Gallery styling a wall can seem intimidating but there are a few easy steps that will get you on your way from a blank wall space to an inviting area that displays some of your pretties.
I see Gallery Styling as a way to display some of your favorite pieces from around the house or items that represent you and your family all in one space. It serves a purpose and a good one at that!
Speaking of.. this picture, for instance, is from your's truly. We recently painted the kitchen and dining room but needed something to break up the blue walls and brighten the space. I purchased these prints from a second hand sale. I instantly fell in love with the dried, pressed plants and knew I needed them. Didn't have a place picked out for them but I knew they'd eventually fit in quite nicely. Let's not forget that cute little pineapple chair in the corner. Once again, found it second hand and instantly fell in love! Didn't need it but she was coming home with me regardless. This has become my little happy spot.
Let's talk about these steps to get you started..
Step 1) Go your own way! This seems like a no-brainer but so many people get caught up in matching frames, mats and themes that they stall the process before they even get started. If you like things to match then style your wall that way or if you are electic and like different patterns, shapes and textures then go that route. Do you, friend!
Step 2) Pick your space. If you haven't already, pick the wall space and figure out how much real estate you have to work with. Once again, it's your space so pick the area where you will be happiest. Is it in your living room behind the couch? Near the fireplace? That little nook under the stairs? Or even going up the staircase? Is it in your dining room? Bedroom? You get my drift. It's wherever YOU want it to be.
Step 3) Gather your goodies. Whether you shop for them at a store or around your house, pick the items you want to display.
Step 4) Be an artist. Not really but this is a good time to sit in front of your area and visually think about how you'd like to display the items. You can start from the center and work from there or you can offset. What feels right to you? If I'm working with varying shapes and textures, I will do a quick drawing, (Kindergarden level, folks), just to visualize the space.
Step 5) Start hanging those pretties! Step four can go on for a bit because you may switch out items or have a few varying ways to display the pretties. Take your time and map it out until you are happy. Once you've got it figured out, then start hanging.
Step 6) Enjoy your work. Once you're finished, sit back and enjoy your hard work with family and friends.
These steps seem simple but it's so important to emphasize that this is your space. Your domain. Be happy with it!
Here are a few of my favorites from around the web. If you like a particular photo, be sure to click on the image and it will direct you to their tips and tricks to gallery styling. Some of them are a bit more technical and may help you figure out your style.