gallery wall. Besides being a slow decision maker and nailing way too many holes in the wall, I realized that sometimes I need to stop thinking and just execute. You see, I have a bad syndrome of unfinished projects. Doing something wrong or not the best of the best plagues me with fear and inaction. It seems so silly to be worked up over a gallery wall, but the precise sizing and spacing made for the perfect storm. Thankfully I have a loving and convicting husband who encouraged me to get over it and just hang the frames up already (in the nicest way possible, of course).
If you are working on a gallery wall or thinking about creating one for yourself, here are some of my best tips. But above all else, make it your own and leave your perfectionism behind!
Mix & Match
The overall vision for our apartment gallery wall was to represent our love for the outdoors, adventure and the simple things in life. As we collected different pieces, I tried to keep some consistency while mixing and matching patterns, colors and textures. I was tempted to go with all the same style, but decided to add some charm and character by mixing and matching prints and frames. Now that it is up on the wall, I am so glad there is variety.
Think Outside the Box
One of my favorite parts of our gallery wall is the shelf with special mementos. It may be slightly unconventional for a display of prints, but it adds a whole lot of dimension and life to the whole wall. Our shelf is from Ikea and we adorned it with one of our favorite small frames and a letter G from Oh Simple Joys. Make your wall unique even if it is somewhat outside of the box!
Map it Out
When it came to the installation of our wall, I arranged and rearranged every piece on the floor at least three dozen times. To make this process easier, I also cut brown paper bags into the shape and size of each frame. When I had an arrangement I was fond of, I put all of the cut out bags on the wall to see how it would look. Once I made a final decision, we took the cut outs down one by one as we replaced them with the actual frames. This was a huge help with spacing and location. Play around with different arrangements, come back to it in a few days with fresh eyes and use cut outs for the best results.
Do you have a gallery wall in your home? How do you control perfection when it comes to tedious and detailed projects? Share below and let’s start a conversation!