Hi Friends! This weekend I worked on my dining room- the new rug arrived and I am SO excited about it! I’ve been sharing sneak peeks on my Insta stories if you want to follow along! We are gearing up for a big holiday in Utah- Pioneer Day (our State’s founding day). My husband’s birthday is coming up too so it’s busy and exciting over here.
how to style videos
On Instagram, one of my favorite things I like to share are my Instagram styling videos. I show you how to go from a blank space to a styled, beautiful space. If I know how to do one thing, it’s how to style and I want to pass on everything I know about how to arrange things in a way that is pleasing to the eye! Last year, I first put up the ledges and here’s how it looked like then:
Since it had been a year and a half since I had made major changes, I was ready for an update. Plus, I’ve been wanting to share the videos on my blog because I want a more permanent place for them- where they can be searched for and help more people! So let’s start with how to arrange a ledge gallery wall!
how to style a ledge gallery wall
Ledges are the best thing that ever happened to the gallery wall! Why? They make it so that you can forever be moving around your art! You just need to put up the ledge once and then you can change your frames and art super easily!
Shelves Ledge (from Ikea)
Frames (this set of 7 frames is less than $40!)
Art (affordable, ridiculously beautiful art from my favorite Etsy shop)
But how do you arrange it?
- Start with empty ledges- dust them for bonus points 😉
- Add your biggest art first. A note about art- I find that art looks best in a grouping if you buy it all from one artist (mine is from the Etsy shop The Crown Prints). That definitely isn’t a necessary thing, but I find it makes for the most cohesive grouping possible.
- A great way to tell a color story on your gallery wall is to paint canvases. I choose a mint blue and a pink. This will pull the colors together and add a pop of personality. As you can see, I placed the three biggest pieces of art in a triangle to create a foundation of balance (the triangle will keep your eye moving through the art).
- Continue to place your art on the ledge from biggest art to smallest art. One thing I like to do with art is use pieces that are aspirational for me- one of our family’s big dreams is to live close to the beach one day. You’ll see a lot of beach art. I want to surround myself with my big ideas and doing it with art is both impactful and a good reminder of your goals.
- Consider layering art on top of each other. I like a nice full look and by layering the art you can show more in a smaller space. Make sure to step back and make sure you like the combinations you have. If you need to, take a picture of your arrangement- sometimes it helps by seeing the items 2 dimensionally (sounds weird, but I promise, it works!).
- Add in a few trinkets. These will break up the art and create some interest. Plus these can be personal items that mean something special to you.
- Finish with some greenery. I just clipped some leaves from our planter boxes so this can be a free addition! Adding plants is always a beautiful finishing point for styling. It brings life (literally) to your space.
And just like that, you’re done! How about a video to see how it all came together?!
Alright, let me know if this is something that you’re going to implement. If so, here are the tips once again:
Here’s some after images for you:
Also, I’d love to know if this is a series you’d like to see continued? My goal is to help you guys have a beautiful home and anything I can do to help you guys with that, makes me happy. Let me know what you think in the comments! Also, I am back on the Facebook bandwagon! If you’d like to know when I post or sneak peeks into my upcoming projects or just pretty pictures, please like my page.
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