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Do you have boring blank walls because you just don’t know where to start? That’s how I felt when I moved in. Then, I began to think of it like a blank canvas to create whatever I wanted. It turns out here’s nothing but endless possibilities. Over a few years, it grew and grew — now it’s huge, like floor-to-ceiling-and-wraps-around-to-the-next-wall, huge.

I knew I wanted to create a gallery wall that not only shows off my family pictures, but features positive quotes and funny sayings, too. I used a ton of different frames, and mixed in canvas, a neon light and letter lite box to top off my signature personality. I also added in little shelves to display plants, candles and fun trinkets.

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There’s a few ways you can start off. You can begin with the biggest, boldest piece for the eye to focus on, and then have the other artwork scatter from there. Or you can start off with a grouping of three or a grid of four — keep it simple and keep it eye level to slowly start growing your wall.

It can get pretty pricey if you try to do it all at once. For me, shopping at HomeGoods was the best thing for my budget. They have an amazing variety of frames, canvas and accessories for my console. I even picked up clearance frames and sprayed them black to match.

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Creating a gallery wall is a great way to bring in your own personality to show off you! Whether it’s your family, your friends, pictures of places you never want to forget, typography prints with fun quotes or posters you’ve saved forever, there’s no wrong in design. Just have fun with it and do what you love. If it feels right to you then do it! Isn’t that the way everything in life should be?

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Frames: When picking out frames try using a variety of sizes. Mix different frames like wood and metal, glass and mirror frames in varying shapes for interest.

Canvas: Using canvas is not only fun, but easy! You don’t need to print out pictures; you just hang it up! But I recommend not using too many on any one wall.

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Clipboards: These are an awesome way to show off kids’ artwork. I have a few on my wall and love them. Not only do they make it easier to hang prints, but there’s no hassle then changing them out for something new.

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Shelves: Show off your favorite things with shelves. You can find them in all colors and sizes. I have smaller wood and copper shelves that hold only one thing, but I also love the look of a long shelf with a bunch of frames leaning on the wall. There are so many fun options.

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Photo by Panimation Studios

Photo by Panimation Studios

Photo by Panimation Studios

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While it takes time to stick with a theme for your gallery wall, have fun while you grow it! It will soon become a home for all of your favorite memories.

You can view more of Tamara Lee’s work at Designs by Tamara Lee.


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