Welcome to the new year! With the arrival of 2017 comes many resolutions and ideas on how we can make this year even better than the last. While I have made many of my own New Year’s resolutions, I’m also reflecting on some of the projects and accomplishments I made in 2016.
Last year, I decided that I was finally going to do something to decorate the walls in my living room. When we moved into our apartment, over 2 ½ years ago, I wasn’t thrilled with the brown walls and vowed to do something about it. After over a year and a half of complaining and brainstorming, I finally did something!
After much thought and vetoed possibilities from my boyfriend and the property manager, I decided to create a gallery wall on my living room. This option allowed me to not only cover the offending brown colored wall, but also to add character to our living room by combining both mine and my boyfriend’s aesthetics.
A gallery wall is an eye-catching design technique used to display a variety of décor all in one place. Instead of hanging one picture or one wall hanging on the wall, a gallery wall design displays multiple pieces, all on one wall, much like in an art gallery.
To get started with this project, I needed to measure my living room wall. Knowing how much space I had to work with, made it easier to plan my wall design. After measuring, I had to decide on the design of the gallery wall. Two of the most commonly used gallery walls designs are:
After looking at my décor, I decided to go with the ‘Contained Space’ option for my design layout. With that in mind, I gathered my assorted wall décor to see what would fit on my wall. Before I started hammering into my wall, I decided to buy butcher paper. I then cut the paper into the shapes of my décor and hung it with painter’s tape on my wall. This was the easiest way for me to visualize all the pieces on the gallery wall, as a whole. Using the butcher paper cutouts also made it easy for me to move pieces around and allowed me to see if I needed to fill any gaps or find pieces to bring mine and my boyfriend’s design aesthetics together.
Because my boyfriend and I are two very different people, it was a challenge for me to figure out how to combine his sports memorabilia with my artsy/retro décor. After much trial and error, I decided to group pieces by color on the wall.
With the color theme in mind, I set off to the thrift store to find frames and small pieces that would tie the wall together. Now, I’m not going to lie, this took quite a few trips and a bit of searching to find what I was looking for, so don’t think you can do this all in one day. Because my search took quite a bit of time, I ended up hanging up the larger pieces on my wall and then slowly filled in the spaces with the needed colors and pieces as I found them.
The entire wall took me over three months to finish, but in the end, it was all worth it. The process not only made me visualize and plan, but also made me think about what was important to me and my boyfriend.
As you start off 2017 make sure to reflect on what is important to you and how you can make an impact on the things and people that matter in your life.
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Guest blog written by social media volunteer Melissa.
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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