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Gallery Wall Wednesday #1 [where it all began – a monochromatic gallery wall]

There is no question that I love a good gallery wall. I’ve created at least one in every room in our home. A well executed gallery wall is like a form of art. A collection of photos, mixed with art (canvases, prints, metal pieces, etc.) and grouped in such a way, can make a BIG statement in a room. You can also go for a more subtle look by creating a small arrangement. The options are endless!

Today,  I am sharing one of my gallery walls with you. It hangs proudly over the couch in our formal living room. I put it together nearly 3 years ago and went for a monochromatic look using all black frames that varied in size and shape. I used color & black and white photos in the arrangement. As often as I like to rearrange and shift things around, for some reason, I haven’t wanted to lay a finger on this wall. It was my very first gallery wall and first collection of family photographs that I knew I wanted to display together.

Maybe it has something to do with when I created it?

It was shortly after our first son, Henry was born, which was just a few months after we moved into this house. I couldn’t wait to start decorating our new home & this wall seemed like a perfect spot to create a gallery wall of special photos – engagement photos, wedding pictures, baby and maternity shots.  With the exception of adding a picture of Simon’s feet and removing one of Henry, the layout and pictures have stayed the same. Plus, it’s my favorite room in the house.  😃 #myhappyplace #gallerywall

Have a look…
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Achieving this look is quite easy – simply collect various frames (and don’t forget to thrift some!) and start laying them out on the floor. If you are like me, you will just bust out a hammer and nails and go to town, but you can defintely take a more strategic approach. There are tons of tutorials out there on how to make paper templates or use painter’s tape to plan out spacing, layout, etc. right on the wall. Go for it though! The nice part is – it doesn’t have to be perfect or even uniform. Make it artsy and make it your own! It will give the walls in your home a one-of-a-kind look.

 How do you feel about gallery wall layouts? Do you like to match your frames for a monochromatic look or switch things up a bit?!

Have a great Wednesday!

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  • Thistle
    July 23, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    So beautiful! It was so great seeing you at Haven!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      July 24, 2015 at 6:52 AM

      Thanks, Karianne! You were truly an incredibly large part of my haven experience! I appreciate you so much!

  • domesticcharms
    July 23, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Girl, I love a good gallery wall and yours is AMAZING!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      July 24, 2015 at 6:50 AM

      Thanks, girlfriend!! I can’t seem to stop myself from putting them everywhere!

  • Rebecca @ {R&R} at home
    July 21, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Hi Rachael! First of all, I’m ALL about gallery walls! I have one in every room! So, naturally I love this post! I’m a CSA out of Chicago and recently started my own home blog and Meghan H. mentioned I should check yours out! How exciting that you attended Haven! That is awesome! I would love to chat sometime and pick your blogging (and personal) brain! ☺️

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      July 27, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for stopping by to check it out! How exciting! You look like you are off to a great start!! Would love to chat anytime – feel free to email me at! Thanks again and have a great day 🙂 – Rachael