{Inspiration Friday} Gallery Walls

gallery wall staircase inspiration

Now that you’ve seen my fancy new staircase and how I did it, I thought you might like to see some beautiful and inspirational photos of other spaces that went in a similar direction.

Do you have a staircase in your home? Or, more importantly, does your staircase have room to walk past hanging frames? (This is critical, as I discovered when I tried to take my comforter downstairs.) If so, here are some examples of staircases filled with goodies!

gallery wall staircase inspiration

gallery wall staircase inspiration frames art going up stairs wall

gallery wall staircase inspiration frames art going up stairs wall

gallery wall staircase inspiration frames art going up stairs wall photographyWalls covered in frames don’t have to be on a staircase. I never dreamed I’d even live in a place with a staircase! (Apartment renters generally don’t find themselves with staircases within their homes.) Galleries can exist very happily on a regular wall.

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photographyYou don’t have to use exclusively framed art or photography in your gallery wall. As you can see, the frames don’t even need to match! You can mix in a few other items to give your gallery a bit of variety.

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography mirrors

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography mirrorAnd who says you even need any frames at all? Why not try a group of plates, or just stick photos on a wall without frames? Magic!

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography plates

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography photosI know that hanging things on a wall can seem very permanent and, therefore, scary. Maybe some of you renters don’t want to fill a wall with holes because your landlord is a meanie. You can easily put up a picture ledge and lean things against the wall, making a few holes instead of many.

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography leaning photo ledge picture

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photographyOr, if you’re as indecisive as I am, you could always mix all these ideas together by hanging a few on the wall, layering some in front using a picture ledge, and putting some on the floor. Why not?

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography leaning photo ledge picture

gallery wall inspiration frames art wall photography leaning photo ledge pictureDoing this adds so much depth and interest to a small space and the best part is you can easily move things around if you get bored with it over time.

Now go, sweet grasshoppers! Be creative this weekend! But don’t forget to send me your before and after photos.

4 thoughts on “{Inspiration Friday} Gallery Walls

  1. College Forever! says:

    I want to do this on the wall behind my couch! I want to try to find different frames and spray paint them all the same color, but so far I haven’t had any luck finding funky (and cheap) frames.

    1. Apartment Envy says:

      OOOOOooooOOOhhh… Spray paint is my favorite! Without having seen your room or your stuff, I’m gonna go ahead and recommend using gold. Gold is fancy and amazing. And who really has a gold frame gallery? NO ONE. Except you! Because you’re that fabulous. And that’s why all the other apartments will be so jealous of yours. Tip: If you haven’t already, check ebay.com, etsy.com, and your local donation centers (like Goodwill or Salvation Army) for frames! Even if it already has art in it, if it’s cheap just take the art out when you get home and put your own stuff in there. And IKEA frames start at $4 each, if you want to do some new and some vintage. Good luck! And send me the before and after photos!

  2. Panzertorte says:

    Thank you for this post, it totally inspired me to create my own gallery in my new apartment. I just finished last night! I took your advice above and spray painted all my frames gold and it looks truly beautiful.

    1. Apartment Envy says:

      That’s AWESOME!! PLEASE send me your photos! I’d love to feature your process (or even just your “after” photos) on the blog!!! The email address is apt{dot}envy{at}gmail{dot}com — or you can email me through the submission form and, after I respond, you can reply and attach your photos!

      This seriously made my day!! :D

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