So my picture wall is finally complete, and I’m happy with it. Some things I love, some things I don’t, but it was a learning experience.
Here’s a list of things I learned along the way:
1. Live with your layout…for awhile.
You may remember the awful picture of paper bags on my walls that I posted last week. It seems silly, but it’s my #1 “must-do” piece of advice. I lived with the paper cut-outs of my picture frames for almost a week, and continuously tweaked them until I got them just how I liked them. I would literally walk by and just move one up an inch, and then twenty minutes later move the same one again down an inch, but I thought of them as a giant puzzle. I knew eventually I would get the pieces just right.
2. Don’t be afraid to mix frame sizes, shapes, and styles.
I say this for two reasons. The first being I like the look of it. But second, by mixing the frames together, this picture wall can easily grow with your family. If all of the frames are the same, in a few months when you’d like to add more pictures, you may have trouble finding those frames again. If you already have an eclectic mix, a different frame can easily fit in.
3. Consider the architecture surrounding your wall.
This picture wall is along a staircase, and I liked the look of the pictures moving up along the steps. I don’t think putting them in a straight line, or a box formation would have worked given the stairs. Plus, this “mosaic” formation will again make expanding the picture wall and adding more frames much easier.
*A Little Something Extra*
You may also notice these pictures are not in traditional mats. Most of these frames were grabbed out of my mother’s trash can, so I had to get creative with how I was going to show off the pictures. You can find a full how-to on how to mount the pictures to both the fabric “mat” and cork tile in my latest piece in the Berlin Patch: How To Turn A Simple Frame Into A Showcase For Family Photos.
Nikki, In Stitches