Huge empty walls seem to be something I’m always battling so I’ve gotten pretty good at upcycling old frames to create a photo gallery that both balances the space and adds unique detail to our home. It’s such a fun and easy way to incorporate meaningful elements into our decor.
I like to rotate what’s included on the wall by changing out the art. I’ve also added a decorative nail where I can hang small knick knacks. I’ve found that the trick to loving the finished gallery is arranging the frames on the floor before attacking the wall with a hammer. And try not to be too symmetrical! That’s the hard part for me, so I start with the corners and fill in the gaps from there. You can always be symmetrical in how the art and frame colors balance one-another.
Since all of our frames were black, I painted half of them white using an all-in-one paint & primer and hung a couple without the backing or glass. I love a minimal and airy room, so this was a nice way to make the space feel more homey without over-cluttering.
▲ I used acrylic paint to create some happy confetti art, included a couple of our favorite wedding photos, and the branding iron my Dad used to make the giant jenga set for our wedding.
▲ I removed the backing and super-glued the glass into the big empty gold frame so it’s a fun space for Brandon and I to write messages to each other, and the painting from my Grandma adds a nice touch of vintage.
Home galleries like this are such a fun and easy way to incorporate special elements into the decor – so many meaningful trinkets in such a small space!
What’s your favorite way to incorporate meaningful family trinkets into your decor?
PS. a couple years and several homes ago I wrote about my first gallery wall, an industrial-style gallery that I built from pvc pipe and ribbon! Check it out HERE.