For those of you who remember Creating a Photo Gallery I, here is the rest of that thought!
I am a huge fan of photography. However, I am also a fan of editing and not allowing the family photos to take over the entire house. We have very limited wall space in our home and I wanted to find a way to display photos, art, etc… without having to patch holes in the wall every time I felt the need to rearrange (which can be quite often). We have a hallway that is too narrow for furniture but perfect for a photo gallery. So, hello new picture shelves! Our carpenter built two shelves with a lip on the outer edge…great for displaying pretty much anything I can fit on them! You can find shelves ready to go at Pottery Barn, West Elm, IKEA, Room and Board and many others if you don’t want to go the DIY route. When it comes to arranging your display, your options are limitless! Because you aren’t burdened with hammering nails into the wall, rearrange until your heart is content! (and then re-do as often as you wish!)
Depending on your style, here are a few arrangements we put together…I hope you can find some inspiration from one or all. (Please forgive the novice photography!)
- Our current arrangement includes our wedding invitation, family photos, canvases, my mother’s paintings and a Jon Smith piece of Florence I can’t live without…
- An all Black/White/Grey arrangement including some candles for interest:
Here are a few tips for arranging your gallery:
- Layer your pieces. Overlapping frames of varying heights creates visual interest.
- Scatter similar color schemes throughout the display. For example, if you incorporate art into your gallery, spread your pieces out so your art isn’t concentrated in one area of the plan.
- Use similar frames for a cohesive look or mix them up for a more eclectic feel (gold, silver and wood).
- For a minimalist, Donald Judd type of arrangement, use metal frames and equal spacing between your pictures.
- Don’t forget that you can use items other than photos and art, such as candles, etc. Just try to remember to edit your tchotchkes!
Thank you for stopping by and know that in the end, all that matters is that you love and enjoy your display! Please let me know your favorite display tips!