Let me start by saying THANK YOU to everyone who left such sweet comments both here on the blog and on social media about our One Room Challenge reveal.
Aside from a few not-so-nice comments, most of the feedback was incredible. To my surprise, the most commented-on feature of the living room wasn’t the renovated fireplace, or the linen Chesterfield sofa, or the cowhide rug.
The most commented-on feature was the wraparound gallery wall.
The decision to wrap the gallery wall around the corner was totally last-minute, and for a solid second I thought, “Am I crazy? Is this weird?”
Even though the answer to both of those questions is still a resounding yes, I’m certain you’ll agree the wall(s) actually came out quite lovely, yes?
There’s a lesson here somewhere – like, you gotta risk it to get the biscuit – or whatever.
So, let’s talk about why the wraparound gallery wall works in this space:
- adds dimension to the room,
- creates a more cohesive transition from wall to wall,
- eliminates an otherwise awkward, empty corner,
- ties in the other black and white elements in the room,
- great way to cover a lot of space, and
- holds some of our favorite travel memories and serves as a great conversation starter for new visitors.
Recreating it is super simple, although who am I to talk – the husband did all the physical labor. The trickiest part is aligning all of the frames, but I’m here to tell you that if we can do it at 4 o’clock in the morning the night before the One Room Challenge reveal, then so can you!
framed & matted includes all necessary hardware for the custom frames, so you’ll only need the following supplies:
- masking tape
- measuring tape
- thin drywall nails
I started by narrowing the 11,000 photos down to 8, which was no easy task. Once I chose my favorite eight destinations, I used the customization tool on the framed & matted website to upload my photos and see how they will look with a custom frame and mat.
Here’s what I loved about the customization tool on framedandmatted.com:
- Get a real-life, 3D rendering of how your photos will appear in the custom frame.
- Choose from 14 frame options and 30 mat colors, so the possibilities are endless.
- framed & matted instantly calculates how large the finished product will be, depending on the dimensions of your chosen frame and mat(s).
I originally planned to install the gallery wall above our Chesterfield sofa, which, in the initial design plan, was supposed to be against the longest wall in the living room. With that in mind, I wanted the two rows of frames to extend from the top of the sofa nearly to the ceiling for maximum effect.
Once I uploaded my photos, selected the frame (Addison), mat size (2 inches), and mat color (white ice), the website calculated the size of the finished artwork. I then measured and taped out the exact size on the wall with masking tape to see if the sizing would work. If I thought the size was too large or too small, I would simply hit the back button and alter the dimensions to calculate a new size.
Here are a few more tips and tricks to help you recreate this look in your own home:
- When choosing photos or artwork, decide on a color palette. I chose classic black and white photos because I didn’t want an abundance of color to detract from the symmetry and the massive size of the gallery wall, because that made enough of a statement.
- When narrowing down the 11,000 photos, I made sure to choose a variety of images. Even though the subject matter is the same – travel destinations, I chose a few landscapes, various architecture, as well as close-up details like the elaborate Versailles door in the bottom right. Featuring a variety of perspectives added visual interest to the gallery wall.
- When choosing the mat, keep in mind the following guidelines: A mat-less frame provides a more modern, minimalist look. An oversized mat is the easiest way to make a big impact with a small photo or piece of art. The “white ice” mat is an easy way to make your photos or artwork look more expensive.
So, what do you think? Is the process fairly easy? Would you ever consider installing a wraparound gallery wall in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments, below.
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