How to create a nursery gallery wall unique to your family
Nursery gallery walls. Everyone LOVES them, but not everyone knows how to put them together. Sure, there are lots of great resources on the technical tips - How to hang them, where to hang them, what shape to hang them in….ahhhh! These things are all important. Don't get me wrong. But the most important thing, and the thing I think lots of people struggle with is what to put in the gallery wall. And you? You don't want just any gallery wall for your nursery. You want and deserve a gallery wall as unique as your family. Let me show you how.
Nursery Gallery Wall Step #1: Start with a focal point that means something to you.
This one is all you, my friend. Choose something that you'd like to put on your baby's nursery wall that has importance to you. Suggestions for this could be a family photo, or a map of your city....really anything that you could put on a wall. And don't stop yourself with flat! Think of three dimensional objects as well! They make great centerpieces!
For this blog we'll use this as an example:
Nursery Gallery Wall Step#2: Central color(s) throughout.
Got your superstar focal point? Great. Choose a color in it that you can use as a unifying factor. You don't need to have the exact shade (that would be kinda weird and overly match-y), but a general idea.
This one is pretty easy. There are....greens. So your palette will include greens, neutrals, and maybe a complimentary color (green's buddy is red) to change it up.
Nursery Gallery Wall Step #3: Technique.
Okay, now here's where we're separating ourselves from the pack. Techinque. Media. Call it what you will. I want variety in this nursery gallery wall! Could you make a wall that is a string of watercolors framed and hung perfectly straight? Yup. But that's not for us.
So since I've got a bold abstract here, I'd add something softer, like a watercolor, I love to throw in an illustration (especially in nursery gallery walls), a photo....the options are endless, really!
Nursery Gallery Wall Step #4: Texture.
This one is often forgotten. But easy to do! Throw in an item with texture. Great options here are needlepoint or cross stitch treasures, wall hangings. Again with the three dimensions, imagine having a fantastic unicorn with flowing hair on your gallery wall!
Struggling here? Don't! A super easy way to introduce texture is to change up the frames of the wall. Have some flat wood or metal, some with a shiny finish, some ornate, some simple.
Nursery Gallery Wall Step #5: Vintage/quirk.
Here is the one you can have super fun with. I want you to include something that you would never even DREAM of seeing at Pottery Barn Kids. This could be framed tickets of that time you went to Pearl Jam. Or the napkin you wrote your significant other's phone number on (egads, before cell phones were so huge). You know better than I do. But choose something you wouldn't normally think "nursery" and put it in there too.
If you're really scraping the barrel here, head to your local thrift store! They have the quirkiest stuff around. That velvet painted photo of flowers? Yep! It'll do!
See? This isn't that hard! Break down the steps into bite sized pieces and you've got this nursery gallery wall thing nailed. Because there is no single other family like yours. And there should be no other single nursery gallery like yours either. I think one of the greatest way we can welcome baby into the world with is sharing how much we love each other. And treasure our time together. THAT'S what a gallery wall should be all about!