Taylor and I moved into our apartment two and a half years ago. I can’t believe how quickly time flies! I also can’t believe how much work we still have to put into our place! I’ve been planning on doing a gallery wall in my office since we moved in but couldn’t decide on what prints, colours, theme and frames. As you can probably already tell, I am super indecisive. I finally told myself earlier this year that enough is enough so when I came across these prints from Etsy Canada, I knew I was on the right track and could not be more excited to share them with you!
Choosing My Prints For My Gallery Wall
Being the indecisive person that I am, it took me a while to decide on which prints I wanted to include in our gallery wall. It’ll probably take you some time to find prints that you love as well, but take your time and enjoy the process. I knew I wanted some prints to represent us and also stick to a colour/theme.. pink lol.
Here were my picks:
1. The first piece I had my eye on was Le Grand Fromage because who doesn’t want to be the big cheese? I love the orange typography on pink background. It’s simple but quirky and fun.
2. Nude Female – A pretty and feminine watercolour print. I liked that you could easily tell it’s a nude woman but still tasteful.
3. Paris Vintage Map – Paris was one of the places Taylor and I visited on our honeymoon and one of the places I fell in love with. You guys know how much I LOVE my sweets so when I found this vintage map of Paris that had pretty little drawings of desserts on it.. I was sold!
4. Unicorns / Kitchen Art Print – It wasn’t until about 6 years ago that I discovered my love for cooking and baking and now you can’t get me out of the kitchen! I thought this print was so cute with the unicorn wallpaper, a chocolate cake and the cutest little grey cat that looks like STORM!
5. La Luna – Pink Moon Phases – These cute pink moon phases were created by the same artist who created the Le Grand Fromage.
6. One Line Sparrows Art Print – Taylor’s one contribution to our gallery wall, haha. He loves minimalism so when I came across this original one line art print of sparrows, I knew it was perfect. We have matching sparrow tattoos that we both got after we got married. Sparrows are a symbol of true love and loyalty, they also mate for life!
7. Monstera Plant print – I love the green and coral colour combinations in this print! I usually kill all my plants so at least I know I won’t kill this one haha.
8. Floral Embroidered Piece – My last piece that’s also my favourite! I worked with Courtney who is based in Toronto to design this custom floral embroidered piece. In the centre is our wedding date!
Framing My Prints
In terms of picking out frames for the prints, you can definitely get them framed at a framing shop or at Michaels but I wanted to keep it affordable so I did it myself. It wasn’t too difficult, I knew I wanted a variation of white, light woods and gold frames that would compliment each other. Framing the prints in different colour and sized frames as opposed to identical frames, I feel like it adds more personality to my gallery wall. Here are some of the frames I found at IKEA (white frame and light wood), Indigo (gold frame) and Michaels (white frames).
Arranging My Gallery Wall
After framing all my prints, I laid out my prints on the floor to see how I want my gallery wall to look like before hanging it to the wall. I don’t think there’s any rules to how you should lay them out and how many frames you need, just go with what feels right for you. I measured the width of the wall where I want my gallery wall to be and made sure all the frames fit into that width. I started by laying out the biggest frame (Le Grand Fromage) off-centred and framed the rest of the prints around that. I lined up some of the frames and moved them around to see what looked good to me! I kept the spacing between the frames more or less the same width.
When it was time to hang the pieces, again, I started with the biggest frame and framed the other prints around that one. I used a regular hammer and nail to adhere them to the wall. I’ve seen hacks where, if you don’t want to put holes into your walls, you can also use adhesive strips.
Do you guys have a gallery wall in your home? Have you thought about creating one yourself? Do you have any other tips and tricks? Let me know!