DIY · House Makeover

It’s Alive! – Dining Room Gallery Wall Reveal

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:

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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.  20140525_212026

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!

Linking to WOW us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

8 thoughts on “It’s Alive! – Dining Room Gallery Wall Reveal

  1. This is amazing. I don’t think I have a decorators bone in my body but after seeing this I am inspired. Having moved to a place not previously lived in by my sister, I hadn’t the least Idea what to do to make it homely. I hung curtains and that’s pretty much it. But now I know that some uniquely arranged pictures can make a world of difference.

    1. Wow, what an excited comment! I humbly accept it as a highest praise, my dear! Welcome to my blog – I hope you stick around as I am just aboit to start posting again and I have a TON of home decorating and makeover projects to share 🙂

      1. I am kinda not new to your blog. I just fell off the scene for a while. You even had a baby and moved to the states. Wow, so much as changed and your blog as grown so much as well. I will definitely be looking out for more.

  2. Terrific, Jouena ! – I’ll bet you’re REALLY chuffed! – and so you should be ! The change just by putting gallery on a wall is amazing .

      1. You want to discuss taking photos with ME ?? – yer off yer head, woman ! I am the world’s WORST ! [grin]

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