Have you ever tried to create a stairway gallery wall? All those wonderful pictures on Pinterest make it look so easy, but it really takes a lot of planning. I’ve been killing myself trying to get my stairway gallery wall done because I made the mistake of thinking that the entire wall needed to be done in one day. Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t! It’s o.k. to take your time with it. Don’t believe me? Check out this post on Stone Gable where she explains How to Hang an “As You Go” Gallery Wall Art.
While a gallery wall can definitely be done in a day, I wanted to use things I already owned that had meaning to our family. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough items to fill my wall, which means I’ll need to add new items or make things to fill it in, which is going to take time. Soooooo, I’ve decided to go ahead and show my stairway gallery wall “as is”, even though it’s not completely done.
This is where I got my inspiration from…
I love the casual feel of the wall and the mix of items. Don’t you?
To create my gallery wall, I scoured my home and gathered up items I could use on the wall. Everything that I placed on the way has a special meaning for our family.
Although I had a bunch of different items for the wall, I did try to keep the wall mainly black, white, and neutral with pops of blue that reminded me of the ocean in Hawaii.
Stairway Gallery Wall:
- Ikea frame that has a print out of the Hawaiian Islands, where I’m from, and the date we got married there
- The flag flown on the Arizona Memorial and given to my husband when he retired from the Marines
- Mirror/hook that I’ve been storing for years and LOVE
- Picture of our family
- Shadow box given to my husband at retirement. Can you tell what he did?
- The letter “A” for our last name – there is a letter “A” for each of us
- Picture frame writing board that I use to write notes to my kids – This wood frame was painted black
- Interchangeable wreath that I change for each season/occasion
- Metal candle holder that I purchased years and years ago
- Painted “HOME” word – this is a newly made item and painted white
- DIY wooden arrow with a phrase I love – “follow your arrow wherever it points”
- Heart Keepsake made from my MIL’s old jewelry
- Husband’s old military picture
- Some of my husband’s military medals/awards – painted this frame black
- White key with twine and fabric – new itempainted white with burlap and twine accents
Not too bad for a not quite finished wall that holds a lot of meaning for our family. I plan on adding a few more heart shapes to the wall before it’s done. What do you think so far?
Stairway Gallery Wall Tips:
- Get inspired. If you’re not sure what you want, get ideas from Pinterest, magazines, or elsewhere. Find out if you like an eclectic look or a more uniform and matching look. The main thing is to create a look that YOU like. You can find a ton of gallery walls on my Pinterest Picture and Art Hanging Idea Board. Follow My Pinterventures’s board Home Decor: Picture & Art Hanging Ideas on Pinterest.
- Gather your items. Find pieces that you love and will enjoy looking at on a daily basis.
- Plan a layout. This is really important and you should take your time here to avoid unnecessary holes in your wall. Here is a great posts from fellow blogger that I found really useful for planning a stairway layout, especially if you’re a visual person – The Most Efficient Way to Create a Gallery Wall @The Bless’er House. If you’re really indecisive, try using 3M products to temporarily place smaller items on the wall.
- Stand back and evaluate. Decided if you will need to paint some of your items to create a more cohesive look or if you like the mixed look. Remember, you can always change the look of a piece by painting – paint is your friend!
- Hang it up. Make sure you are using the correct hangers for your wall type and weight of your frame. You don’t want to spend all this time planning out your wall, only to have your pieces end up on the floor. For example, if you have walls made of drywall, make sure you place anchors in the wall before hanging extra large pictures. For smaller pieces, my favorite type of drywall picture hangers are these little hooks that can be found at most hardware stores.