The anatomy of our gallery wall

One of my favourite things in our home is the gallery wall in our dining room. It certainly gets a lot of attention! When we moved into our new home 5 years ago (that flew by!) we had a fair amount of framed art that we had collected from a variety of sources. I loved the idea of grouping it all together to balance out our space and showcase some great family shots.

Our dining room sits across from our open concept kitchen that boasts all glass uppers and a fairly busy glass tile backsplash. I don’t recommend accent walls often, but in this case it works. We needed to create a heavy background for all the different frames to sit on.

I love the mix of frames and types of art featured on our wall. It makes it very easy to add pieces as they come into our lives. Some of the art prints came from this great little site called little paper planes. If you are looking to collect prints, this is a great place to start. Just buy what you like and there will always be a place to hang it. I love to find new artists’ work to add to my wish list. Etsy is a great place to look, and I’ve found some great pieces in antique stores as well. The sky is the limit!

So how did we do it? First I placed everything I wanted to hang on the floor in front of the wall. I started with the largest piece and worked my way out, balancing the colours and sizes of the frames and their contents as I went. This style works best with art of varying sizes and orientations. Once I had it looking balanced, hubby went to work hanging them up. The bottom frames are all reinforced with velcro for safety.

The wall makes me smile and it’s always evolving. Our kids and guests love asking about what they see when we are sitting around the table. It makes for a great conversation starter!

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? I’d love to hear about it!

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  • We have done the same in our living room, taking inspiration from your wall whenever we were over to visit.

    Right now it is made up of a mixture of collage frames filled with our daughter, some of my own photography (including one large piece I took for my grandfather which we inherited after he passed), pictures of our family and friends (including you guys) and some of our favorite art.

    I love the versatility of this style as our lives always change. We are welcoming our second daughter in just about a month so there will be some updates. We may need a larger wall. And, you can use whatever frames you want. The less matchy-matchy the better.

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