A couple of weeks after Corey and I moved into this house, we hung up our staircase gallery wall, plopped a few photos into the frames, and called it a day. We haven’t had much of a chance to change it up at all, so it’s been a lot of work-with-what-we-have and not a lot of actual thought or planning.
When I originally posted about it, I mentioned that the photos were mainly photos of us and that I had plans to switch things up and add more art and a little less of our mugs. But I got busy with other things and never really got around to it. After almost eight months of staring at the gallery wall, I’ve had plenty of time to think about how I’d like to change things.
For starters, I’ve decided I’m not a fan of the all-white frames. I definitely prefer the white to black, but I think that I’d like to begin swapping out some of the white frames for some more diverse frames with different colors and textures. I’m thinking some wood frames, some metal frames, and maybe even a pop of color or two.
I’d also like to largely eliminate the photos in the frames and move towards a more art-based gallery wall. I, of course, still want to keep a few photos in the frames, but it’s a bit much right now. I’ve been feeling particularly inspired to get working on the gallery wall lately, so last week when we were at Lowe’s purchasing some pruning shears for our rose bushes, I stopped by the paint section and grabbed a few yellow paint chips. When I got home, I cut ’em up into little strips and got myself ready to make some art.
The colors are way off here because I was working on this at night, but the chips are all yellow, I promise! I wasn’t sure at first what kind of arrangement I wanted to go with, but after playing around with the chips for a few minutes I settled on a herringbone pattern.
10 minutes and a little bit of double sided tape later, and I had a new piece of art for our gallery wall!
I love how it turned out, and I love the pop of color it adds to the gallery wall! I feel like switching up this gallery wall to include some more color and art will go a long way towards making it feel a little more like part of the living room, and help it look a lot less bland!
We also decided to go ahead and paint the white letters to bring a little more color to the wall, and we switched out another one of the photos for a section of a Texas map – we cut it to include Austin (where we live now), College Station (where we went to college), and Galveston (where we sailed off on the cruise that we got engaged on!). The changes are subtle, but they make me smile, and they motivate me a lot more to get working on changing the rest of the wall up!
Yes, I can see that a few of these frames are crooked. And also, looking at the photos makes it glaringly obvious that the bottom corner of the gallery (among a few other places) is looking a bit sparse – we definitely need to add in another frame there!
It still needs a lot of work, but this is definitely progress! I love coming up with things I can make or DIY to put into the frames, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to scrounge up a few more ideas before I have to start purchasing items for the wall.
Do you have a gallery wall in your home? What kinds of things do you like to put in your frames? Are you a photo person or an art person?