To Make a Gallery Wall

 

     Hi guys! I thought it would be fun today to give some guidelines and tips for putting together a simple gallery wall. It's less intimidating than it seems, I swear! The main thing to keep in mind when starting a gallery wall is make sure the collection you are displaying isn't too uniform. In my opinion, things that match can be a little boring. I always say that when it comes to clothes, decor, anything visual really, your pieces should "go" not "match". With a gallery wall, contrasting items keep the eye moving, keep the viewer interested. That's why too much uniformity seems boring to me. I move on very quickly if all of the pieces look the same.

     Once you have your pieces picked out, you can start the layout process. The photo above is of one of the gallery walls in Bailey's room! As you can see, I started with the large canvas in the middle. I like different sizes and display options in my arrangements. This is important to keep in mind when doing your layout, seeing as it might look a little redundant to have two framed photos side by side. I love using washi tape as well as another display option. Those are the ones I don't mind putting side by side because the washi tape isn't literally framing the pictures, and therefore can be arranged differently (and it's nice when you don't have to put a million holes in your walls). Like the wall above, you can also start with a center piece and work your way around it with smaller prints, or you could do only small prints. There are really endless options to play around with. I recommend sketching out a rough blueprint of your layout before doing any hanging, or you can do the tried and true method of taping out the shapes onto your wall first to get a to scale prototype of your wall.

     Below, I have featured some of my favorite gallery walls from Pinterest. Be sure to go follow the blog there as well! I love my Pins. :) Happy Monday!

To Make a Triangle Garland

     Hey guys! Decorating our daughter’s room has been one of the greatest joys in my life so far. It’s challenging, but so much fun! There is always something to look forward to with this forever-long project, since she will always be wanting to change it once she is a little older. I can’t wait. So far, I’ve had a blast adding small touches of whimsy with eye-pleasing objects and adornments. The challenging part of this is keeping most of what I add mobile. This is where the miracle of washi tape comes in. Most of the prints and aforementioned triangle garland are hung with washi tape. Once Bailey is older, I want us to be able to move, for example, the garland to frame the window, if that’s where she’d like it to be. The book Design Mom by Gabrielle Stanley Blair has been the biggest help in forming a plan for a beautiful and livable room for our daughter.

                        This triangle garland is so simple to do but can be a nice detail to add to a gallery wall or to drape atop a door, or can be left on its own! Anything geometric sparks my interest and Bailey’s as well, children in general respond really well to all kinds of shapes. I hope she wants to keep it around for a while, if not there are many variations we can always create!

            Materials:

-          Cardstock paper

-          Any kind of string that you please

-          Watercolor paint and brush

-          Washi tape

-          Scissors

First: Start off by making a triangle stencil of your desired size, cutout from your cardstock. Then draw out at least 20 triangles with your stencil and paint over with your choice of watercolor.

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Second: Cutout the triangles and arrange on your string.

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Third: Adhere your triangles to the string using washi tape. One of the things I love about washi tape is that it’s so easy to tear into little pieces for tasks like this!

Fourth: Hang on your wall or around your window, wherever you like! With garlands like these, to make the triangles lay flat, just put a little loop of washi on the back of the triangles to keep them from flipping around. Happy crafting!