Photography is one of our passions. We love the idea of capturing a special moment and remembering it always. From momentous events like our wedding and the birth of our first child to the day-to-day moments of cuddling our daughter before bed or a hike through the park. These are all memories I want to hold on to and relive for our children someday.
I’ve spent hours pouring through old albums and boxes of photographs from my parents’ childhoods. I love the history behind each photo. Knowing that just a brief moment in time was captured from an on-going story always makes me wonder what happened before that photo was snapped and what unfolded after the shutter released.
I think one of the best ways to display these beautiful memories in your home is through a gallery wall. Gallery walls are a terrific way to add interest to an otherwise blank wall. Especially if you can’t afford large-scale artwork.
When we moved into our home we decided to install a gallery wall on the wall leading up the stairwell to our second floor. It’s one of the first things you see when you walk through our front door and you have a full view of it from the living room, so it was the perfect place to display some of our favourite memories.
When we first created our gallery wall we decided we wanted a uniform and classic look. The best way to create a consistent appearance is with a monochromatic colour palette. So we decided to print black and white photographs and mount each of them in a variety of black frames. It was exactly the timeless look I was going for. However, after completing the gallery wall, we swapped out a couple of the black frames for white to add a little dimension. You can see a few shots of our black and white gallery wall here and here.
As much as I loved our black and white gallery wall it started to feel a bit stale after a few years. I was craving a change and I wanted to breathe some life into these memories.
I began pouring through our photos again and choosing some of our favourites, both old and new. And then out came all of the black and white prints and in went bright, glossy, beautiful colour photographs.
I was a little concerned the outcome might have been an overwhelming mismatch of photos, but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Again, consistency is important. I tried to choose photos that had similar colours. I picked pictures with lots of creams, blues, pinks and greens. This helped to tie each of the photos together and create a uniform look. I also switched out the white frames and used all black frames this time around.
One more trick I’ve discovered is to use frames with matting. The matting will help ground your photos and give the impression of consistency.
I think this was just the update our home needed. It adds a little bit of colour, life and youthfulness to our home. And Zoe loves staring at all of the bright, beautiful photos (especially the ones of herself!).