My recent de-cluttering spate has made me realise that I am holding onto a lot of “outdated stuff” in the pictures and photos I have adorning my walls. They are of places I used to live and remind me of people I used to be with but have moved on from now. So I am wondering if these are keeping me a bit “stuck” and I need to replace them with new images of where I want to go and what I want to be, rather than where and what I used to be. All of which has prompted me to think of creating a Gallery Wall above my dining table.
I do have an eternal love for Paris and London, so even though I have been there many times before (and used to live over there) I think the images of there are “neutral” enough to have in my gallery, and indeed are places I would love to visit again. So the Eiffel Tower and similar seem to evoke positive and happy thoughts and would be fine to add to my gallery.
In the above blog entry Lauren Conrad takes you through how to create a gallery wall, so I will just show the end result of mine whenever it is finally done. But the main take away from her posting is that the most time consuming part of installing your own gallery is getting together the artwork that you love and want to use.
In Feng Shui terms my dining room is in the ‘Children and Creativity’ bagua section of my living room, but since I don’t have children I will focus on the creativity side. If I seek out artwork that inspires my creativity and reflects my love of colour it should also promote the direction I want to take with my life.
I love how the images in the pictures on this wall pick out all the colours in the rug. Perfect colour symmetry, and that of course appeals to my senses as a colour designer.
My natural instincts draw me to the formal symmetry of having a wall of pictures all in the same size and hung in a perfect grid pattern. But my reality is that I have double brick walls and need to use a hammer drill to drill the holes every time I want to have a picture (I do love letting people know that I am a woman living on her own and not only do I possess a hammer drill, but I am competent at using it!). However getting perfect alignment for even one row of pictures is an impossible task, so getting three rows aligned? Forget that!
This one is very clever in the way the pictures stagger up in a similar form as the stairs. And so awesomely precise. But it does make me wonder how many ‘mistake holes’ there are behind all that lot! And I don’t have stairs so I will leave that for another house.
I think I will aim for something like this or in the first image, perhaps fitting them all into a rectangle overall but having different shapes and sizes within that.
Another interesting thing to do is frame and hang collections of similar items. This image of antique keys is fun, but doesn’t really fit with my décor. Great in an old house though.
As would be a collection of Venetian masks. I do in fact have three small masks but they are framed all together in a box frame. If I ever go back to Venice I will make sure I buy another six or nine to make for an interesting collection. Though I expect the cost of framing them all would be similar to spending a week in Venice!
So now all I need to do is source a bunch of inspirational and colourful artworks and images, buy them, get them framed, and then create my own wonderful Gallery Wall. If I get all that done by this time next year it will give me something to aim for!