You know what’s fun? Decorating your own place. You know what might be even more fun? Decorating your friend’s place. Getting to play with art pieces- it’s like playing dress up, but with walls. This weekend I got to dress up my friend Caroline’s wall in her and her husband’s bedroom with some great art that she had collected but wasn’t quite sure exactly how to arrange.
Such a great collection with pretty blues, teals, golds, and hints of pink. There are a million different ways to create a gallery wall- maybe you prefer the classic look that comes with having the same frames in different sizes, like two of Young House Love’s projects here and here. I definitely love that classic style, but I am also a big fan of the organic look that happens when you pair pieces of different color, size, and material, like we did in this room.
I try not to get too mathematical in the approach, because math sucks and that would kind of ruin the fun. But generally speaking, we worked with three different types of art for this gallery wall. The 1’s are large-scale pieces. The 2’s are medium-sized pieces. The 3’s are small or uniquely shaped items. We laid our items on the floor and played with them until they fit comfortably into the dotted line rectangle that was about the size of the space on the wall we were trying to fill. To be clear- that line was added to the photo after the fact, we didn’t draw on Caroline’s rug and floors. 🙂 But we could see the rectangle in our minds. #superpowers
Ta-da! The arranging on the floor step is probably the hardest part, just trying to get the pieces to fit and look right. Once that’s done, I snap a picture on my phone for reference and get to nailin’. Again, no measuring, because math sucks and I’d rather have a few extra holes to spackle than to measure out a whole gallery wall. Especially when you are working with the more organic look- it doesn’t have to be grid-like with perfect distances between pieces.
Seriously, aren’t her pieces wonderful? A few vintage art finds combined with a newer wood-plank creation, a sweet print, her and her husband’s initials spray-painted gold, a shadowbox with all of their wedding-related graphics, and of course the large print of her and her husband on their wedding day. It all works together so well!
A close-up of the small print. Cute quote. 🙂
There was a teeny bit of negative space under the wedding day canvas print which we were able to fill with a tray of Caro’s metallic tchotchkes. Girlfriend has no shortage of tchotchkes- one of the many reasons we are friends. I love how the golds on the tray compliment the gallery wall.
I think the whole process took maybe 30-40 minutes? Such a quick way to update a room. I adore how it turned out! A romantic little space. <3 Have you guys made any quick updates in your spaces recently? Or maybe you prefer to play with your friends’ places instead? I like both. 🙂