Gallery Wall: One Room Challenge Week Four progress and how to install an eclectic gallery wall in your room. Tips on where to start, where to buy, and the finished look.
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It’s week four of the One Room Challenge and today I’m sharing my eclectic modern boho gallery wall.
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I was very excited to put this gallery wall together. I love the eclectic mix of images. Here’s how I put mine together.
Pick Your Art
I went through my art and decided what I wanted to reuse. Then I went to Minted and looked at all their amazing pieces. It truly was hard to choose because there are so many beautiful ones. I decided on one large piece, and several other smaller ones. Several were unframed, and a couple I picked with the frame included. I really found their website user friendly and their images really help you get a sense of how big the different sizes are.
Make Sure Everything Is Framed
Once the new art arrived I needed to get a few more frames and sort out the other pieces. I made sure to measure everything before I went to the store for frames. I didn’t want to get home and be missing any or have the wrong size. Then it was time to frame the unframed pieces.
Experiment With Layout On A Flat Surface
After I finally had all my art together I tried to lay out how I wanted my gallery wall. This part was kind of tricky -lots of trial and error. And lots of reminding myself that there is no such thing as perfect.
I measured my wall, and then laid the pictures all out on my bed. I tried it three different nights, tweaking as I went, and then gathering it up and starting over the next night. By the third night it was time to pull the trigger and get hanging the art.
Hanging The Art
This is honestly the hardest part, and feels slightly like jumping off a cliff. Any one else a little apprehensive about making “mistakes”? No one wants to add a bunch of nail holes into their newly painted perfectly white walls. I had to give myself a little pep talk and just go for it.
It helped to remind myself that if and when I’m ready to change this wall there will be a ton of holes to fill and repaint anyway, so it won’t make much difference if there are some mistake ones hiding behind a picture or two in addition. I found this really helped me to calm down and get started.
We started in the left hand corner of the wall, and transferred the pictures from where I laid them out on my bed on to the wall one by one. I have heard lots of tips for making templates, and measuring from the middle, but I just went ahead and hung them one by one. I’m not the greatest at measuring and since my frames are all different shapes and sizes I just eye-balled it. As I went I occasionally had to remove a nail and move it a little up or down, and that was ok because it all ended up hidden behind the pictures anyway.
I am a great fan of using command strips and hooks for hanging decor, but in this case I used good-sized nails for everything. Really I just didn’t want anything to fall down, and get damaged, or damage the dresser underneath it. I also think this gallery wall will be up for a long time so I didn’t mind committing to it with nails.
Admiring The Gallery Wall
As I was laying out the pictures on the bed, I have to admit I had a few second thoughts -maybe this is a pattern, remember last week? I thought maybe I should have been a little more careful about picking out art that “went together”. And I also wondered if I should have done matching frames instead of a mix. I had actually picked the art and the mismatched frames on purpose though, because I wanted a really eclectic boho collected-over-time feel.
Also I wanted art that had some meaning for us. I incorporated some of our travel art in the mix. There’s a print of Paris and it reminds of us a summer trip there before we had kids. I also included a photo I bought years ago of a British telephone booth. When I lived there for a year after high school when I was 18 I bought this in Greenwich Village. I love the little beach huts and swimming girl that I picked out from Minted because we love to swim and go to the lake in the summer.
And we also love the woods, and the outdoors so the mountain picture was perfect. It’s of the fojords, which we haven’t seen yet, but hope to next summer. I wanted a European feel to the room, so I resisted the cactus and palm trees look in favour of a more European landscape.
I included a “4” for the four of us. The large sheep, and little sheep painting are a reminder that Jesus said we’re the sheep and he’s the good shepherd. I added a few pretty vintage florals, because I always love a little vintage added into the mix. That’s why I added the vintage key too. The hot air balloons are a reminder to keep dreaming and going on adventures. And the “this is where the dreamers dream” was a fun little piece I made because I thought it had a cute double meaning -bedrooms are for dreaming, literally. The “I like boring things” is such a funny quote because we do like boring things, and we’re ok with that, haha.
Overall I’m really happy with how the gallery wall turned out. It’s just another lesson on being brave and trusting your gut. When will I ever learn? It also made the room feel like it took a giant step forward. I’m starting to see the light at the end of the six week tunnel, haha.
I have a few more projects to complete this week, but we’re really getting there now.
Still To Do
- make the cement end tables this week
- install the new overhead light
- decide on the bedding
- pick up some more accessories
- arrange the plants
- add some art to the rest of the room
- shorten the curtains and change the curtain rod
I am so glad I took on this room. It’s so encouraging to see the pieces all coming together, and how amazing it’s looking. It’s definitely giving me the energy to finish up this big project. I hope it’s inspiring you to make some changes that you’ve been dreaming up for a while.
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