Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Making of a Gallery Wall

I posted last week about our family room more or less being the bane of my existence... My sofa overhaul is now on hold (pending a potential move and new sofa - Shhhhh! ;) But the large wall with big-but-not-big-enough painting had to be tackled immediately.

I had in mind an eclectic gallery wall - something along the lines of this...

Apparently, there are two theories to hanging gallery walls, and they correlate to Kevin Costner's thesis on the Golf Swing in the movie Tin Cup....

There's the plan it out, space correctly, nearly poetic placement method....

...And there's the "grip it and rip it"- basically throw it up on the wall, and hope it works method

Because I have no patience, and Ben is my architect - we went with the grip it 'n rip it model. (A bit of shuffling frames around on the floor was as scientific as it got)

I considered using mixed media (baskets and whatnot), but Ben x-nayed that, for fear of looking too cottage-y. He was right.

We "shopped" art we had around the house, not purchasing anything new. A few spaces are bare now, but I think it was a good trade-off.

Little by little...progress....


Susie Riley said...

I like it! It has a combined effect of appearing planned, but not toooo linear - which can be boring.

Love that photo of the paper cutouts, by the way. May use that on a small wall of small framed elements... they need a bit more planning.

Good post, as always!

JMW said...

Looks great! I'm of the "grip-and-rip-it" school which drives my husband crazy. Perhaps because I've had a few mishaps along the way. What'a few extra nail holes in the wall anyway? :)

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Love it!!!! And what's this about a move???? Exciting!!!

Meg said...

Nice and colorful!

Heartfire At Home said...

Looks great! I'm of the 'just get it up' brigade also. I don't measure or plan it out, I use my fingers/handspan to measure and just get hanging!! I couldn't live in a home without treasure on the walls.

Well done!

Linda. :)

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

I LOVE IT!!! I'm all about the 'grip it and rip it' method too... my walls have a ridiculous amount of nail holes. You are lucky to have so many great pieces around to 'shop'!

anita said...

I never plan out picture hanging!

I love the big striped painting! Who is the artist?

Karena said...

Alison, it looks great, I love nothing better than a wall of wonderful art!

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Stephanie Sabbe said...

looks great! I'm a grip and rippper:)