ORC - Gallery Wall

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who commented and emailed me about my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint fiasco that went down last week.  Let me shed a little insight for those who want to paint a piece of pine furniture with ASCP. Apparently pine releases a substance that will bleed through any paint, and a coat of shellac (primer will not be sufficient)  should be applied to pine before you paint it.  I found this out after my 7th coat.  Did I stop and run to the hardware store and get some shellac and start all over again?  No.  I've decided to embrace the streaks for now. You'll see. 

In other happenings in my family room project, I've been giving a lot of thought to the wall of art that I have planned for the nearly 20-ft. wide wall that serves as a corridor along the north side of my family room.  There are lots of different ways to approach this type of project.  


This is probably my least favorite type of installation for a wall of art.  I get that  the concept behind all the black frames is to unify the collection, but I think it looks too contrived.  I also think that because the all of the pictures are small it looks busy.



Here's an instance where I love the matching frames, because the art displayed is actually a true collection of a single theme - the horses.  I think in this instance the grid installation shows off the art in the best possible way.


Source: google.com via Kim on Pinterest

Here's the look I'm going to try and create.   I like the scale of the art and I like that it looks like a collection that's been added to over time. None of the frames match and the only common theme shared by the art is that it appealed to the owner. 

As luck would have it (if you're a glass-half-full sort of person) my unfinished living room is directly behind the big white wall, so I'm able to use that space to lay out how I want to arrange the pieces of art I'll be using.




See the mirrors in there?  If all goes according to plan, I've done the math correctly and I hold my mouth just right, the mirrors should line up with the sliding glass doors on the opposite side of the room, increasing amount of light into the space and reflecting the view of the trees in the back yard.  If nothing else trying to get this installed should make for some colorful banter between me and the Mr. 

Now I've got to see what the over-achievers have accomplished.  




The Green Room Interiors provides interior decorating and design services to happy homeowners in Chattanooga, TN.  If you would like to experience how a well designed home can improve the quality of your life, call Kim Lemmon at 423.653.3186 or email thegreenroominteriors@gmail.com




34 comments:

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

I've always loved the look but it always seemed so overwhelming to do it. I can't wait to see yours and I agree, all matching frames defeats the purpose of it looking like it evolved over time... Good luck!

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

I completely agree that a more organic gallery wall is best. I like the eclectic and collected look for sure. Can't wait to see it hung up!

Nancy said...

Love the mirror additions and how they will light up your space with reflections. Best of luck with the hanging and tweaking, Ive done it a million times, and it's alot of fun!
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

pam {simple details} said...

Love the collected look you'r going for ~ good luck with the Mr., I love 'team' projects, ha! :)

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Looking good! Love the idea of it being collected...very creative!

LindsB said...

I love those mirrors!! I cant wait to see them all up on your big white wall now!

Nicole Scott said...

Pure gallery wall goodness!! I'm in agreement with the style...the collected casual elegance you are creating is going to be amazing!

caitlin said...

Wo. I just checked out your blog for the first time today. Your description of your ORC room as a bowling alley with peanut butter walls was hilarious! The only place to go from there is UP! Sometimes the uglier the better for these home improvement projects, you know? Can't wait to see how you finish.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love the more organic route too. Love the collection you have started. It's going to look great!

Autumn Witt Boyd said...

I still have the gallery wall you suggested in our living room on my to do list! I did buy a few things, dug others out of the attic and have them sitting in a box at least :) I'm going for the same look you are, a bit eclectic but balanced. Dave may divorce me during the hanging process...

The Pink Pagoda said...

We had a pine toy chest for our daughter years ago that we TRIED to paint. Every time we thought we had it that pine would bleed through again in a few days. I'm so excited to see how your gallery wall turns out! I love the mirror idea -- so clever!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Well, that's a good tip to know about pine. I love the collected look of your gallery wall...good luck with hanging the frames. Can't wait to see it on the wall.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I can't wait to see the finished room, Kim! I know that it will be fabulous.
Happy Wednesday.
Teresa
xoxo

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Love the look you are working towards. Can't wait 'til next week!

Kathleen (Pacific Family Homes) said...

You chose the way I love to see the art!! The best part is that you can add to it as you find something fabulous!! Xo

Jessie said...

I always love the look of an eclectic gallery wall but is too afraid to do it. Can't wait to see yours!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Matters of Style said...

Love what you are doing!! Lol at holding your mouth just right. That is the beauty of a gallery wall- you can cheat!!

My Crafty Home Life said...

I hope you did the math right. That would be a big challenge for me. It looks like a jigsaw puzzle, everything fits just right. Good luck working with someone else. My husband would be the last person I would hang art with.

SHERRY HART said...

God I hate hanging gallery walls and I hung 2 last weekend at my own house. Better drink a glass of wine before you start :) I am all about the random looking ones.....

Kim said...

I agree with the randomness. It holds interest!! Although I must say the wall or horses is pretty stunning!! But that says I have to go out and find things that match. That isn't going to happen!! Can't wait to see what you do!! xo

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barbara@hodge:podge said...

Ooh, I love it! Good luck installing it. If I could be a fly on the wall when you and the Mr. tackle the job!

Lisa Gabrielson said...

The gallery wall will be fabulous!! Can't wait to see it up!

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Beth Connolly said...

I love gallery walls - this will be great.

Cris Angsten said...

I like it when it looks like it started with one or two pictures, and then just grew... and grew... and grew into this great collection. Can't wait to see what you do! xoxo-Cris

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René said...

Collected gallery walls are the best! Waiting with baited breath to see the ASCP project!

Fran said...

I like the eclectic look best and am excited to see your collection up on the wall. The hardest part for me is doing the math.....yuck. I just don't have the patience for it.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

love the idea of a full art wall. It will look really good.

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

Loving your gallery wall so far! I feel the same way as you
About them- I don't love matching frames but prefer a more organic, happy, mismatched grouping.

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