Gallery Wall, fo' sure.

Remember this post? I was back and forth about whether a wall of photos behind the tv would be a good or bad thing. Enter a highly technical method of taping sheets of copy paper into 11x14 rectangles and tacking them to the wall. Ta-da, a gallery wall mock up.

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I think I love it. The only things holding me back are a) the daunting task of getting it all perfectly straight and b) selecting 18 of my favorite B&W photos. Must psych myself up for the challenge.

54 comments:

  1. Emily A. Clark9:07 AM

    Love how this looks. I've been thinking of changing the gallery wall behind my TV to something more symmetrical (and larger) like this. I'm with you, though---hanging that many frames perfectly keeps getting pushed down farther and farther on my to do list. You go first so I will be inspired :)

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  2. Kirsten Krason9:08 AM

    What a great idea. I think it's going to look awesome.

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  3. Jill Stigs9:08 AM

    OH yeah................it's gonna be awesome. Two words..........laser level. Woo hoo, can't wait to see it done.

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  4. Melissa @ HOUSEography9:09 AM

    Get yourself a laser level and everything will end up perfect :)

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  5. I think it's going to look fabulous! My only question... are they going to be centered on the wall - will there be the same blank wall space on the right and left?

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  6. Love the idea....and overwhelming YES....The hanging is always a nightmare....but so worth it....xv

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  7. Martha9:38 AM

    This is going to look great!!! Not only use the laser level but buy the 3M frame strips to keep everything straight all the time. : )

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  8. Love this! I've wanted to do something similar on the big wall behind our giant a$$ tv, maybe to draw attention away from the eyesore! The hardest part will be choosing your favorites!

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  9. modern_jane9:55 AM

    I think it would be amazing! I love this look.. definitely work the time and patience it may take! I say go for it:)

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  10. It's going to look great! Do you know that type of pictures you are going to put up yet? I.e. , detail shots, landscapes, family pictures, or a mix?

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  11. Bekwales9:56 AM

    Cool! I would never have thought to hang things all around the TV like that, but it makes perfect sense. There ought to be something interesting to look at on the TV wall when the tube is off, right?

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  12. I love it! I'm almost embarrassed to say that I use a professional picture hanger, especially for jobs like this. He does it so quickly and perfectly that it is worth the cost! My one tip would be to use the 3M Command Frame Stabilizer Strips at the bottom of the frames. It will keep them from getting knocked "off level." It drives me crazy to be constantly straightening frames, and this works like a champ!

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  13. and kathleen10:03 AM

    Oooh, I love it too!

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  14. Nursemail200410:17 AM

    Cant wait to see! LOVE your driftwood/tree truck side table. Is it a DIY?? Been contemplating making one...hmmmm LOVE IT!

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  15. Sixtyfifthavenue10:20 AM

    Oh this is going to be fabulous!! We used the 3m thingys to hang our gallery walls, love them.
    http://sixtyfifthavenue.blogspot.com/2010/10/photo-wall-in-dining-room.html

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  16. I think this is a great way of incorporating your flat TV in as a sort of art piece and not letting it dominate the wall whether it's on or off.

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  17. Jill Stigs10:36 AM

    http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2010/08/stump-is-fun-to-say.html

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  18. Janell Beals10:38 AM

    This will be striking!! Janell

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  19. Lavender & Lilies11:02 AM

    I love it! It would be daunting to get them all perfect but it will look great!

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  20. I've been wanting to do this in my master bedroom! Love the way you taped the paper up to see how it will look! Cant wait to see it finished!!!

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  21. LOVE this. Our downstairs is just one big space with our dining and family room and I've been trying to figure out ways to decorate and pull it all together while still differentiating the spaces and this would be a great option!

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  22. I think it's going to look amazing!!! Cannot wait to see what art you choose.

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  23. Janesnextdoor12:58 PM

    It's nothing a good level and measuring tape can't handle! Looks great!

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  24. MrsLimestone1:54 PM

    I think Im going to stick to all black and white photos - but maybe a mix of topics. Im pretty critical of my own photos so picking 18 won't be easy.

