Blank to Busy: The Making of a Gallery Wall

I love gallery walls, but this time I wanted more symmetry and less “busy-ness”.  We have a fairly large wall in the dining room to work with, so I laid out a bunch of frames on the living room rug until I found an arrangement I liked.

I snapped a picture so that I would be able to remember what I had planned.  Of course, as soon as I walked back into the bedrooms, I found a few more frames that I wanted to be part of the gallery wall.  Sigh. Then life got hectic & I traveled for almost two weeks, so the frames had to wait.

It turns out I’m glad I waited.  Above is the second attempt at laying out pictures for the dining room wall.  I pulled a number of frames to make another gallery wall in our bedroom (pictures to come as soon as the frames I ordered arrive) so there are fewer pictures and things feel less crowded.

I considered using the YoungHouseLove method but an inability to find newspaper combined with sheer laziness led me to use the “Sarah method”, which might not work for you, but seems to always turn out well in the end for me.  What is the “Sarah method”?  Well it’s where you eyeball where to put the nail & rearrange the gallery wall layout on the go.

And here’s the final result (which you saw earlier this week in the dining room progress reveal):

The pictures on the far right got moved to the far left, and the two frames that were next to the giraffe got left out.  I also switched around the tall frames on the right to reflect the placement of the tall frames on the left.  It’s not perfect, but I think it looks good & is exactly what I had envisioned.  Is it perfect?  Heck no!  But it looks pretty darn good & that’s the goal.

Here’s a close-up.  What do you think?

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