So you have probably seen those great gallery walls in magazines, such as Pottery Barn. Have you thought…that would be nice but where do I start? It is really quite simple if you break it down.
Here are some Basic Guidelines:
- Find your “Inspiration Piece”
- Tell a Story with your collection
- Make sure there is balance to the wall
Your inspiration piece could be an architectural element you found in your travels or your favorite family picture. This should be your focal point, so I like to start with this piece, center it at eye (gallery) level to make a statement. Tell a story with your collection. It may be a Family tree, your collection from your favorite destination such as Paris (which my heart sings for), or a theme that speaks to you. Balance is the most important factor. This will allow you to be eclectic and free to use what you love and mix it all together.
Being the Decorator (or AKA “Ginger the RE-Arranger”) at Designer Consignment, I have to say, I feel like a Kid in a Candy Store! I can walk around this store and find many treasures that look like they have been together forever, which make my favorite collections, those eclectic ones no one else has. Here is how I put together this wall Gallery Vignette for Designer Consignment…
I started looking for my “inspiration piece”, that being a lovely framed Vintage style Botanical art print. So I decided the wall inspiration would be “the love of Nature”. Next, I needed to pull anything that caught my eye and told a story about nature and its elements. I found this unique “tree trunk” table and used it as the furniture piece that would be great in an entryway! Now if that doesn’t say nature…what does, right?
In picking my favorites, I looked for similarity in weight to give balance to my wall, remember don’t worry about different frames or colors, rules don’t apply if you have one common factor in place and balance, my common factor being a theme. I like to add a few mirrors and I used a mosaic sconce above the main picture to bring depth to the wall, find as many small pictures or pieces that you can to fill in the open areas after placing all the large ones. Let the heavy pictures balance each other on each side.
The table toppings carry the story on with the rustic texture of the Terra Cotta pots and the amazing book I found that happened to be titled the Amazing World of Nature…Perfect as an accent piece (telling the story in words)! A lamp to add warmth, and the little details I love, like the mini pot with a glass votive inserted inside for ambiance or using a vintage rocker as a plant stand.
Just remember to have fun with it all and everything will turn out ok!
Till next time,