Black & White Gallery Wall

Black & White Gallery WallA couple weeks ago I showed you how easy it was to Create Meaningful Decor with Shutterfly, it featured my new gallery wall with some really fun pieces I created specifically for the space.  Today I’m sharing some quick tips for creating a great gallery wall and all the rest of the details of my Black & White Gallery Wall.  

A gallery wall can be full of collected items centered around a particular theme, or it can feature items that are more sentimental and personal.  If you are going for a gallery wall centered around a theme consider collecting items that focus on a certain color palette, unique items that will add character to the space, and items that have different shapes and sizes.  A gallery wall that is more sentimental will feature more personal items like family photos, and family mementos all while still keeping in mind that you should have a variety of sizes to work with when placing items together.  

Black & White Gallery WallMy gallery wall is located in my entryway which also happens to be a part of my craft studio.  I kept the color pallet simple with black, white, and wood tones.  

One of the focal points of my new gallery wall is the black and white feather prints I printed at Shutterfly. Like I mentioned in my previous post, each feather represents each of my sons.  I love the brush marks, and small Aztec details they have.

Black & White Gallery WallAnother one of my favorite parts is the huge number sign.  This was actually a project we made at a local craft night I hosted last year, it was a project guest’s could purchase and craft that night. The number 4 represents my sweet little family and it’s precious to me.  

Black & White Gallery WallSince this wall sits across from where I work most days in my craft studio I wanted it to motivate me with the items I placed in the design.  The giant key is from Target a year or two ago, it’s huge and it’s amazing…it reminds me of unlocking my dreams.  Another fun piece is the “hello” sign from Hobby Lobby, it’s perfect in this spot.

The small hexagon sign with our family initial was a dollar store sign that said “fresh eggs”, but the shape was perfection so I painted it with some chalk paint and added some black vinyl with a fun font.  The font I used for it is called Homestead Display.

Small clipboards I found at OfficeMax were perfect added into the mix, I just painted the clips on the board gold with some spray paint and added some prints I created.  The Aztec print and Inspirational quote will be available below for download if you’d like your own to print.

Black & White Gallery WallThe small cow skull is a Goodwill find turned awesome with some spray paint.  He’s one of my favorite things, I’ve held on to him for several years in hopes he’d find a home on my walls someday.

Black & White Gallery WallBlack & White Gallery WallI styled the entry table with simple decor as to not take away from the gallery wall.  A geometric terrarium from World Market filled with white gravel and faux succulents, and a stack of my favorite vintage childrens books and a small wood bowl (Goodwill find).

Black & White Gallery WallA small concrete planter with more faux succulents sit on the other side of the table.  I love this little plant, it’s simple and the perfect height for this table.

The custom candle was another Shutterfly project I created with a simple quote.  That cute Stenciled Wood Box is an old project, also a Goodwill find made even better with paint.

Black & White Gallery WallPutting together a gallery wall doesn’t have to be stressful.  If you have trouble with placement of items or you are unsure of how things should look try tracing all your objects and items on wrapping paper or butcher paper.  Then cut it out and tape them to your wall where you want them.  If you’re like me then you just lay it out on the floor and hammer the nails in the wall as you go.

Be sure to keep all items equally spaced if possible.  You don’t want the items to be too close, but they shouldn’t be more than 2″ apart from each other.  I typically prefer asymmetrical designs when planning a gallery wall, not everything has to line up.  As long as it’s spaced properly an asymmetrical design can be perfection.  For my wall, I wanted more of a symmetrical design which is not what I would normally do, but I felt with this huge wall and entry table it needed to be aligned with the table.  

Don’t hesitate to play around with your design, move things around until you get the look you want.  It took me a couple try’s before I got the final look I wanted, and I’m so happy with how it turned out.  It’s one of my favorite home decor projects to date.

Black & White Gallery WallHere is a complete list of sources for all the items shown above:

Feather Graphics for Artwork- Creative Market
Metal Feather Art Prints – Shutterfly
Hello Sign – Hobby Lobby
Arrow Wood Sign – Hobby Lobby
Number 4 Sign – Lolly Jane
Giant Wood Key – Target (2 years ago)
Mini Cow Skull – Goodwill
Mini Arrow – DIY’d
Aztec Printable – Download HERE
Inspirational Quote Printable – Download HERE
Custom Candle – Shutterfly
Geometric Terrarium – World Market

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    • craftedsparrow says

      Thank you so much Katie! That means so much to hear, I’m so touched that people love it as much as I do! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  1. Karen says

    Hello. I love your gallery wall! I downloaded your feather prints and attempted to make the metal prints in shutterfly. It’s telling me my resolution is too low. Is there something I’m doing wrong? Thank you!

    • craftedsparrow says

      Hi Karen. I don’t remember having that issue, but I think what I might have done is enlarged the files to 7200 x 3000 in photoshop. I looked on my hard drive and found those two feather designs saved separately in a larger size than they originally came. I wish I could remember if I did this for sure, but I honestly don’t remember if that’s what I did to get it larger for printing or not. It’s worth a shot. When I tried to upload those files again to Shutterfly and reprint them it didn’t give me any resolution issues so that might be it. Let me know if that works. 🙂

    • craftedsparrow says

      Hi Nikki, Thanks so much! The entry table is from a local AZ furniture store that went out of business about 10 years ago. 🙂


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