Lots of people struggle with decorating large walls and I totally get it— Sometimes a giant blank canvas can be daunting. You want to create something beautiful but don’t know where to start and are worried that once you do start you won’t actually like how it comes together. It’s a vicious cycle. Even the best of us have been there. But don’t fret, here are a few questions to ask yourself to painlessly jump into the process of creating a perfectly curated gallery wall.
First decide: Do you want it simple, different or complex?
I’m big on balance but not symmetry— so for me it’s a tug-of-war between different an simple. But just remember you can have a farmhouse look that’s not all neutrals and magnolia leaves. Channel your urban farmhouse vibes and add pops of color and unexpected items, make your farmhouse look your own!
What do you already have?
Sometimes you don’t need to look outside your home to create inspiring vignettes— So look around! What are some of your favorite pieces that haven’t quite found their perfect home? You could use an old piece turned mirror and incorporate a few family photos or found objects to create your wall. Lots of people do different signs and pictures on a gallery wall but I’m a little more simple and prefer to keep my walls calm, so make sure you take the feel of your wall into consideration when decorating.
**A Note on Family Photos: I LOVE family photos but I find myself getting anxiety seeing them everywhere all over the house. All I can think of is how much dust they collect. So I hang or have a few here in there in my house for all to see. My favorite way to share family photos and sweet memories is photo books I’ve made on shutterfly and have on my coffee tables. I switch them out every few weeks. I find myself and the kids looking through them giggling or calling out to the other to come see.
What will be your anchor pieces?
No matter what look you are going for, you have to have an anchor piece or two when constructing a gallery wall. I like to use old tobacco fences or old shutter doors— These automatically set the tone for your farmhouse style, but you could use your favorite painting or even an oversized wreath. The possibilities are truly endless, but whatever you choose for your anchor objects will dictate the rest of the wall’s feel.
So do you feel ready to start creating your own gallery wall? With these three questions in mind, jump in to the design process and have fun! Sometimes you just have to start when it comes to these projects, and don’t forget— you don’t have to get it right on the first try! Play around with your style!