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  25. MrsLimestone1:56 PM

    Im centering on the tv rather than the wall since I think that makes the uneven space on left and right a little less noticeable. The room is a bit more open on the left anyway so I don't think it will be an issue. (But if I had known I was going to do this all along I might have put the tv a bit more to the left) Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.

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  26. MrsLimestone1:56 PM

    Thanks Jill!

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  27. Go for it! I can imagine how beautiful and show stopping it will be!

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  28. Paula2:52 PM

    It will look absolutely amazing!

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  29. Swanwhitecurtain2:57 PM

    That's going to look AWESOME!

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  30. Jaimee3:00 PM

    Love it, love it, love.

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  31. PaperCourtPress5:14 PM

    I just hung a small gallery and used the 3M command strips on our plaster walls. It made hanging the cheap IKEA frames straight and level so much easier!

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  32. I think it'll look incredible!

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  33. Athoughtfulplaceblog6:45 PM

    This will look amazing. Wanting to rearrange one I already have and this is great.

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  34. BTLover28:03 PM

    Did you ever find a good source for picture frames? I'm doing the same sort of thing but finding frames is tough. I'm picky about my frames and mats but also frugal. Any suggestions? BTW, your wall is going to look absolutely smashing!!

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  35. love this!!! will be so fabulous!! (and just love all the colors & feel of the room!)

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  36. Paisleypenguin11:27 PM

    I think this will be great! Can't wait to see your B&W choices!

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  37. I contemplated doing something like this in our home but thought it would be too distracting. I'm interested to see how it turns out--you can make it work...I'm sure!

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  38. Kate S.1:44 PM

    Ooh, I really love that you're doing big prints and ignoring the television! That's going to be gorgeous!

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  39. Riviera Brides6:49 PM

    Love this post and your blog. Too bad you never followed back :(
    All the best
    http://www.rivierabrides.com

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  40. MrsLimestone7:19 PM

    Thanks for reading. Not sure what you mean by following back.

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  41. Wow - it's going to look great! Can't wait to see!

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  42. fivestarfinds.blogspot.com12:28 AM

    oh, I simply cannot wait for the after pic. I am certain it will make all of your efforts validated. good stuff.

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  43. Lisaroy8:18 AM

    I love this! Especially that the frames almost sit behind the tv. Will you use black frames?

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  44. I love it! I've been totally paralyzed when it comes to my big wall behind my flat-screen TV, too. I can't wait to see what it looks like when you're done - but I agree with your approach - the paper on the walls is my tried-and-true method for deciding on a gallery wall. GOOD LUCK!

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  45. Desiree6:44 PM

    What a great way to mock up a gallery wall. Simple and effective...bravo!

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  46. Carlaschmidty11:17 PM

    I did this in my house & it really makes the tv disappear. So much better. www.atalentedhome.com go to our house tab

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  47. Hi there, I got this tool for a Christmas gift last year and live by it. PIcture hanging has never been so easy. Now printing and framing the photos, that's my weekness.

    http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CatalogSearchResultView?D=900993&Ntt=900993&catalogId=10051&langId=-15&storeId=10051&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntx=mode+matchall&N=0&Ntk=P_PartNumber

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  48. Kirsten2:27 AM

    Pretty much perfection! Can't wait to see the "after".

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  49. MrsLimestone10:11 AM

    I think so. I wouldnt mind gray ones but black ones are so much easier to find and Im too lazy to paint them :)

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  50. Melissa5:54 PM

    2 words: Cobra Tacks! I have gotten them at Lowes. They are wonderful. You screw them into your frame (2 per frame, at each top corner) and then just push into the wall where you want it. They are like push pins on steroids. Your pictures are exactly where you want them and stay straight. Use these with a level and it will be perfect!!!!

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  51. MrsADS1:25 AM

    Not sure what you have planned for frames, but I think this looks great: http://www.lonnymag.com/issues/16-march-april-2011-issue/pages/1#p66

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  52. Ms_Bright10:26 AM

    This will be amazing when completed. I'm so glad you decided to go for it!

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  53. For me it's a good idea! You can put in some colorful photos to add up some happy mood on your living room.

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  54. Anonymous2:33 PM

    Now you have a photo of your wall why not use photoshop or similar to 'arrange' your possible photos and check out ho it looks. If you made each one a layer you could shuffle them around as much as you liked.

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