Happy Monday! I had an amazing weekend away with my family in Monterey. We had the opportunity to spend the night at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with my boys’ Cub Scout Troop. It was pretty amazing to get up close to all those sea creatures!
Its truly one of the best aquariums I have ever been to. And it was a bit surreal to sleep in their Open Ocean Exhibit.
We made a weekend of it and rented bikes Saturday morning and kayaks in the afternoon. Then we spent the day at the beach on Sunday. Not a bad way to spend a weekend in February.
I took lots of great family pics which will probably end up on my new gallery wall.
3 Quick Tips for Designing A Gallery Wall
Pick a Pattern
I already had 3 of my favorite pictures of my boys on the wall. I started with those and began to fill in around them. My gallery wall is falling into a natural pattern of columns. I have everything lined up in vertical rows. But the variety of shapes, textures, patterns and sizes in the vertical rows is what makes things interesting. When you are planning a wall it may be helpful and less overwhelming to decide how you want to line everything up. Vertical? Horizontal? Maybe a large rectangle with pictures filling in the rectangle?
My wall is not very big so my space is limited. And it’s a work in progress.
I added 2 clipboards so I could add printables or other pics easily. Now I can change it out with the seasons or whenever I have a new favorite picture. That way I am not always trying to move frames around to accommodate something new. I found this Family Rules Printable on Pinterest.
And then I added a few other items just to add a little more texture and interest.
A chicken wire frame is great addition to a gallery wall because you can always clip some pics or memorabilia to it and change it out easily.
Adding natural elements also brings in a bit of texture. I love this star made from reclaimed wood.
I added a little shine with a small, round, vintage silver plate. It also adds a different shape into the mix as well. But a mirror would be a great addition as well. The gold frame also incorporates a little shine.
A great gallery wall is built over time so don’t rush it. I will keep you updated on my progress.
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