Earlier this year I was accepted as a Wayfair Home Expert, which believe me made my day. And this month I was set my first challenge – create a gallery wall in collaboration with the Art Group. I was very kindly allowed to pick out three prints and I could also use anything else I wanted – prints, photos and decorations to create my gallery wall.
I knew straight away which wall I was going to use. And because I don’t do things by half (I never learn) I picked the biggest one in the house! Our hallway wall is sparse with only one print. And it’s been there for the last 7 years, it was shouting out for a change.
I have also wanted to start a gallery wall for such a long time. I really wanted a space where we could show things that are special to us, things that have created special family memories.
We live in South Devon and love spending our quality family time travelling around exploring this gorgeous area, from the seaside to the moors. My sister lives in North Devon just outside Woolacombe, and we visit a lot. It is also a happy place for me, as soon as I arrive I just seem to chill out.
I also purchased this print with beach huts as this reminded me so much of the beach where our beach hut is.
Over the years I have collected some large letter wall decorations, one for each of us. I also had some gorgeous black and white photos of the girls when they were younger and I wanted to incorporate all of this on the wall.
To help me decide how I was going to lay out the prints I took over the lounge and layed them all down. After a bit of reshuffling I came up with this layout. What I liked about the hallway wall is that we can grow our collection and this layout felt the best fit for when we wanted to add new things.
I next made templates of all the prints, pictures and initials out of brown paper and newspaper. I then stuck them to the wall in my favourite layout, working out the distance between each one. The original print was the same size as the new one so I left this one up while doing this. When happy I marked the corners of the templates on the wall with a pencil.
I decided not to use nails when hanging but used Command Strips instead. These are great if you want to move pictures around and not have to refill holes in every time.
So to the big reveal, here’s the before:
And now the after:
I am so happy with how this turned out. It makes me smile every time I walk onto our landing and see the girls and all our favourite places. I really can’t wait to find new things, new memories, to add to it
My top tips for creating a gallery wall
1. Pick out a theme – whether it’s a certain colour frame, just photos or a mixtute.
2. Gather everything you want to include and try different layouts.
3. When you find the layout you like take a picture of it so you don’t forget when it comes to hanging everything.
4. Make templates of everything and stick to the wall. This helps to check if your layout is right. It also helps to work out the measurements between the pictures.
5. Mark where you want the pictures to be before removing the templates.
5. Hang your pictures, either with nails or Command strips, then stand back and admire your fab new gallery wall.
Have you got a gallery wall in your house? How did you decide what to hang?