A 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.
My 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.
Another 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.
Since 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.
The 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.
I 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).
A 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.
Putting 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.
Here 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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Hannah Hathaway says
Thanks for featuring my feather artwork! I LOVE how it looks printed. Just might have to use it in my home decor too! XO
Thanks again Hannah! They honestly were exactly what I was looking for and fit perfectly with the look I wanted! You’re so talented! 🙂
Pam Whitney says
Hi Hannah! I am obsessed with these feathers. How can I get them?
Hi Pam! Aren’t they awesome?! You can actually pay for the images on CreativeMarket.com and upload them to Shutterfly for printing. 🙂
where can the feathers prints be purchased? I love those & have been looking for just that!
Hi Teresa, they are actually custom made. I purchased the artwork from creativemarket.com and printed them at Shutterfly.com https://www.shutterfly.com/home-decor/metal-prints/gallery-panoramic-metal-wall-art?productCode=1104439&categoryCode=1104680&skuCode=1104441
Hope that helps. 🙂
Jen @ Fresh Crush says
Wow, this is gorgeous! And, right up my alley — totally obsessed with black and white. Great job!
Thank you so much Jen! Have an amazing weekend! 🙂
Katie @ Little House of Four says
Okay, I think this is now my favorite gallery wall! I love all the black and white, wood tones and textures. It’s beautiful!
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. 🙂
Cynthia Banessa says
thanks for sharing, I love your wall gallery!
Thank you Cynthia, hope you have a great week! 🙂
I am in love with your gallery wall. Gives me great inspiration to finish mine.
Thank you so much Tiffany! Hope you have an amazing week! 🙂
Candy Vazquez says
Are the feathers printed in canvas or regular paper? I love this by the way. You did an amazing job!
Thanks so much Candy. The feather prints are actually printed on 10 x 24 metal prints from Shutterfly. 🙂
Genius! My family number is 4 too! I love all of the different elements you used to create this stunning display!
Thank you so much Trina! Isn’t that 4 awesome, it’s one of my faves! Have a great week.
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!
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. 🙂
I will try that. Thanks!
Beautiful! I love it. Can you tell me where you got the side board dresser in this design?
Hi Nikki, Thanks so much! The entry table is from a local AZ furniture store that went out of business about 10 years ago. 🙂
Candace Davis says
I am looking for a space filler for my wall. What is that located above the 3 arrows pictures? It’s perfect for what I’m looking for.
Hi, it’s actually a piece of dried cactus. You can find them all over the desert. 🙂