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#3 – GATHER EVERYTHING YOU NEED
It’s a lot easier to create a picture wall when you have access to all the pictures/frames/art etc…. up front.
Now is the time to start looking around the house, or shopping, for the things you will need.
You know roughly what size you will be filling, and the types of frames you are going for, but along with these you will need extra items to do this project: –
- Frames – gather as many as you can, because you may need more than you think, or not use some of them if they don’t work (TIP – you can always buy them and leave them in their packaging – then you can take them back if you don’t use…). I love TKMaxx**/ Homesense for unusual frames at a good price, and you can usually pick up some great finds at Dunelm Mill, Next and John Lewis** as well.
- Pictures (to fill the frames you have). This isn’t crucial at this stage, as you can fill the frames after you have finished – but I find that it’s easier to just get it all done in one go.
- Any other items you want to display – Think about using other items to create a more individual look. Within my own picture wall you saw I used a clock, some large scrabble style wooden tiles, and a light box – so you can be very creative if you want!
- Hanging tools – A tape measure and level are crucial to ensuring you get everything in the right place, but there are various ways to create your wall (which I will go through later in this post), as such you may either want to use nails and a hammer, or you could use the 3M Command hanging strips** as these make it easier to hang things in the right place and don’t leave marks on the wall. Lastly – some large pieces of paper (newspaper would be fine), masking tape, and a pencil will help you get everything in the right place on the wall (and this will be talked about later also).
#4 – MEASURE THE SPACE ON THE WALL THAT YOU WANT TO FILL
I like to create an overall shape on the wall so that visually every frames I put into that shape means that it all works together really well and looks like one piece of art when finished.
I like rectangles or squares for this – but you could go completely random or use a circle/oval style as well – here’s an example of a circle arrangement: –
Once you work out what shape you want on the wall – measure it out and write that down.
#5 – START TO PLAY WITH THE ITEMS SO THAT EVERYTHING FITS
This is the fun bit!
Try out lots of different placements for each frame on the floor (as the floor is easiest to move things around), until you get something that looks right.
You will want to look at the following ideas: –
- If you use different styles of frame, make sure they are spread out evenly over the entire wall
- If you use different sized frames, make sure they are spread out evenly over the entire wall
- Think about the pictures themselves – if you have some colour and some black and white, or some childrens art etc.. – then also look to balance these around the entire wall
So, now you’re ready – you have the tools you need to hang everything, and the design is laid out on the floor – next step – and often where people stumble – is how to successfully transfer the pictures from the floor to the wall and keep them looking amazing…
#6 – FIX THE PICTURES TO THE WALL
There are a few great ways to do this – so I’ll tell you a little about each and you pick what works best for you.
METHOD 1 – BY EYE
I start by turning over all the pictures on the floor so that I can clearly see where the fixings are. This then helps me to measure as I go between each picture.
I start on the top left of the wall and work from there. I use my eye and a little measuring mostly as I have done this a few times (and yes, I do get it wrong a few times, but those holes get hidden in the end ;o) )
I have created a little video of my own picture wall being put up – just so you can see the order it was done – hope this gives a little inspiration!: –
But if you prefer to be a little more accurate – you may like this next idea instead: –
METHOD 2 – USE PAPER TEMPLATES
This YOUTUBE video is a great example of this method – hope it helps!
METHOD 3 – EASIER FIXINGS
As aready said – I really like the 3M Command range of picture hanging items – and use these as well.
They are specifically useful for items without hanging abilities (such as frames meant for standing on a surface rather than wall hung, or other items such as my scrabble tiles that were just blocks of wood).
They also make it really easy as you don’t need to be totally accurate with what you do – and you can make sure the pictures are all exactly in the right place without too much hassle.
Lastly – they don’t leave a hole in the wall – which is great if you are renting or if you are likely to make a few mistakes with your nails and don’t like the idea of lots of extra holes!
(You can see the step by step guide to using these fixings on THIS POST)
AND THAT’S IT!
Actually pretty simple once you get your head around it, and it’s always a great talking point once it’s done.
You can have so many smaller pictures that mean lots to you, and the best thing is that it’s easy to update the pictures as you add new experiences and events into your life etc…
I really hope you love the idea of a picture wall somewhere in your home, and I’d love to know how you get on if you decide to try it!.
For now – let’s recap on the most important tips: –
- Choose a plain wall with lots of space around it so that the pictures become a real feature of the room
- Get the style and look right in terms of frames and pictures that you choose and the overall shape of the picture wall
- Make the picture wall suit the rooms purpose (home office, bedroom, family room etc…)
- Balance different frames/pictures/styles around the picture wall so there isn’t a lot of any one type in any area
- You don’t have to stick to just pictures in frames – think outside the box. I like the idea of using clipboards as well, as these are really easy to display kids artwork and it’s quick to change as they grow up.
Hope you have fun! – and in the meantime, if you’d like even more inspiration for covering your walls – then why not look at the map wallpaper – a really funky talking point that’s a little unusual – CLICK HERE to read more….