Ever since I completed our master bedroom makeover, I have been getting a lot of questions about our photo/gallery wall. I prefer to call it a photo wall because to me gallery walls contain objects, photos, etc and are usually placed in a random pattern. Gallery walls are a little too cluttered for my style, but I adore them in other people’s homes. Anyways, I love a modern clean photo wall and that’s just what I wanted for our bedroom. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
I also love the look of huge white photo mats and smaller black and white photos. It’s a modern touch and really draws the eye in to focus more attention on the photo. For my photos, I used some of our favorite iPhone photos on my personal Instagram account but for this tutorial, any photo will do!
SIMPLE & EASY PHOTO WALL SUPPLIES:
- frames, I used these frames from Michael’s
- 4 x 4 printed photos, I had mine printed at my local Walgreens
- 8 x 10 white photo mats with 4 x4 openings
- 11 x 14 white photo mats with 8 x 10 beveled openings
- glue dots
- Command Picture Hanging Strips
I love the Belmont frames from Michaels, they are simple, modern and affordable. They are usually on sale and Michael’s always offers coupons and/or discount codes if you purchase online. I was unable to find nine white frames at my local store, so I did have to order a few online. Once my frames arrived, I found some of my favorite photos of Joe & I (and Scooby too) and edited them in black and white. The pictures have been taken over the years and at different locations, so to unify them I thought black & white was best.
Once I edited the photos to my liking, I used the Walgreens app to upload them and have them printed at my local store. Use the glue dots to secure the photos and the mats inside the frames. The double mats give the photos some extra dimension and if we ever want to switch to 8×10 or 11×14 photos we still can. The Michael’s frames do come with a photo mat but it’s a flimsy off white and looked more yellow to me. So, I splurged on fancier mats to make the frames look more expensive.
I love Command Strips for projects like this, plus it’s fewer nail holes in our walls. Using the strips and the level as my spacer, I eyeballed the placement of each frame making sure they were evenly spaced. That’s it! This was a simple and easy way to make a big impact in our bedroom.
Valerie Hill says
I love that you used the two different sized mats for dimension – very clever!
Bradley Lauster says
i will try this