It all started with a blank wall. In our @rewardStyleHQ in Dallas, we have a large white wall along our staircase that I kept debating what art to install. I went back and forth, from wall installations to a large piece of art, but finally settled on a gallery wall showcasing some of our favorite memories as a company. Below I am sharing all of the steps and how the gallery wall came together!
STEP 1 : FIND YOUR BLANK WALL
STEP 2 : SKETCH OUT YOUR VISION
For me, this was finding the frame sizes I wanted to use (I knew I wanted them to be large) and arranging them in Keynote. I know other people who cut out pieces of paper to the size of the frame and tape them to the wall. This method works great as well but I wanted the flexibility of being able to rearrange without breaking a sweat.
STEP 3 : PICK OUT YOUR PHOTOS
This was also another reason why I was drawn to Keynote for the design – it was super easy to pop my photos into so that I could get a sense of what the final product would look like. All of this can take some time, but be patient. I promise your end product will be fabulous.
STEP 4 : HANG YOUR FRAMES
Lay your frames out on the floor to make sure you like the layout. If you aren’t in love with it now that you have the physical frames, now is the time to swap things around. By hanging your frames first, you can adjust for any mishaps (e.g. if you get rid of a frame or change the orientation, you don’t have to buy an additional print). Are you not exactly a handygal? There are plenty of apps out there (I have used Task Rabbit in the past) that can have a handyman at your home within hours.
STEP 5 : PRINT YOUR PHOTOS
Keep an eye out for sales at your local Walgreens and CVS! They are always having amazing discounts on prints that you can upload online and pick-up in store (within an hour).
STEP 6 : INSERT YOUR PHOTOS AND SECURE YOUR FRAMES
This step is the most fun out of them all because you can see the finish line. Insert your photos, hang them back on the wall, and secure the bottom with command strips. This is one of my favorite tricks! Command strips keep your frames in place (no more crooked frames) and keeps them level.
STEP 7 : STEP BACK AND ADMIRE YOUR HARD WORK!