Creating a Gallery Wall Around a Doorway
Hope y’all are doing well! 🙂 Today I wanted to share decorative project that I’ve been working on in our living room…a gallery wall! I’ve played with, and re-arranged our living room wall decor for a while now and finally got brave enough to do what I thought I would love from the beginning. Have you ever done that in your home? Where you thought something would look great, but weren’t quite brave enough to try it? So crazy because you can usually trust your decorative gut, right? 😉 And so what if you get it wrong and have to fill a few screw holes in your wall; not a big deal. Live, learn and redecorate!
I’ll be honest though I feel like I’m just catching my wind in the decorating department in this home. When we first moved in I was going to school full-time and working full-time, and since then we’ve been doing renovations to improve the actual home itself. So even though I’ve always been slightly obsessed (okay completely) with decorating/interior design and have tons of ideas, I haven’t been able to bring them to life until recently. I also think that my style and taste have evolved dramatically over the past couple years so maybe it’s perfect timing anyways 🙂
I like to keep the eye moving around a space while also creating focal point. In this case I’ve always wanted to do something around the doorway that leads into the kitchen. This is the view you get when you walk in the front door. I started my gallery wall on the one side of the room, from above the couch and wrapping around the corner. Once we had made the doorway bigger the room seemed even more unbalanced to me and this is when I finally got brave enough to see what it would look like if I brought the gallery wall up and over the doorway and then extended it to the other side.
Starting a Gallery Wall
I decided to remove and reuse everything I had on the wall above the couch. So the first thing I did was take it all down. Usually I would start a gallery wall by hanging the biggest or most significant piece where I wanted it first and then continue working outward from that. In this case that was already done so I was able to continue on from where I had left off. I laid out an idea of how I wanted the picture frames to be placed over the doorway. I knew I’d be using a cool old rusty license plate I’d found, which has significant (to me) numbers on it, above the doorway because of it’s shape and size.
Where Does It Go??
A forewarning, if you’re like me and are working with a variety of objects, art, signs, and picture frames it takes a while to decide where to put everything. Here are the things I had to consider before hanging each piece: size, color, orientation (portrait or landscape), spacing, and I also tried to intermix our 2 families, as well as spread out pictures of us among them. So that being said it can be quite tricky 😉 but also fun!
To find out about our lovely treat-it-as-a-neuatral wall color click HERE.
So this is basically where I’m at so far. The gallery wall is still a work in progress, obviously I have frames without pictures in them lol! I used black, white, wood, gold, and more of an antique looking silver for the frames. I like the mixture because these different finishes can be found all through the house and, as I mentioned, this wall is the first one you see when you come in the front door 🙂 I’m sure this space is one that will evolve over time and I already have a couple changes in mind for it, which I’ll probably get to and share with you soon 😉
So stay tuned!