Gallery Wall Reveal

Home Heart Harmony Gallery WallIt’s finally finished! I’m so sorry I kept you waiting so long. We actually finished this last weekend but the sun and I have not managed to be at home at the same time this week! It was quite a struggle getting these pictures to look anything other than ‘dingy’ so for that I apologise!

However, I have to say, now that it’s done, I can’t stop popping my head around the corner to take a sneaky peek. I love that some of our happiest memories are now on display reminding us of those special moments day in, day out.Home Heart Harmony Gallery Wall

I am so happy with the final result. It is quite a step out of my comfort zone if I’m honest and is much ‘busier’ than anything else we’ve done in our home. It did take a few days of ‘getting used to.’ I think a Gallery Wall is quite a personal statement but I think that’s why I have decided I love everything about it, from the pictures of our loved ones to the selection of frames we have chosen, to the words and messages we have  included.

Home Heart Harmony Gallery WallI did plan the layout quite carefully which made the final step of actually hanging the pictures much more bearable than I had imagined. I had decided to go for a largely rectangular outline which I wanted to fill with frames.

I started by sticking masking tape on the wall around the area I wanted to cover with pictures. I then measured the space and gathered together all the frames I planned to use. I re-created the outline on our bedroom floor using more masking tape and placed the frames inside the template playing around with them until I had a layout with which we felt happy.

Draw around each picture, cut, then mark the nail hole  before sticking on the wall

Draw around each picture, cut, then mark the nail hole before sticking on the wall

I then used a fantastic technique I first saw on ‘Bless’er House’ blog to finalise the wall. I got an old roll of wrapping paper and cut around each of the frames producing a template for each one. I turned the frame over and marked the spot where the hook would need to be placed on the wall. Finally, I took a photo of the layout and used it to help me transfer the cut-outs onto the kitchen wall using blu-tak. I played around with the spacing until I felt it was right and then we hammered the hooks in straight through the paper using the marks to guide us.

All laid out on the carpet and then templates on the wall

All laid out on the carpet and then templates on the wall

It wasn’t a five minute job but we were prepared for that. I hung several of the smaller frames using command picture hanging strips to minimise the number of holes we would be left with in the wall. After all, this will all be coming down again in a few months when the kitchen renovation gets going so the fewer holes there are to fill, the better.

Home Heart Harmony Gallery WallI’m so glad I planned it out as the process of actually getting the pictures on the wall was relatively pain-free and didn’t take that long. This meant I was able to do most of it myself with just a guiding eye to tell me that everything was straight etc.

IMG_0247Home Heart Harmony Gallery WallIf nothing else, there is no doubting that a gallery wall is an expression of your personality and I love that about it. When I see one in someone else’s home, I’m always drawn to it, it is such a great way to learn a little bit more about that family – a little glimpse of what they love, what’s important to them and how they live. Perhaps the best thing is that those pictures can all be changed and updated whenever the mood strikes so it can evolve with us as our lives move on.

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? I would love to hear about it in the comments or you could send me a picture by email at homeheartharmony@yahoo.com or via Facebook or Twitter. I have also just set up an Instagram account so follow me there at @homeheartharmony or follow along on Pinterest.

PS. You can see my Instagram Gallery Stairwell here.

Sharing this post over at A bowl full of LemonsThe Twinkle Diaries and The Happy Housie.

Update – the large ‘Home’ print and most of the frames are from IKEA and the square paper-cuts are by the lovely Leah at ‘Very Cherry Gifts.’

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14 comments

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Rachel! I was a little worried about it to start with – a gallery wall is definitely a statement! I love it more and more all the time though, just makes me smile! ☺️

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Aw, thanks. I’m so glad we took the plunge, it’s added so much character to a previously really boring wall space! Thanks so much for your lovely words xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Lisa, I get so many comments about that ‘Home’ print and yet it was a bargain buy in IKEA. Just goes to show you needn’t spend a fortune to create something with impact – and I do love a bargain! 😉

  1. Caro | The Twinkles Mama says:

    Well done lovely — this looks really fabulous!!! We have a gallery wall up our stairs but I literally did it as I went along — I certainly didn’t go to the effort you have to make sure they all worked well together!! Amazing job — well done :) No wonder you keep stopping to take a little peek :) It looks fab! Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      We have a bit of a gallery going up the stairs too and I’m very tempted to add to it to make it a bit more haphazard and characterful. Another project on the list in my head…thanks so much for stopping by xx

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