Our Gallery Wall is complete! I am so thrilled to share this project with you all. It has been a long time in the works...well mentally, the actual execution only took an afternoon.
Before I started this project I scoured Pinterest. Found every gallery wall on a staircase I could find. I pinned. I admired. I then started a different project. And then FINALLY I focused enough to get started on our very own gallery wall.
Once I had a few pictures for inspiration (you can read about my inspiration walls here) I began to make my list of materials I still needed. I already had a pretty good collection of frames from years past but I needed a few non picture items to break up the space and add interest. Once I found these, mostly from Michael's Craft Store, Target and Bleu Spruce (of course!) I got started with the layout.
I laid out all my frames and non picture items on the floor in front of my wall. I then placed them in an arrangement that I thought would work up on the wall. I later discovered that this was just a rough idea as I changed almost everything as it began to go up. But at least it was a starting place.
I then took some painters tape and taped a bottom guide line to follow. I wasn't planning on measuring my spacing between items (that sounded like too much work) but I did want to have a general guideline as my items climbed the stairs that looked cohesive.
Once I had my guideline in place I started with what I call my anchor pictures. Two frames on either end of my wall that were large in size and that I could build off of. As I said before, I didn't measure anything out. I went with my gut and just started placing items on the wall as I went based on what I liked and what I thought looked good. I may have said a little prayer before each nail went in the wall, but there is no harm in that :).
I discovered as I went along that items I thought would fit or go in one area looked better in another, so I just switched. I tried not to let this be a stressful project, but an enjoyable one. One that would add character to my home and help tell my story....my families story.
I am so excited with the way it turned out. I can see this wall from the living room couch. I don't know what I look at more while in the living room, the TV or the gallery wall...it may be a toss up.