The inspiration for my gallery wall was this large painting of Neyo and Nala that I had done by a local St. Louis artist – Cbabi. When I first brought this painting home, I hung it by itself on a huge wall in our great room. It just didn’t work. After watching a few online tutorials and reading up on gallery wall tips, I decided to put a gallery wall together featuring this painting. While it was intimidating at first, the project turned out to be fun, and I love the results. Here is my process and what I learned.
The first thing I did was gather up art that was meaningful to me. In addition to the painting of Neyo and Nala, I knew I wanted to use a painting we had done of my Mom’s house in DC. I also was drawn to the idea of having a number as part of the wall, so I bought an inexpensive “27” off Etsy.com for $6 or so. Omba and I were married on the 27th of August ? I liked the style of the font and the vintage look. I also included some original art by Neyo and Nala and some family photos. Once I had my collection of meaningful items, I added to things I already had, keeping in mind that I wanted an array of shapes, colors and sizes. One tip is that it’s helpful to have at least one oversized piece to anchor the group.
Staging is so SO important! In this interview I talk to Carolyn Pilla, professional photographer and owner of CP Creations, about her thoughts on staging. We talk about paint colors, accent walls, items to include and items not to include (ie things with eyes) and more! Check out this video to see what she has to say!