JUST START HANGING

I helped a new client today. We picked out a dining room paint color and I hung some charming family photos in an upstairs hallway. It was a great way to start my morning and it reminded me of a recent conversation. 

Several months ago oijoyphoto asked if I had any tutorials on frame walls...aka gallery walls. I told her I didn't but that my mantra is JUST START HANGING. She thought that was good advice and today that is just what I did.

Here is the hallway before I got started. 

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My client had a collection of beautifully framed family photos in varying sizes and tones. Even though several matching frames could have been hung as sets I decided it best to mix and match and make the wall feel organic...especially since the rest of the space had so many hard lines. 

After that...I JUST STARTED HANGING. I grabbed a larger long frame and hung it a little above eye level under the window. And then I worked my way down the hall from there. I know it sounds too simple. No cutting paper bags, or pre-drilling holes. But over the years I have found it the best remedy for overcoming nail hole phobia. Is that an official thing? And it makes the collection feel wonderfully imperfect...and well...collected. 

An hour later....

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Yes, I've had a few years of 'experience' working on this sort of thing, but even today I had to move a few frames. And guess what. The holes don't show. JUST START HANGING. 

Here is another client. They wanted to fill this hallway with family photos and treasures. 

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So I did. I grabbed a frame and hung it. And then I grabbed another and hung it next to it. 

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I follow the same manta in my own home. This is the first gallery wall I tackled...in our Minneapolis home...with a friend...who had done one before. :) Baby steps.

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Here is our current living room. I tried the 'situation' on the left but it felt off from the beginning. 

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So I changed it...and guess what. There are a few holes showing. :) All fixable. 

Colonial living room with classic oil portrait of mother and child.

Here is our hearth last winter. I threw up the weasel picture when we first moved in but again it always felt off...small mostly. But even the mat color didn't feel right for the brick.

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Then I found this print at an estate sale and knew the perfect spot. I love how the color and proportions work better with the space. 

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And finally our back stairway. A few months ago I toured a house with art up and down several of their staircases. It felt intimate, personal, and casual. I immediately came home and JUST STARTED HANGING. I have plans to continue to the top landing and through the hallway, but for now I love how it feels. 

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So there you go. Next time you have nail hole phobia...JUST START HANGING. 

Anne Golliher1 Comment