Wall Gallery Fun

One of the wonderful things about digital photography is the instant gratification it gives us by being able to view the photos we take either in camera or on the computer. However, one of the drawbacks to all that immediacy is all too often we end up only enjoying our images digitally and rarely take the time to have them printed and displayed in our homes.  I have fallen into that pattern myself in the past, but now am really excited at how hanging photographs of our life together, in our home, creates a whole new environment. And, if you have your family professionally photographed a good photographer will provide you with a consistent look and feel to your portraits making it easy and more pleasing to the eye when putting together galleries and arrangements throughout your home. I personally love the part of working with a client to create various display options for the photographs we’ve captured.

If you’ve been following this blog’s short life, then you will recall the Sweet Clover photographs of our daughter Emma. I decided to hang a gallery of some of those prints in her bedroom as her walls have been begging for some personality to match that of its inhabitant.  Wall galleries have become very popular, so there are a lot of resources out there to help you with planning and layout – I really like the information Better Homes & Gardens has on their site and would suggest them as a starting point. You can also plan it out on your own, which is what we did for this particular gallery. Mapping it out on paper to figure out the measurements correctly was our Rob’s strategy. Initially, we started out with five prints all 8 1/2″ X 11″ in size, but once we hung them we were a little underwhelmed with the overall impact. We ended up going with two larger (16″ X 20″) prints and four of the original 8 1/2″ X 11″ prints. I’ve posted both options below so you can the difference, and hopefully they inspire you to personalize your home with family photographs as well.

Happy Thursday Friends!

Mapping your gallery out on paper first is definitely the way to go - unless of course you don't mind dozens of drill holes in your walls.

Mapping your gallery out on paper first is definitely the way to go - unless of course you don't mind dozens of drill holes in your walls

Here is the first layout we tried:

Our initial layout - nice, but a little underwhelming we thought

Our initial layout - nice, but a little underwhelming we thought

The final layout:

Adding the two 16" X 20" prints gave the gallery the impact we were wanting

Adding the two 16" X 20" prints gave the gallery the impact we were hoping for

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July 2, 2009 - 9:32 am

Kristy Love the finished product. I so need to get your help with some more photos!!

July 2, 2009 - 10:22 am

Jen Ambrose Yes – the second one is way cooler and I totally love it. I did the standard vertical, horizontal, vertical, horizontal square block with some 8×10 frames (5×7) on some candids that I made black and white for a section of my dining room and oh, I love it so.

I love this layout even more. I may have to steal it for when I move into the new place.

Also, where did you get the white mats and white frames? Did you frame them yourself? I’ve been searching for those like everywhere and can’t seem to find them.

July 2, 2009 - 10:32 am

Venus I’ll have to check out BH&G. Her room looks super cute!

July 2, 2009 - 10:34 am

sarahrichmond Kristy, I’d love to help you with layouts.

Jen thanks for your feedback – your idea sounds very cool too. We found the white mat/white frames at Ikea, they are the RIBBA line.

July 2, 2009 - 12:43 pm

sarahrichmond Venus – Martha Stewart has some ideas as well, but I’m more of a BHG girl. Have fun exploring the options!

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