Gallery walls are something I often despise in a gallery but love in a home if done right. There are a few ways to go about it: you can make it modern and minimal with the same color frames and even spacing, or go for a more bohemian look with a mismatching of frames, images and spacing. I think the choice really depends on your style and decor. I went the latter route to add a little warmth to a room that leans toward minimal and modern.
So, why did I frame frames? Good question; here's the back story. I used to be a framer. When I was in grad school in Santa Barbara I framed for an art gallery and we built our own frames. That means we bought the frame in length and cut and joined them in the studio. When we would clean out the left over scraps I would make odd sized frames for myself out of the beautiful and often costly moldings.
Well, I had been carrying these frames around with us from place to place for the past thirteen years. Matt always made fun of me for it and wanted me to get rid of them, but I just couldn't bear to part with them. Being a framer I knew how much those frames cost. I would slowly frame things one by one with them throughout the years but a stack still remained.
So maybe about two months ago I was looking at this big blank wall I’d bought a large painting for that just didn't work. I thought about my frames and said, "huh, I'm gonna try this". I half did it just to make Matt laugh and half because I was in a get rid of everything mode and it was gonna be their last chance. I started composing my frames within each other and then adding some framed images in between. When I was finished I stepped back and thought, "see that's why I've been lugging you guys along all these years". So with that the new frames within frames gallery wall was born.
Get The Look:
If you like this look but don't have a stack of art frames that you have been hoarding like me have no fear just take a trip to your local thrift shops and grab a few catch your eye. There is always mirrors and odd thrift store art that you can take out easily to salvage the frame on the cheap. You may also go to frame stores and see if they have sale bins with fancy frames that were cut the wrong size.