Hi there! I’m pretty excited to share this post about creating a gallery wall, because it’s been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to create a gallery wall in my sons room for ages, but I had no idea where to begin. I pretty much just kept getting overwhelmed and pushed it aside. I felt this way for a number of reasons: I assumed it would cost a lot, had no idea how to choose pieces, and I didn’t know how to decide what to hang where. It turns out things don’t have to be quite as difficult as I thought! Through some trial and error, I figured out some things that make the process a lot easier. I hope my learning experience in creating this wall will help you conquer your own!
1. Choose an Anchor Piece – I had so many ideas about what I may want to include, but couldn’t figure out where to start. I kept changing my mind about what I wanted, and had no idea what I wanted for an overall theme. I had gotten this seek adventure canvas a few weeks ago and thought I would be putting it in my bedroom. After looking at it in my room during that time something just clicked, and I thought it would be perfect to anchor my son’s gallery wall. I love the idea of building the wall around a positive message. Our goal is to have him experience as much in life as he can so this sign seemed like a perfect fit for his room!
2. Choose a Theme/Colour Scheme – After you have chosen your main piece it’s a lot easier to decide on a colour scheme. I found that by doing this I could just pull from the colours of the anchor piece. I wanted to make sure the colours complemented this piece so I went with white, cream, and soft blues. I really like when everything flows together, which is why I wanted to keep the number of different colours to a minimum.
3. Free Printables – It can be very expensive to buy prints to fill all of your frames. I didn’t even know there was a such thing as printables until very recently. I know that totally makes me sound like I am living in another world or something. I honestly have no idea how I never noticed them on Pinterest before, apparently I can be quite oblivious! I’m so excited I discovered them, and if you haven’t then you are in for a treat. If you have a printer at home it makes this super easy, if you don’t it’s still way cheaper to get them printed then to go buy prints. The ones I used here likely won’t be much help to you, unless you’re creating a boys room. If you are interested though they are from Chickadee Art & Company. To find free printables just go to Pinterest and search, you will find tons!
4. Use Frames You Already Have – I’m not sure if you’re anything like me, but I tend to buy frames that don’t always make it onto the wall. It’s pretty bad right now, I have a huge stack of frames that need to be hung. I never used to be this bad, but since my son was born I tend to procrastinate a lot more! If you aren’t a weirdo like me with a big stack of frames to choose from don’t worry, you can still use what you have around. I’m sure there are frames you are tired of looking at, or could use moving to a new location. You can also find frames second hand or at the dollar store, that way you don’t have to send a fortune! I have more about finding décor for cheap in another post if you’re interested in more tips.
5. Include Personalized Items – This doesn’t really fit into the cheap and easy part, but I think it’s important to consider. For our gallery wall, I wanted to make sure it included something about my son. His name is Ryker so the R is to represent his name. The top picture on the wall is a picture of myself, my husband, and my son. As much as I enjoy prints and different objects, I really love a personal touch such as a name letter or personal photos. I know those letters of your name are called something…but I cannot remember right now, it’s driving me crazy!
Well that’s it for this post, I hope I’ve given you some useful information! If you enjoyed this post please feel free to share, or comment below. Thanks for reading!