DIY {Gallery Wall}

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I am by no means an expert but I am pretty pleased with how my gallery wall turned out in our entry way. I thought I would share some tips on how I achieved this look.

First of all this space is really hard for me to photograph. Our stairs are right behind it so I can't back up far enough to get the whole wall in the shot. :/ So bear with me.

I always start with a mirror. This one happens to be my favorite kind of from my Aunt. :) Mirrors are always good in an entry way because people like to check themselves out when coming and going.

One of my favorite things about this wall is the "hello" sign. It's trendy but still goes with our home since it's a rustic wood material and is appropriately placed at the entrance.

Also known as a chalkboard print. :) I like to change out the chalkboard print depending on the holiday/season. Of course you can buy yours here!

The little white shelf with the picture on top adds some dimension to the wall so not everything is flat. This creates interest and shape!

Find something that is meaningful to you and lets your guests know who you are or what you value. It could be a line from your wedding vows, your favorite verse, or song lyric. Just chose something that is unique to you or your family. Mine is "Be still and know that I am God" because lately that's what I have to keep reminding myself of while on our infertility journey.

Adding an initial is easy and cute. There are so many out there to choose from...metal, burlap, kraft paper, cloth, etc. Find one that suits you!

Choose a couple of your favorite photos to display. I purposely chose black and white prints so they went with the rest of my wall. I also like to switch these out seasonally.

I grabbed some greenery from Hobby Lobby and wound it around a wreath frame to add more interest and texture to the wall. With so many square frames the wall needed something round. The wreath breaks up all the lines and brings nature in!

Some "rules" that I like to follow for gallery walls...

Mix it up! Think outside of the photograph box. While I'm sure you have a beautiful family we don't need to see 50 pictures of your smiling mugs all in the same place.

Trace around everything you plan on hanging on scrap paper and "hang" your wall temporarily to see how you want things placed. It saves a lot of headache (and holes in your wall) later.

Stay within one theme. I kept my wall very neutral with wood tones, white, black, and grey. It would be weird to have a bright pink shelf thrown in there. So even though you might love that bright pink shelf save it for somewhere else (maybe the nursery?).

Choose a couple things that "match." I chose two little frames that matched to pull my look together and seem more focused and less haphazard. 

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY sesh and got some inspiration! I know I'm a huge copy cat of all things Pinterest so feel free to copy away! :)


  1. This reminds me that I need to do a post about my gallery wall! I so love a good gallery wall! Yours is lovely :)

  2. I love how it turned out! It is awesome how you've labeled all of the elements so it can be recreated :) And I love that it's not just black / silver / white frames, which is what I think of when I hear :gallery wall". Great job, Natalie!


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