Create a not-so-boring gallery wall.
Who else is chomping at the bit for the end of the school year?! Aw, man, I can’t wait and this is it for me! I’ve got one school year left that I am obligated to help with homework, fundraise, show up to meetings, watch sports, and pay for yearbooks. Yesssss…the countdown is on!
And with that I’m sure you are thinking about all the things you are going to get done this summer with fewer commitments: no meetings, nightly homework, sports, or flat out having to cook every night. (I fully admit that my cooking skills are less than spectacular all summer).
Well, gather up all those art projects you’ve been planning to do something with, those school portraits still in the envelope, get all the family portraits printed, and dig through your old boxes of posters and then head to your local flea (or Facebook Marketplace) for frames and let’s get going on that empty wall you keep staring at!
I loooove me a gallery wall. I don’t know what it is with gallery walls because I am admittedly terrible at choosing art and I’m not a huge fan of a family portrait wall. Sorry, not sorry. BUT, I love incorporating meaningful pieces in a fun, cheeky, playful way to add interest and color to a room. I believe art should be personal, reflect personality, and put a smile on your face. This could be anything from personal artwork to posters from your childhood to flea market finds. It could be family portraits or silly family photos. Really, whatever you want to look at every day.
My son took years of art classes as a way to express himself and have some creative freedom. It was his release and just plain made him happy. So, for Scott’s room I sifted through of artwork and chose pieces that worked in the room to add color and pieces that had some significance to us. It doesn’t really matter if anyone else like them or gets them. We do and that is what is most important.
I also love to incorporate different frames. Different styles, different colors, different sizes. It adds interest to the space and makes the whole wall a work of art instead of just each piece. And you can find frames super cheap! Look at yard sales, estate sales, and flea markets. And they don’t have to be empty. Just be sure you don’t chuck a valuable piece of art!
I tend to follow a linear pattern. I like my gallery walls to be neat and tidy and all squared up. Frames line up on the sides and the top and bottom and are spaced evenly in between. That’s just me. (It’s what I do. I need order.)
But they don’t have to be. Check out these off-kilter gallery walls that look just as awesome as the others!
Have too much awesomeness to decide what to use and what to ditch? Making a statement is all the rage!
Now get to work gathering your goods and calendaring your weekend frame hunting. I hope you squeeze a vacay and some fun in there somewhere. Cheers to the start of summer!