12 August, 2014

DIY // How to Install a Picture Wall

My sister and her family have just moved into their gorgeous new Attadale house.  They are starting to decorate & personalise their space and are looking to turn their contemporary blank canvas into a warm & cozy family home. They decided to add a picture wall of the kids into their main hallway and I thought I'd detail the steps taken to achieve this look.

Firstly you need to decide on the look you are after. Use Pinterest as a source of inspiration as there are so many options to suit every asthetic.  My sister knew that she wanted a clean, uniformed & minimalist look so with this in mind, we took the following steps:

Firstly, she started to gather photos (and even hired our photography-enthusiast uncle to take a few snaps) and started to hunt around for the right frames.

To keep inline with her minimalist brief, she chose a simple frame in black that was available in differing sizes.  Her frames are from Target but you can be sure to find something you like at Ikea. I love the versatility of the Ribba Series

The second step is to decide on the size of the area that you want the photos to fill.  To help with this step, we measured out the rough size on the wall and made up a template out of kraft paper.  We hung the template up on the wall to get a visual of the size.  This step was really important for me as I'm a VERY visual person.  

Once satisfied with the size in comparison to the wall, we pulled the template down and started to plot out the frames on the kraft paper.  We started with the corners and worked our way towards the middle, filling the gaps to get the look that she wanted to achieve.  

When we were happy with the layout, we drew around each picture frame, giving each picture a number using a Post-it note.  We wrote the corresponding number onto the template and then hung it back onto the wall to get the placement perfect.  

Now for the tricky part - there were a couple different options that we had seen to get the frames placed correctly onto the wall.  We came up with an idea to use string to form a border using painters tape (to avoid damaging the walls) and also used a level at this stage.

Once the border was up, we removed the template and the next step was to simply start putting the pictures up, using the template and picture numbers as a guide. 

Rather than hammering in 40 odd nails into the brand new wall, we decided to use 3M COMMAND Picture Hanging Strips, which allows for a quick change of picture frame when needed.

We started by placing all the corner pictures up and then worked our way in to the centre.

And.....the finished product, (although she has already tweaked it a few times since this photo was taken...I think she is A Little Bit OCD also).  I think it looks amazing and  it has  really  added a homely feel to this area of the house.

Below is another example of a picture wall that I LOVE.  Rather than hanging each individual picture, it uses a Picture Rail so that the photos can be quickly restyled whenever you feel inspired. I'm loving the frame choice and colour palette of this one.

To get a similar look, pop back to Ikea for the Ribba Picture Ledge.  I've used this Picture Ledge in Jamie & Lucas' room for their picture books...but we'll save that for another day.

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