Monday, January 18, 2010

Wall Groupings



Greetings!

I've received quite a few emails from folks asking where we got the frames we used in our Guest Bedroom, so I thought I'd post a picture that lists the names of the stores they came from today:



I forgot to point at the two black ones on the far left and right.
Those came from Walmart too.

If you'd like a closer look, you can click on the photo to enlarge it. :-)

(Interested in the art and photography inside the frames? Click HERE)

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Here are a few more wall grouping ideas I found while searching for inspiration a while back:

1. Striking Sihouettes

Create a personalized look by framing your family members silhouettes. Use decorative scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, or even wallpaper to create a unique grouping full of color and pattern.

Photo: Country Living


2. Natural Wonders

Bring the outdoors in with a nature-inspired wall grouping. Use vintage pictures of food, birds, or botanical to make a natural statement in your home.

Photo: Joesph's Cottage

Photo: Country Living

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens


3. Pause and Reflect

Display a collection of mirrors to bounce light around the room and create the illusion of more space. To replicate the romantic luster of an antique mirror, check out Martha's Silver Leaf Mirror Project for her awesome step-by-step instructions.

Photo: Country Living



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Need help hanging your collection? Here are some tips:

- Before you hang anything, experiment with different layouts on the floor first. Take photos from above as you move things around. This way, you won't have to rely on your memory if you want to go back to a previous arrangement.

- Use newspaper to cut out the shapes of the frames (or objects) you want to use, and then tape them to your wall so you can make sure you're going to like the way your grouping looks before you start pounding nails into your walls.

- When in doubt, hang your largest piece in the center and work your way around it using smaller pieces the further out you go.

- For a extra captivating look, mix some interesting objects in with your framed pieces. I love using old keys, letters, numbers, and small vases.



Photos: Pottery Barn

- If you choose to use a variety of different frames, be careful not to use too many that are the same color all in one area of your grouping. Spread the color evenly for a well-balanced look.

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I'll be back soon with a fantastic Valentines Day craft idea and another guest bathroom update. The plot continues to thicken my friends.... :-)

33 comments:

nameisgrace said...

out of all the inspiration photos you put up, i still love your wall the best!!!! great job as always:) your guests are so lucky to stay in that room

Mom in High Heels said...

Great post. Thanks for the tips.

MMW said...

Layla, your guest room gallery wall was the inspiration on how to hang my own in our living room! I studied out your guest room wall for months before dissecting it and using similar elements on our wall. What a great post.

Brighton said...

Love mirrors hung in groupings like that. Beautiful : )

Shorely Chic said...

i love that - so so pretty!

geri said...

Layla. You always seem to make everything look so easy and beautiful.
When in reality we all know how long it takes to get it right.
Your ideas are always so simply beautiful.
Happy Monday.

Low Tide High Style said...

I love wall groupings, especially photo groupings! Great inspiration photos. Thanks for the info on where to purchase the frames you used in your beautiful guest room!

Kat :)

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Thanks for all the inspiration, I will be doing a wall in my dining room soon, and Im still trying to figure out what color frames to use.
I have a new blog and would love for you to stop by. Thanks!

Miki said...

I love low groupings of different frames and such! Unfortunately I will have to wait until my children grow up before I can create one :( I love seeing what other people come up with. My favs are: Yours and the last Pottery Barn one :)

My name is PJ. said...

I love any use of vertical space, particular to display favorite things. This was a good post, Layla!

Melanie said...

I just bid on those botanical prints on ebay that you linked to! Hope I win them! :)

My Yellow House said...

I love that wall! Great timing too as I'm planning a grouping wall for my FR and needed some more inspiration. I will be adding the prints that I bought from you several months ago. I love the sailboat print!
Looking forward to the bathroom reveal. :) Sarah

In My Home said...

Really great inspirations !!!! So inspiring !!!

fairfieldhouse said...

Layla,

Thank you for the inspiration and heads up on where you purchased your frames. Your guest room wall is stunning and one is drawn to the exceptional images displayed. I am considering a wall of vintage mirrors.

Deborah

These Are The Days said...

Great post. I love all the different examples. Here's one I just did in our school/playroom. Hope I didn't break too many rules. :)

http://www.these-are-the-days.com/2010/01/our-homeschool-room-take-2.html

Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt said...

Thank you for once again establishing the reason why I adore you and your style. I LOVE what you can do with words and pictures...and I plan on using the Lettered Cottage Art for my Master Bedroom. #1 B/c I love it and #2 I find that every time I glance at that wall in your guest bedroom....I smile. You truly touch souls Layla.

Cheers~
e

Southern Aspirations said...

GREAT post! Love the tips and the inspiration. Yours is fabulous and I love the mix and match of frame sources.

LesleySW said...

I visited Room & Board near Old Orchard Mall north of Chicago this weekend and was really struck by some of their beautiful collections of frames. It was really inspirational -- as was this post.

I want to expand an art wall in my office and so I've been paying particular attention to posts like this.

thanks for the info!

Kristen said...

Gotta love Wal-Mart! Love all the picture ideas in this post!

Aura said...

I love love love wall groupings. I think Pottery Barn planted that little seed in my head. I have a grouping in our hall of wedding pictures that I'm going to change out soon. I have quite a few silhouette grouping pictures saved, but since it's just the two of us I don't know if two will make an impact. I guess I could always make some of the cats and our dog :)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Just love the mirror groupings...been thinking of doing that here. Now to find the mirrors...

Patina by Belinda said...

This is just what I needed today! I recieved copies of family photos dating back to the 1870's and needed some inspiration! Thanks layla!

Wishful Nals said...

thanks for sharing!

Wishful Nals said...

lovely!

Melissa Miller said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing the great ideas. :)

4kids said...

Love it! I am looking at a blank wall in my house, thinking I should try something like that. Also, wanted to share a blog that I think you will love and you may already know about.

http://knockoffwood.blogspot.com/

Very cool stuff! I know you and Kevin are totally up for all the building plans that Ana offers on her blog. Have fun!

Amanda said...

we've decided to do an entire huge wall in black frames and i cannot wait to get it started now that i have all of these helpful tips. i may even need a few of your lovely quote artwork to mix in there! :)

Casey said...

Thank you so much for your post today Layla! You answered my latest email to you. Your guest room wall is so beautiful and I can't wait to get my own "Layla" wall completed.

xoxo

Jenn~ said...

I more than love these ideas....the mirrors are just stunning.....thank you so much for posting this....

Caroline said...

Excellent post! A lot of beautiful inspiration!

DONNA OWNER OF "ON A WHIM" said...

GREAT post, thank you for the inspiration.

KGULAS said...

Love your grouping as well as your inspirations photos. I just put up a group myself. You can see it at www.thislittlenestblog.blogspot.com

Melissa Stover said...

i love wall groupings. i think this is one place where your personality can really shine through in your home. a wall grouping i recently did has some of my favorite photos, a few bird prints i got on etsy and a chalkboard writing of my favorite scripture. it makes me happy every time i look at that wall.