How To: Create a Gallery Wall
What better way to exercise your creativity than to use what you already have to update the look of your home! Although I love a good shopping trip just as much as anyone else, I don't always have the time or finances to do so-and if I'm being completely truthful, I may not want my husband to give me that questioning sideways look that makes feel guilty for going to Home Goods for the 27th time that week. Since I'm a big fan of a good gallery wall, I will often use any blank space to create one. Not only does it allow you to display your collections and show off your personality, but it can also be a lot less expensive than finding larger pieces of art to fill a space.
When I created the gallery wall below, our bedroom was in need of a refresh. I adored the color that we had painted the wall when we first moved into the apartment, but I was bored with the usual "mirror above the dresser" look (even though it was a pretty cool mirror!).
I started by taking an inventory of our art that was not currently in use and of pieces that were ready to be added to the rotation. I narrowed that down to frame and picture colors that would compliment the wall color as well as each other, and were the appropriate size for the space above the dresser. And when that left me with only a few options, I had to add other items to fill in the gaps. The obvious choice was the gold mirror that had taken its turn in our bathroom and was ready for a more pleasant home : ) But, when the space above the ABC poster was left bare (that poster is my design by the way!), I had to be inventive...
I remembered my son pulling off the tassels on my new and beloved pouf that I had JUST bought from Jennifer of FleaMarketFab. At the time I was devastated, mostly because I really hate to sew unless I absolutely have to, but in that "Ah-Ha" moment I realized his actions were a blessing. Because now I had something to add to that lonely space! And after nailing 3 tassels individually, the wall felt complete (the 4th tassel still hangs on the pouf, wondering where its brothers and sisters are).
To finish the look, and to add even more style to the newly revitalized domain, I added some plants and pops of yellow to the top of the dresser. And I have to say, I love the new summer vibe!