Crafting Your Own Wall Gallery - Part 2 - Pick A Theme, Any Theme

Question: What should I put on display in my wall gallery?

Not-so-great answer: Anything you want, it’s totally up to you.

Better answer: Although it is totally up to you, we do have a few ideas that might help get the creativity flowing...


Everyone loves looking at pictures of people—it’s a proven fact! Especially, pictures of people they know. And babies. With friends and family stopping by for the holidays, why not cater to your audience.


(Source: Healthy Home Paints)

Warning: Family members who are not included in the display wall—for whatever reason—will notice, so don't be surprised if they say something. I know my family members always count to see who makes the most appearances and then boast about it.

Extra Warning: Family members are also likely to take note of the order and size and position of their picture relative to others.


Tie an eclectic group of images or art pieces together using subtle color cues. The result: a wall display that's easy of the eyes as a complete unit, while also inviting a closer look.

(Source: Dishfunctional Designs)

And yes, for these purposes, we're counting black & white as a color. Or fine, call it a motif if you must.

Tell a Story

Think of it as a slideshow people get to take in all at once. Don't include every picture from your latest beach trip, just hit the major plot points. Then fill in the rest when someone asks.

The Kitchen Sink

You know that thing we just said about only hitting the major points? Forget it. Why should you decide between Halloween 96’ and Picasso and the famous hand turkey your little one brought home last week. Put it all up. Deck the walls. Heck, mix and match framing materials as well.

And if anyone has the nerve to ask you what the common theme is, you tell 'em, things that make me smile.

(Source: Curbly)

Happy bonus: Changeable frames (like ours) are the wall display equivalent of the gift that keeps on giving. Swap out the sink and throw in an oven when the mood strikes.

Up next, Morgan will discuss what we mean when we say: ‘On a scale of A to Wexel’...

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