Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Thing About Wall Collages

If you've pondered photography, DIY projects or home decor in the last six months then you know Photo Collage Walls are a top trend. And really, it's hard to deny their beauty, if done right.


Possibilities are truly endless...

Source: loveoffamilyandhome.net via Erin on Pinterest

and yet I'm still intrigued. 

I've spent more time over the last year drooling over others' creations than I'd like to admit, but have yet to get a nail into my own wall. My indecisive personality seems to be the only thing standing between me and many photo collages in our house. 

The thing about wall collages is that they take a balance of planning and whimsy to successfully produce. 

Gathering items that correlate, but aren't too matchy, items with meaning that have actual reference to your life is no easy thing. Then to actually get these items on the wall? This is where I get stuck.

My love for symmetry kills it every time! I have all intentions of creating a wall collage, but then I scoot one photo one way and the other back again. When I finally stand back to take it in I've damn near lined things up. Every single time.

Have you succeeding in creating a wall collage? I'm open to advice!

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19 comments:

  1. I have one over the landing on our stairs and it really came together quite organically. I had a bunch of black and white photos and a few empty black and basic Target frames and an empty wall. I started with one big portrait in the middle and then just kind of built out from there. I tried to keep things moderately symmetrical (same size frames on one side of the center and then another size frames on the other).

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  2. Gallery walls really intimidate me, as well. While I am a creative artist, I never know if I am doing it quite right. I then found a pin on pinterest and it just came together sooooo easily. I like that it was symmetrical yet it also had some variety. Here's my version: http://www.oismeblog.com/2012/02/pinterest-inspired-gallery-wall.html

    Hope that helps and I know you can do it!!

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  6. I have the same issue! I've actually gone as far as to cut out newspapers the size of the frames and put them up on the wall to see what it would look like.....and then left it like that for MONTHS! I ended up taking down the paper, but not putting up the frames.

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  7. We are totally having this debate in our home right now for a big blank wall in our dining room!!! The options are endless but I'm afraid to start nailing things up and end up with a mess that has to be undone. Can't wait to see what you guys decide!!

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  8. I haven't started yet, but you just might inspire me to get started. I can't even decide which wall(s) to do! The ones you pin always inspire me though so you are on the right track!

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  9. I love those examples, but I like symmetry too!
    My goal is to find words to add to my photo wall.....you know after I get more frames and pictures printed. :)

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  10. We have two gallery walls- one is three shelves with frames propped on them, a low commitment, perfectly symmetrical option. And the other I threw together with leftover frames I had laying around, I layed it out on the living room floor and rearranged it until I thought it looked balanced enough, and John did the hanging. I've been meaning to do a post on them- maybe I will now!

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  11. Hi! Coming over from the mommy mixer. New follower. I love wall photo collages I too just pin away and have yet to really do one. I think the key is different types of frames and sizes to make it unique.

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  12. New GFC follower from the Mommy Brain Mixer. I have a wall collage in my living room that I love and I'm finicky about symmetry too. I haven't posted it yet, but will soon. I also recently pinned a pin with many different collage layouts. Maybe you could make it symmetrical but either use different types of frames to add whimsy? Here is the pin link: http://pinterest.com/pin/233413193157845129/

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    Have a great week! :)

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  13. New Follower from the Mommy Brain Mixer. I have always done wall collages, even before they were "cool", because they add make a plain wall fun to look at, well that and I have way too many pieces of artwork. I did my latest and most favorite wall collage in my kitchen. When we moved into this house, we are military, I discovered that my kitchen wall is really, really long. My largest piece of artwork looked minuscule on it! So, I incorporated all of my favorite things, framed artwork from the kids, colorful plates, my favorite paintings in all shapes and sizes. I made sure that the colors went with each other but weren't matchy matchy and then I arranged newspaper cutouts on the wall with tape before nailing anything in. It took me about a month of finding the right shapes and sizes of things, but it came together beautifully! Besides making sure you have differing sizes and shapes of artwork, the best piece of advice I can give is to put up the things that you love…eventually it will all fit and you will always love looking at it. :o)
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  14. We bought our house in 2008. I couldn't wait to put a wall collage up on our bedroom wall. Yeah. It's still blank. I suck. :(

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  15. We have a small gallery wall, and we used a template from Michaels for the positioning. It was SO EASY!

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  16. I want to do one in the upstairs hallway of our new house.

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  17. I love the hallway photo idea. It looks so wonderful

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