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Hanging a gallery wall is one of those big, overwhelming projects that I never seem to get around to actually doing. I have a HUGE (like 15 ft) blank wall behind my tv that I’ve now been staring at — and thinking that I really should hang all those prints that have been sitting in my closet — for months. But I’m not quite ready: I don’t have the right frames. And I want to print out some of my travel photos and frame those. And I probably need more prints (especially because some of the ones that have been in the closet now seem too dated to hang). Should I build it around the tv? Should I pick a color scheme (like black and white)?
In short, the reason I’ve been procrastinating for two years is that I’m indecisive about how I want it to look and am scared that it won’t turn out well. So I did what I do best: research.
Here is a round-up of gallery wall inspiration from some of my favorite blogs:
What do you think? I’ve always loved the eclectic look, but now I’m leaning toward lots of black and white with a few pops of color (i.e. pink) mixed in. I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot more research!
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m in the midst of helping my mom freshen up the accessories for the built-in unit in my parents’ family room. And, as I predicted, she really liked the image with white shelves and a lot of bright books and accessories. With that in mind, I decided to round up some of my favorite (bright) design books and some accessories that would coordinate well with the coral West Elm pillows we bought last summer.
Well Mom, what do you think?
1. Urchin // 2. Elephant // 3. Sculptural Sphere (or this) // 4. Love Print // 5. Art (sold out, but according to Insta, more are coming soon!) // 6. Domino // 7. Big Book of Small Cool Places // 8. Design*Sponge At Home // 9. Remodelista // 10. Decorate // 11. Bud Vase // 12. Face Planter // 13. Tall Vase // 14. Absolutely Beautiful Things // 15. Elements of Style // 16. Bookends // 17. Coasters // 18. Well-Read Women // 19. Creativity at Work
If you’re trying to find some new elements for your shelves or end tables, here are a few questions you should consider before you begin:
1. What do you already have that can be used? The best accessories (and books) are those collected over time. So whenever I’m styling end tables, nightstands or shelves, I start by shopping my own apartment because sometimes just rotating what I already own will gives me the fresh look I’m craving. (And other times I realize I really need more decorative objects!)
2. What colors do you want to emphasize? It’s much easier to pick out accessories when you have a color scheme in mind. If there are pillows that are a bright color, just a few small (and inexpensive objects) in another part of the room will help create a cohesive and well thought out look.
3. What elements do you want to incorporate? One thing I noted in the inspiration images is that most had four main elements: books, vases, objects and prints. If you don’t have a lot of books, incorporating the other items will help the shelves look balanced.
The built-in bookshelves in my parents’ family room are one of those things that I see all the time, but don’t really think about — even when I’m staring right at them. But while I was home over Christmas, I happened to take a closer look. While other elements of the room have gradually gone from traditional toward (a bit) more modern, the shelves have not. The focal point of the wall was old legal books leftover from my dad’s law library — and they were as traditional as you would expect from 30-year-old law books. I immediately decided the shelves needed a fresher, brighter and more modern look.
That day, I cleared out some of the clutter (i.e., all of the law books) and “shopped” around their house for anything I could use. They still have a ton of children’s books, so a few collections were upgraded from a bookshelf upstairs to the family room. Many photos were moved to other parts of the house so a few others would stand out. After an hour or two, I was much more pleased with half of the wall, but didn’t have anything leftover for the second half. I decided to get some inspiration — and then try to convince my mom to buy a few things.
Here are a few shelves that I’ve liked for a while:
Here are some close-ups (note the four main elements: books, vases, objects and prints):
Up tomorrow: some ideas to help you get the look!
New arrivals: two of my favorite words to see in my inbox because although I get sale emails from what feels like 100 retailers on a daily basis, new products are only unveiled a few times a year — particularly for interiors.
Three collections caught my eye this month: Nate Berkus for Target, Kate Spade Saturday for West Elm and CB2’s First Look at Spring. The Target collection is full of affordable pieces that will mix perfectly with (slightly) higher end pieces throughout your home. Here are a few of my picks from each collection: