As we did not go travelling over the Memorial Weekend, I used the time off to catch up on some projects I had been itching to start and complete for a while. One of such was to add life to our dining room. It is a large practically useless completely lifeless space in the middle (well, almost) of the house. Why useless? Because being a family of two young adults, we could not care less for eating in our dining room! However, it is a room we walk through every day and it has all the potential to be an eye-candy, if not particularly useful. This is our poor dining room in its lifeless misery:
I have been itching to add personality to it since we moved in 6 months ago. But as you all know, decoration projects do not come easy. By the way, the story of that plate is here.
Easter gave me a wonderful opportunity to add some color and life:
I think, one of the most tested and proven ways to add life to any space is a gallery wall. And this is exactly what I set up setting up this past weekend! It took a bit of frames collecting and a lot of Pinterest browsing.
Staging the gallery wall required a practical approach. This is what the process looked like, stage by stage:
Guess, which of the layouts is the winner?
Then there was cutting and sticking. Cut the shapes of the frames out any paper (or even plastic bags!) and stick them (with a painter’s tape, no pins or scotch tape!) to the wall in approximately the layout you have chosen. Stick, take a step back, observe and absorb. You have got to find the perfect distance between the frames in proportion to the wall and the room as a whole. I got to the point of satisfaction in about four attempts of shifting the stuck papers-frames closer or further from each other.
And here is the great reveal:
The next step is adding custom drapery!
A couple of tips that I found helpful (some of them might be ridiculously obvious, but nevertheless):
1. Contour the frames on a piece of paper to have an ideal imprint to work with.
2. If you have different frames, I suggest write a name/mark on every paper-frame, otherwise you will quickly loose track of which goes where.
3. To make your orientation easier, mark the center of your entire wall. I have also drawn thin pencil horizontal and vertical lines dividing the space exactly in the middle. It helped a lot to position the frames on equal distances from each other!
4. Proportion creates a real classy look. Even half-inch deviation from the chosen ideal spoils the effect. Measure the distance between the frames carefully and stick to it after you have chosen your layout.
Enjoy the effect a simple change has on our surroundings!
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