Really excited about this post because I get to share with you some of the changes I’ve made so far to the living room, the biggest change overall being the color palette! Re-doing the gallery wall was a first step because all the random colors from the previous setup were driving me crazy, and it’s the gigantic focal point of the room which made it a priority for me. So this time around, I went with a color story. Are you surprised to see that it’s black and white?
I couldn’t help but throw in some pinks and neutrals because I loved those prints so much, and I ended up loving even more how they warmed things up. I also took requests from boyfriend after making him look (I watched him do this) through ALL the art on Minted, who partnered with me on this project. In general, he requested palm trees, animals, and cars… I granted him two of three because I’m nice like that.
I’m loving how much cleaner it looks now that the frames are all uniform in style, and I was really excited about how each one is fitted with hanging wire = WAY easier to hang than all the random backings of the frames I had before, and I could still apply the same technique I always use for planning the layout. Sure, there are hanging tools available to help with wire hangings, but those typically require two people. I hung up everything all by my lonesome, and this is how.
I traced each framed print onto kraft paper (from the dollar store) and cut out each piece.
Pulling the wire up as tightly as possible, I measured the distance between the wire and the top of the frame, then marked that distance on the kraft paper, seen below as the horizontal line in pencil.
Using the ruler again, I marked the horizontal half way point of the frame on the previously drawn line by drawing a dot. This marks where the nail will go in the wall.
I taped all the paper up with double-sided tape to keep the edges clean, which is really helpful for clearly seeing the spacing between frames. I kept the spacing to at least three inches, a little more in some parts, but no less anywhere.
After adjusting all the paper placements about 37 times, I hammered in all the nails where the pencil markings were, ripped off all the paper from the wall (feels so good), then hung up all the art.
Layering a large piece of art behind the TV really helps it feel continuous with the rest of the wall. It’s my favorite little “trick” for a TV gallery wall, and yes, I definitely thought about how that man on his bike would look like he’s chilling on top of my TV. Love him.
A lot of what drove the plans for this wall was to cover up all the old holes while still putting up less art than I had before. I wanted the wall to look lighter and less chaotic than it did previously, and choosing prints with a lot of negative space really helped achieve that goal. I also tried to vary up the mediums more, this time including watercolors and photography along with graphic and abstract art. I’m really digging the way they all look together more than I already loved each piece individually. Do you have a favorite out of the bunch??
If you want to know more about each piece, you can find all the links here:
- Men in Red, 40×30
- Perinuclear No. 2, 20×16
- Palm Trees in the Wind, 20×16 (I think this one is my favorite)
- Planetary Neighbors, 20×16
- Untitled 1b, 20×16
- Evening Flora, 14×11
- Staredown, 14×11
- Calculation, 14×11
- Wake II, 16×16
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