Since moving into our new place, A & I have made it our goal to tackle one big project each weekend. Our most recent? Filling the blank walls of our staircase with favorite photos of the people we love most. It looks simple, but we discovered there’s quite a bit of strategy required to make a display like this look just perfect. Thought I’d share our step-by-step secrets to the perfect gallery. Who knows? It just might inspire a little weekend project for one of you…
1. Cut squares of paper in the exact dimensions of the frames. (Our West Elm gallery frames did this step for us: each frame came with a piece of paper already cut to the perfect size.)
2. Using painter’s tape, secure the paper to the wall in a pattern that you like. We went with a pretty geometric arrangement, meaning that each frame lines up horizontally with a frame next to it, and then we moved upwards in a stair step pattern.
3. After all the frames were on the wall, I lived with it like this for a couple of days…and when I was sure that I loved it, I hung the frames in the order I had laid out.
4. A final note on lighting: when the house was under construction, we planned for this space to be a gallery wall and installed lighting accordingly. It’s really important to have light that’s cast onto the photos so that you don’t get funky shadows…if budget allows, this is definitely something worth installing.
And a few of my favorite photo moments on the wall…
Here I am with my big brother, reading our very favorite book…
Isn’t A cute? You can tell he already had a mischievous spirit.
Love this shot of my mom adjusting my dress right before I walked down the aisle.
Ah, Italy. This shot was taken in Rome on our honeymoon, right before we toured the colosseum. Looking at this makes me want to go back so bad!
So what do you think? Do any of you have other tips and tricks for hanging artwork?