THIS OR THAT: Gallery Wall

Gallery wall

A gallery wall is a collection of images that tell a story about your interests. The best part? It can evolve over time to reflect changes in your personal style.

I LOVE a good gallery wall.

Heck, I have an okay gallery wall, and I still love it.

There is art covering every wall of my apartment (read: concert posters, prints from Etsy and Google). It adds so much flavor to my home and each piece connects to a specific memory or time in my life. About a month ago, I finally got around to creating a gallery wall for my bedroom. I purchased a bunch of Ikea frames in different finishes and ordered some high quality prints online. While I really like the way it turned out (it brought a much-needed pop of color and interest to a blank wall), it feels a little lackluster. I spent some time browsing gallery walls on Pinterest and realized what mine is missing - a sense of collection.

It is all fine and well to order prints that rely on a super tight color scheme and aesthetic. I am all for balance and harmony in design and think that this type of gallery can be done really well. However, I think the key to making any gallery wall feel really special is a sense of cultivation and collection. I love the idea of curating photos, posters, images and art that have been collected from different places over a long period of time. It tells a much better story than a group of images purchased on the same day. I am going to keep gathering some #designworthy inspiration and I will definitely be posting a before and after of my gallery wall for you all soon!

In the meantime... which do you prefer? The chic + feminine gallery wall on the left or the masculine + rustic wall on the right?

Feminine Masculine Gallery Wall.jpg
Feminine Masculine Gallery Wall.jpg

Always,

Claire

 

WHY THIS WORKS

COLOR THEORY- Blue (10)

Since blue is everyone's favorite color (see yesterday's post!) I decided to expand on the topic again today! Just wanted to share my favorite usage of blue from the pins I have explored this week. I think it's super important to not only collect visual images that inspire you, but also to take a moment to understand and appreciate why you are drawn to them.

What do you think about this design? Do you like it? If so, what is your favorite part? What would you change if this was in your home?

Just some food for thought...

Always,

Claire

COLOR THEORY: BLUE

COLOR THEORY- Blue (5)

As far as favorite colors go, blue statistically ranks highest. It makes perfect sense- the blue sky above us is a pretty consistent factor in most people's lives (even here in grey San Francisco). It is also the color of the sea and is an easily distinguishable shade for the human eye. It is the color of trust, responsibility, sincerity, and serenity. It is used in 53% of world flags and has a broad history of use in political, religious and cultural settings. Aside from all that, it is like... really pretty. Case in point:

Despite its popularity, blue can be a tricky color to use in an interior setting because of the sheer number of different shades. I feel like the default choice is to go for baby blue (at least, this is what I've garnered from the thousands of hours of House Hunters I have logged over the years). Personally, I'm not that inspired by baby blue, but if you are - go for it! I am just saying that there are SO MANY options with this hue! Grey-blue, navy, blue with green undertones... Experiment! And if you aren't ready to commit to dark blue as a wall color, then try adding in a piece of art or furniture. Live with it and see if you like it!

HOW TO USE BLUE IN YOUR HOME:

  • Go all out with a rich navy wall color or a wild tile installation:
COLOR THEORY- Blue (6)
COLOR THEORY- Blue (6)
  • Not ready to go bold? Try bringing one blue piece into your design. It can be a light fixture, a piece of furniture, or even just some artwork or accessories:
COLOR THEORY- Blue (7)
COLOR THEORY- Blue (7)
  • You can't go wrong with blue and white. Play with pattern!
COLOR THEORY- Blue (8)
COLOR THEORY- Blue (8)

No matter what your research shows about color psychology, go with what YOU love. Color is so important and should be personal- so choose shades that make you feel comfortable, inspired and content. In the end, my advice is to be aware of the history and power of color, but trust your instincts and your own experience!

Where does the color blue show up in your home?

Always,

Claire