Using photographs in your decorating
I’m picky about the things that I hang on our walls. I want it to mean something. Not just some random image or something mass-produced where everyone you know has the same thing hanging on their wall. I like things that tell a story, make us happy, are interesting, or all of the above. Usually photographs fit the bill. I am a shutter bug so I’ve always got plenty to use.
We have a blank, boring wall at the top of the stairs. I’ve just never gotten around to hanging anything there. Today I created a mini gallery wall/vignette to fill the space.
When we go on vacation, my husband and I like to wander off the beaten path. We went to Italy this summer and we did all the “touristy” things, but what we really enjoyed was meandering through the residential areas. In Venice, I snapped dozens of photos of doors, windows and architectural elements that caught my eye. I gathered several of them to create a small gallery wall at the top of our stairs.
I headed to IKEA and got 5 brown Ribba frames. You just can’t beat IKEA for cheap picture frames that don’t look cheap. With the exception of the hangers on the back. They are crap-ola. So I just attached some sawtooth hangers. Trust me, it will make your life much easier if you are hanging several! I popped the photos into the frames, and hung them in an arrangement that I liked. Sidenote…I suffer from a decorating affliction called symmetryism as you will see. Everything has to be balanced or it bugs me.
I added some Pottery Barn keys that I’ve had forever. I topped it off with an iron piece to tie it all together. The doors, keys, wood and metal in both the photos, the frames and decorative elements all relate to one another so that it’s a cohesive arrangement. Me likey. 🙂