So I created my first ever gallery wall and did it in my boy’s room.
Earlier this summer I did a few other recent updates in there which included hanging a map-frame-shelf-combo I built, moving some beloved airplane decals to a new corner, and adding in a few new pillows.
But even after those updates the wall above his dresser was totally blank. So I thought I’d do my first attempt at a gallery wall. A kid room is a good place to try out new things – kids just don’t care as much if it isn’t perfect (at least mine don’t). So I grabbed some Ikea frames, some art cards, a few train pictures I stole out of a calendar, and a Superman poster and went to work. I laid everything out on the floor to get a sense of how I wanted it to come together.
I went for a pretty close together arrangement because I wanted to keep the frames within the width of the dresser. I ended up having a couple of extra frames I didn’t use, but figured I would go with what worked space-wise rather than trying to force an arrangement that just wasn’t floating my boat. Then I used my favorite 3M Command Strips to hang the stuff.
Those strips worked so well on the larger and heavier map, so figured this should be a piece of cake. And it was. Here’s how my boy’s room gallery wall ended up:
So my boy is pretty happy about the Superman poster and couldn’t care less about the rest, but I think the added color in the room is great. Probably not the best gallery wall ever (okay, for sure not that), but it was easy and now I am feeling more confident to tackle one in an adult space. Someday. I have a hard time committing to wall art, let alone committing to a whole wall of it.
Anyone else give a gallery wall a go? Of course you have, and you probably did it forever ago when these things became more popular instead of waiting forever like me. One day I’ll get over my fear of art commitment…