Gallery Walls

Like how fashion changes & every other season skinny jeans are in again, home decor follows a similar suit.  Often designers are trying to show you new ways to hang, lean, or display artwork & family photos. The gallery wall often appears, but like skinny jeans people get tired of them. Personally I don't think they are a trend that will pass, I love gallery walls & am happy to share some with you.

Ladies in the design world whom I admire are Jenny Komenda & Emily Henderson. They both have a great sense of style & their homes are eclectic with a good mix of vintage decor. I have been reading their blogs for years and watching their styles evolve & grow. They both are queens of gallery walls in my opinion.

We have lived in our current home for 2 yrs this November. It didn't take me long to figure out where I would hang the gallery wall in our living room.  One day the kids were out for the afternoon & I thought this is my chance to lay all of our art on the floor & pick & choose what will go where. I have never been the girl who pre-measures & puts up templates the size of each frame, I usually choose the largest piece & let the rest happen. I will admit that I do love my laser level!

 Living room gallery wall

Living room gallery wall

In this gallery I have a mix of paintings, photographs & vintage finds. If you read my last post, you will notice the two photographs of graffiti images, alongside some pieces that have significance in our family. The black & white portrait is of my grand parents, & the rusted first aid box belonged to my father-in-law. Take risks & do what you love.  If you have a connection to a piece of art buy it. Your home should have a collection of images that inspire you & that you are happy to look at everyday. I remember when I first got the first aid kit from my father-in-law's garage. I was so excited about it & the colours were perfect. My mother-in-law thought I was crazy to hang it in our living room, her art preferences are different from ours...that's ok. 

 My daughter's bedroom gallery wall

My daughter's bedroom gallery wall

My oldest daughter had just turned 4 when she got her new room, & her only request was that she wanted a pink room. I got out my laser level & went to work. This is the first room in the house where artwork was hung, & again I started with the largest piece. In University I did a series of water colour studies, this is one of them. Then I had fun mixing in her artwork with some fun things from vintage shops. The girls love the cuckoo clock!

 Our bedroom gallery wall

Our bedroom gallery wall

Our bedroom has a selection of pieces that didn't make it into the living room wall. I still love them all, but I didn't want to do floor to ceiling gallery. We have kids & a german shepherd, things too low may get damaged.  Since I am an artist I do often change it up in here a bit.

 Stairwell gallery

Stairwell gallery

This landing is at our back door & leads you to the basement. We don't get that much natural light down the staircase, so I didn't photograph the other side which also has family photographs on it. This was definitely not the easiest to hang, I didn't want to put a ladder on the stairs like I did when I painted the walls. So the frames are up as high as my arms could reach. Here I mixed a variety of images; colour & black & white photos with a large print on canvas & some vintage letters. My husband & I love photography so we have a lot of candid shots. We have never done a traditional family photo shoot, it's just not our thing.

If you have read all of this post I thank you...I tend to ramble.  If you are wondering, no I don't have a favourite piece, that would be a hard decision to make.