Monday, July 23, 2012

A picture is worth 1000 words - Part I

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend. My mum has been visiting this past week and we did a couple DIYs this weekend that I'll be sharing soon but they're not quite done. ALSO...I attended the Social Capital Conference here in Ottawa. It was a social media conference where I was armed with my business cards and laptop. I met great people in the social media world, learned a ton about blogging, made some great connections and got inspired to grow Keep it Beautiful.

Sooo...lets talk about today's post...

Do you have favourite photos stored on your computer or hanging out on a shelf in a photo album? Its time to get those beautiful photos on your walls to display the people and things in your life that you are most proud of.

A few of you have asked me to do a post on how to arrange photos in your home with a "gallery" feel. So, let's talk tips and tricks on how to make your gallery of beautiful photos shine on your walls.


Think about what look you are going for in your gallery? Do you want to display family? friends? a theme (ie: a holiday)? do you want them in B&W? colour? a mixture?


If you already have a mix of frames that you want to use, but they happen to be all different colours and sizes, that's okay. My suggestion is to pick up a can of spray paint and spray them all the same colour. Even though the frames are different shapes and sizes, the fact that they are now the same colour will create cohesion. For example:

3. Have a plan

You definitely need a plan. Otherwise, you'll end up with lots of holes in the walls and a mish-mash of chaos.

Do you want all the same size frames? Different sized frames? Will you be mixing the frames with other pieces? Are you hanging the frames on the wall? On a wall shelf? Here is some inspiration...

Here is a great guide for ideas...

A gallery wall up the stairs can be tricky. Here are some ideas! I find that having equal separation between the frames guarantees a fab look!

Here is my stairway gallery that goes up to my third floor...

These are some other gallery walls in my house...

3. Make Templates

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP! Essentially, trace your frames onto paper and move them around on your walls until you get the perfect look that you want. Once your frames are in place, you can hammer the nail right through the paper, remove the paper and hang your frame!

Sooo, overall...

take the time to research what style of gallery you are going for, choose your favourite photos, personalize it, make templates, take your time and you will have a fresh.fabulous.sophisticated gallery wall that will make your heart sing every time you walk by!!

Heads UP!! This week I'm hoping to feature a fab local photographer who's photos will make you smile! You'll be wanting to ask her to take your photos for your new gallery wall!

Keep it Beautiful.

Twitter: @keepitbeautifu1


  1. Wow, they all look great!! Our gallery is a mish mash of frames that I've never really liked the look of. Love your idea of painting them all one colour! Will look into this more, as well as the layout. Because these are photos that deserve a good showing.
    Debbie :)

  2. Now all I have to do is convince Rasbdel that everything doesn't have to be in a straight line! : )

    Great tips Alicia! Love the paper idea first!


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