Jan 29, 2014

A Spontaneous Gallery Wall

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Guys. I'm impressed.
I hate to say it because it sounds really vain, but I impressed myself.


You see, I've dreamed of a gallery wall for some time now.

I'd drool over other's perfectly arranged gallery walls quite often and would just hope that maybe one day I'd be brave enough to attempt my own display.

I know, a little over dramatic, but I'm being 100% honest....
Those gallery walls intimidated the crap out of me!

I never understood the concept of strategically displaying different styles and sizes of wall art, that would all together bring such a wow factor to a room.

And all the gallery wall tutorials (you know, the whole out lining each art piece on paper and then taping each piece of paper to the wall) just seemed like a lot of work to me. Maybe I'm a little lazy.

So when this was the result of a spontaneous urge to just "give it a quick try" and I ended up LOVING it, I was over ecstatic!


The part I'm impressed with the most was my lazy "just go with it" method.

I literally grabbed every piece of wall art from our master bedroom (since we're going to be re-doing that space soon), master bath (already under construction), and some that I already had in the living room.

I then laid them on the floor and spent about 20 minutes re-arranging them as I decided on a layout.

I took a picture of the layout, measured my art (that was still laying on the floor) from left piece to right piece, then measured my wall and marked the sections where the first and last piece should go.

Then I just took piece by piece and started hanging them on the wall, hoping that they would come out just like in the picture.

And they did!





The plates were recently added. I found these for 98 cents a pop at Target and they were the last ones left!










As you can see, thanks to high ceilings, there is still plenty of space left to add more pieces. Something I"m very excited about!





And just for kicks, this is what the wall looked like before my spontaneous gallery wall took center stage:


It was rather boring and I can't believe I lived with this blank wall for so long.

You can see how this living room has come along here.

I also plan on updating on more progress in the next couple of months!

How do you feel about gallery walls? Do you have a favorite method to arranging your pieces? If so, please share!


Here are some of my must haves for when hanging wall art (affiliated links):





19 comments:

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Wow! You did a great job, Selene! I like your method of laying everything out on the floor and measuring it. Whatever works, right? I've also been very intimidated by those gallery walls, but your method looks like something I could try. By the way, I love the California subway art! And sweet Lily looks adorable on that little bench. :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks friend!!
I'm still surprised my lazy method worked out so well!

Madalyn McArthur said...

Great job! Its lovely

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Madalyn!!

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

You put me to shame..Spontaneous. Pft.. It would take me months to put together something like this! It looks awesome:)

Lindze McCarter said...

OH MY GOSH -- we really are long lost sisters! I just did a spontaneous gallery wall in my bedroom two days ago. I'm not kidding! I'll have to share it on the blog soon. My method of gathering was quite similar too. Yours turned out AMAZING by the way! I'm drooling over your white frames with gold corners. :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Laurie!
You are too funny, girl!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Lindze, I'm happy to be your sister because you have fabulous style!
How cool is that? We both did a gallery wall recently? I can't wait to see yours!! And the gold frames, I took a gold sharpie to the corners ;)

Amy @ Homey Oh My! said...

Nothing wrong with being impressed with yourself! I impress myself sometimes, too ;) This turned out lovely, Selene! All the pieces go together so well!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Haha!! Thanks, Amy!! I'm glad you think so!

BESA GM said...

I love how your gallery wall turned out. It looks great.
I am planning to create a gallery wall soon, and I will be using your "lazy method" as I think it worked very well.
BESA GM http://besimemuja.wordpress.com

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Yay!! Someone's going to try my lazy method!! Let me know how it turns out!

Caitlyn said...

Your layout turned out wonderfully. The plates were a great finishing touch!

I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday!

http://www.sweetsillysara.com/2014/02/tell-me-about-it-tuesday-4.html

sweetsillysara@gmail.com

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Caitlyn!!

Katelyn said...

I've been wanting a gallery wall for awhile now, I love yours!! It looks great!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Katelyn!! Gallery walls are awesome, aren't they?

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