This Beginner’s Guide To Creating A Picture Wall

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 PatchHow To Turn A Simple Frame Into A Showcase For Family Photos.


Nikki, In Stitches

Added Later: The picture wall made the move with us! Take a peek at how it looks now!

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3 Responses to This Beginner’s Guide To Creating A Picture Wall

  1. Nikki, this post is AWESOME, thank you!!! I have been wanting to attempt a picture wall for awhile! Your tips are just the push and advice I needed!

  2. brenda says:

    Nikki, this post is great! I was going to show you a photo of my picture wall — but that technology thing is going crazy for me too — instead of importing just the few recent pictures I took my computer wants to import ALL 736!!! I do NOT need them repeated – soon as I figure it out I’ll send a pic 🙂

  3. Amy Lonergan says:

    I have been meaning to do a picture wall for our staircase too, since we moved in (2007) and even more so since grace was born (2009). This is great motivation, and I LOVE the paper bag idea.

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