Monday, September 15, 2008

gALleRy (walls)...

I have some blank space on my living room wall and have decided that I want a gallery wall. I have been collecting inspiration pictures and collecting frames to do this. Let's take a look at my pictures and then help me make some decisions.


This image is from Domino, I think. I love the big,
white mats.
This is from the September issue of Domino magazine via M-A Belle's blog. I love the mirror and the mix of small and larger pictures. I have a small concave mirror I want to use on my wall.
These two are from M-A-Belle's darling NYC apartment. Look at that cute zebra rug!









This is in Erin's (Elements of Style) darling home.

This is a gallery wall in the home of Anne Turner Carroll, one of the editors of Cottage Living. Urban Grace Interiors has a fun interview with her here.




I LOVE this one from Holly Mathis Interiors.

After looking at all these, does anything go as far as creating a gallery wall? Is it okay to mix landmark pictures with pictures of flowers? What about framed papers? Or should I just stick to one theme? Also, what about mixing in empty frames? Let me hear your ideas and feel free to leave a link to places where I can get even more ideas!

17 comments:

Diva Style said...

I like the first and second images! :-)

Shabby Mama said...

I agree with diva..i think the concave mirror would be great..i think you could frame some paper to go with photos and the mirror and you can def mix black and white and color i think..it just depends on the look you want..you are using similar frames and mats right??? a good "rule" is to use similar mats and frames and then you can mix up what is inside (bw, color, paper) but if you use a hodge podge of frames (gold, wood, silver, black) then stick to bw photos..but really there is not rule..good post you are so good at pulling good images!

Sabina said...

love the mirror and the idea of a gallery!!

Sarah Danielle said...

The first image hands down. Love the matting - creates a cohesive looks even though the "art" in each frame is so different.

Reese and Marie said...

I LOVE gallery walls... thank you for compiling this awesome bank of pictures. Nice to have to refer to from time to time for inspiration! I too have a gallery "family" wall where all the pics are B&W or sepia but are framed in mismatched frames in black wood, gold, silver or bronze. Still looks great with the continuity of the B&W/sepia pics. Stop back by and see me sometime!

Love,
Kari

MeganSloan said...

Now I want one!!! I love the second one with the large mirror and the variations in size. I have a few big walls and so maybe this is what I need to do. I started a 'family' wall in one room but nothing near what these photos are like (yet...)! :)

Reese and Marie said...

I'm sorry, I missed that you needed an opinion. Although I am drawn to #1 initially, the thing I don't like about it is that the mats are so large that they become the statement almost more than the photos. I think you need one or more common elements to make it a gallery. If you do all white frames and mats, for example, I think you could mix color family photos with pics of flowers. IF you do all B&W, you can be more experiemental with the frames. I think the convex mirror would be great mixed in. It would still give you a gallery effect and would bring some life to the arrangement.

Hope that helps!
Kari

No.35style said...

Diva, I saw your zebra shower curtain at target and thought "she had a great idea using that for upholstery"!

No.35style said...

Thanks everyone for your opinions!

daniella said...

I have to ask, do you know where your friend got the zebra rug? I love it, I want it for Chuck's room (if you met her you'd understand why that name totally suits her) If you could find out and let me know you'd be my hero.

Thanks for visiting my little blog that could. It was good "meeting" you! Did I tell you I'm intending to check back daily? Oh yes.

P.S. I like the second picture for the wall. I need to do something like that too but am too lazy to drive around in the D.C. traffic to shop. Isn't that crazy? Never thought I'd say that. God bless the internet because I don't have money to blow on gas!

No.35style said...

Dani, I sent an email to your account in your profile! I don't know her personally, but will be happy to find out for you!

GrannySmithGreen said...

I, too, am a fan of the "gallery wall". I tend to prefer decor to be a bit more formal and "organized", shall we say. There is just something about these collections that attract so many of us.

Here's my 10 cents worth: Make sure you ground the "gallery" grouping if you place furniture below it. For example: look at the pictures you posted. The picture with the bench and green pillows--the "gallery" extends beyond the furniture. From a design perspective, the heaviest piece should be the furniture. Instead, the "gallery" floats away. The impact is not near as effective.

Well, that was way more of an opinion than you ever wanted to hear. So sorry. I do hope I have not stepped on anyone's toes by pointing out that one particular photo.

Best of luck with your gallery wall and please keep us posted.

Brilliant Asylum said...

I love these. I am working on my own as we speak.

LindsB said...

oh I just love the pictures you came up with! I'm going to show some of these to the BF and see if he likes these better then the ones I found. I'm still working on him liking this idea, so I hope this helps!

No.35style said...

Brilliant Asylulm, hope your's turns out like you like! Linds, hope the BF will like these options. Good luck!

Jean said...

I like the last two best by far. Can't wait to see what you do in your own home.

Jenny said...

Wow! These are amazing photos. I'm laughing at how many posts we have that are similar - photo walls, painting doors, etc. Guess we have similar {and good!} taste!

I'm so glad you enjoyed some of my posts. It was a nice little surprise in my inbox today reading your comments! I hope you keep coming back!

Jenny
littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com