For quite some time I’ve been waiting and hoping for the day when I live in a space where I can paint a wall of stripes and assemble a wall of picture frames. That day has finally arrived! I wandered over to Georgia Ave Thrift Store today, my favorite thrift store thus far this side of DC (not the overpriced “antique” store near my apartment), and snagged a few sweet picture frames. With such a great selection of frames to choose from, it was really a tough decision. I must have spent at least an hour obsessing over the options … and possibilities. But, I ultimately decided to grab a few frames in the old world style, in all different shapes and sizes. My decor is a bit rustic — lots of wood, neutral/earthy tones, and metal — and I felt that the elegance of a few old world frames would really add a nice touch.
I wasn’t too jazzed about the colors because they wouldn’t really work with my decor, and I’m a sucker for consistency. You could say that I’m a recovering match-aholic (I absolutely can’t wear gold and silver at the same time). So, I bought a can of brushed nickle spray paint and hurried on home before I bought anything else. (I also snagged an awesome decanter. Now I have to figure out how to use it.) Not wanting to end up with an entire wall of elegant silver frames (snooze-fest), I decided to create some contrast by adding a couple simple stained wooden frames.
Strategically organizing the frames on the wall was trickier than I thought it would be. You can go for the structured, even look. I preferred a more haphazard, yet organized feel. I didn’t want the frames to line up completely, I wanted a bit of organized overlap. Some suggest plotting out a diagram to help guide your frame placement beforehand. I, however, went the trial and error route, so you can imagine how many holes are in my wall right now from placement failure. If you have the foresight to create a diagram, go for it! If not, you can always cover the holes with, well, frames of course!
I love the results! Every stroll through my hallway is just a treat. It’s really a daily blast from the past. I always receive compliments from visitors both on the wall gallery itself and the quality of my personal photography. I’ll continue to add frames, rearrange frames, and swap out photos to keep things interesting.