A Look At My Walls: Ideas for hanging home decor

A while back I wrote a guest post for Kristen Duke Photography about my gallery walls in my home. I decided to include some updates to that post and put it up here. Just some ideas and inspiration for hanging portraits and home decor on your walls. Enjoy!

I’m big on family pictures. Big on getting them taken every year. Big on having over 100 to choose from. Big on posting them to my blog. And big on having them displayed all over our walls.  It’s my way of personalizing our space–of making our house a home.

For the most part I keep my portrait walls fairly simple. Clean straight lines, neutral colors.  I have grand plans of getting funky and creative, but I still lack the courage to splash that color on my walls.  So my dear friend Brittany, suggested that I get color on my walls by having fun colors in my pictures. She said to wear the colors in my family pictures that I want to use in my decor.  Which is why you will notice I stick with turquoise/blue and yellow in our family portraits.

The candle holders were from Bed Bath and Beyond, and I’m told they’re still available online.  The quote sign was in a discount bin at Deseret Book 7 years ago.  I purchased all these black frames from Costco. They come in packages of two. Great price and great quality. Also note how crooked these frames are. That’s what happens when your toddler year old learns to crawl up the back of the couch and put finger prints on your frames.

I am also a believer in NOT hanging everything on the wall. I love the look of intentional leaning of wall hangings and portraits.
This makes it easy to switch out your decor for each season on a whim–below is my “Fall” arrangement.  In Spring, I switched out some of the items and added some color.

We moved last year, and I took this as my opportunity to create a new wall with color in my house.  Even though there are limited pictures in this arrangement, I think you could replace any of these items with a portrait and achieve the same effect.

1. c/o Barn Owl Primitives: Family Rules Sign
2. Local Surf Shop frame: recipe with love note written on it from our first date.
3. c/o Modern Bird Studios: hand painted Baby W portrait
4. Home Goods: typography word art that reminds me of Baby W.
5. Old frame that I removed the glass and backing from then spray painted. Heart wings purchased at TJ Maxx years ago.
6. Mod Podge photo heart made for Baby W by Love Stitched
7. c/o Barn Owl Primitives: Keep Calm and Carry On sign
So I love fireplaces. But I’m not exactly a big fan of mine. We just moved into our new place and the fireplace is a sort of poo brown and doesn’t have a mantle.  So rather than spend a ton of money right now, I picked up these frames from Ikea and used those new Command Hanging Strips so I wouldn’t have to drill into the brick.
Here is my latest gallery wall creation, found in Baby Sawyer’s nursery:
 I love using clipboards in place of frames when appropriate, because then I can switch out the art any time.
And then, here are the fun walls in Wesley’s Big Boy Truck Room:
Most of whats up on the wall was a DIY project or painted by Wesley.  I bought these awesome white book ledges from Ikea to display his favorite books of the week.
Again with the clipboards, this way I can update the art work with what he created at school that week.

And here is a quick shot of my craft room wall. No photos, but you’ll see I continued with my rather haphazard hanging technique. No real rhyme or reason to my hanging, I just did what felt right.
You can also check out my Pinterest board with other Photo Wall ideas.
Or visit my other home decor posts HERE.

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  • Reply
    July 27, 2012 at 12:33 am

    It is so funny you posted this because I just left you a comment the other day on Sawyer’s nursery post about how much I love your gallery walls in your home and his new cute one is no exception! 🙂

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    Ilene @ Much Love, illy
    July 27, 2012 at 12:37 am

    my goodness! your home seems to be the most inviting place ever. love all the prints and the artwork!

    p.s. miss you!

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    July 27, 2012 at 1:19 am

    You have a wonderful eye for style and composition – please come decorate my home! PLEASE!


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    nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma
    July 27, 2012 at 1:41 am


    If you can’t stand the “poo brown” of the fireplace, have you considered painting it? Love all your gallery walls. I’m in the midst of updating mine, so this is great timing…

    Hope you are getting sleep,

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      July 27, 2012 at 1:48 am

      We are renting and they won’t let us paint 🙁

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    July 27, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I am just saying that your house is so stinking adorable I may throw up in my mouth. It’s literally like your shit don’t stink! I am starting to really think you may poo gold. And I am okay with it 🙂

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    Becky Bedbug
    July 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I love gallery walls! I’m planning one for my living room.


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    July 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This is FABULOUS! I love all the artwork, and It really influenced me into decorating my walls more!!
    I definetly need to get on that! Awesome Post 🙂


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    July 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Wow, you have some really great ideas about wall decor regarding hanging pictures. I am so afraid to put up frames & make holes in the wall!! I don’t want it to be wrong or look cluttered. I love your idea & it will free up some counter & shelf space @ my house! Thanks for the post!

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    July 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Wow, your house is absolutely gorgeous! I have never been able to group wall hangings/photos quite right, but this gives me plenty of ideas. I especially love your colorful craft room (I am on a major yellow kick right now!). Thanks for sharing!

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    July 29, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Wow what a great post! I love the clipboards hanging on the wall to display art. I need to come back to this post when I have more time to soak it all in!! I am doing LOTS of redecorating and need some great ideas and your home is beautiful! 🙂

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    July 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for this blog post – I used the idea and grouped my bedroom pictures together on Saturday.

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    Michelle {the Momma Bird}
    July 30, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I love how bright and cheery your house is! Once the hubs is out of the military – I plan on decorating with that white/fresh/clean look! Moving can do a number on your furniture that’s for darn sure!

    ps. love how creative you got in your craft room and the bunting is adorable!

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    Jess @ The Colorful Ones
    July 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I love the overall feel of your whole house… so cheerful! I think the bright yellow secretary and the bunting above it are probably my favorite details… or maybe that bright floral pillow … or the aqua barn wood looking picture frame … awe, shucks – I love it all! 🙂

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    July 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Girl your house seems so inviting. I am so inspired now to finally start hanging things on the wall after reading this- I mean it’s been a year since we moved in, time to get cozy right? Miss you, wish we could have a hot chocolate date!!

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    July 31, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I just LOVE your house!!! Can you come decorate mine?? 🙂
    How do you keep all your white couches so clean? My couches get so dirty with the kids!

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    August 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love your color schemes! Your home looks so bright and fun and warm! I love the nursery and your family portraits!!

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    Beatrice Pacheco
    August 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I love your house!!! It’s very worm looking….I Love colors & the pictures …you have wonderful ideas ,thank you 🙂

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    August 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, Just found your blog today by search. I’ve enjoyed reading all of your blogs DIY, Decorations etc. All of my favorites. I love the idea of using Clip board. I have so many from my son that it’s stacking up in the box. Thanks.

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    October 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Love the colors on your walls, do you know what they are? 🙂

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    February 25, 2013 at 12:51 am

    What size are the frames and the canvas? I just love the layout and have the perfect spot in my living room. I just can’t get the proportions right

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    Amy Everpean
    March 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I love the artwork in this home!! I recently redid some of the rooms in my house with wall decals from and it turned out so cute!

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