Like I said, I've always loved gallery walls, but I think they are really hard to do correctly. I've seen gallery walls look amazing and some that look plain junky, so I've been hesitant to try. I don't have the best eye for this stuff, so I figured anything I created would end up on the junky side.
I elicited a little (read: a lot of) help from my mother-in-law while she was in town to create the perfect gallery wall for my office. Yall, I am obsessed!
Even though there are 11 frames, choosing the pictures was hard! I love the ones that made the wall but would have happily selected 11 more if I had the space. I decided I wanted to do larger pictures with the majority being 8x10 photos. I already had six of the frames already on hand and purchase the remaining 5 from Hobby Lobby. Seriously, what would we do without that place?
After deciding on a layout, I spray painted all of the old brown frames that I had on hand silver. I think having several of the frames one color really helped with the overall look, and I love the shimmery silver against some of the more rustic off-whites.
Hanging the frames was the hardest part, primarily because it was the only part I had to do by myself. After an average of 3-4 nail holes per picture, I finally got them looking just like I wanted! I even got the husband stamp of approval, which is always a win when it comes to decorating.
I chose to go with all black and white pictures to give it a classic look. I typically love color pictures, but there is just something about the black and white collage that I find really beautiful. It feels timeless and makes me smile to see so many memories frozen in time.
My office is where I spend the majority of my time during the day since I work from home, so I want it to be a room that I like looking at. This wall of pictures and memories makes me so happy, and I truly love sitting in that little room now!