Here comes the difficult and maybe confusing part:
Measurements you need to get:
How did you decide what pictures went where?
I wanted to do a full wall! It would’ve looked funny to stop the gallery at the door when it’s open and we shut the door often enough that it’s not an issue. The doorstopper in the baseboard stops the door from hitting the frames just behind it, as well. Again, it’s all a matter of personal preference!
Did you have any rhyme or reason to the photos you chose?
Who took these photos?
Is the glass in the frames plexi glass or glass?
How did you hang on the wall to prevent shifting?
Reason to use large format pictures with no matting versus matting?
Will you print more pictures moving forward? Would you start to mix and match the photos in the wall?
Total cost of the project?
I believe it was somewhere in the $300 range. The frames themselves were $200 something (I bought 20 of them and used the other four elsewhere in our home) and the printing was under $200. The price, of course, is completely adjustable depending on what you do!
Why did you do it in your bedroom and not a more highly-trafficked area in your home?
There’s a few reasons why I chose our bedroom. First, I like to keep a fairly “minimal” home. I use the word minimal lightly here, since I still have a good amount of “stuff” and decor everywhere. But, I don’t like to hang things just to hang things or to have decor on every single wall. I think there needs to be a healthy balance between blank space and filled space in a room. Our bedroom was definitely more empty than it was full, so I knew I wanted to add something else in there. That wall and my idea for a floor to ceiling gallery fit perfectly!
As far as not putting it in our living space, we didn’t have the room! I’m hoping to share our main living area here in the next week or two, so you’ll see what I mean. I already have a “gallery” of sorts made up of mirrors and frames, so adding a photo gallery wall would be too much, even if we did have the wall space for it.
Did you edit the photos at all or crop them to fit?
I didn’t do a single thing to them! They’re professional photos from our wedding, so I didn’t need to adjust anything. I chose all vertical shots, so that cropping didn’t come into play.
If I did something like this, would I have to have the frames all in the same orientation?
You can do whatever you want! I don’t really believe in following the “rules” with things like that. If you like the look of mixed frames on a symmetrical gallery wall, go for it! For this wall and this purpose, I knew I wanted all the same frames. Since I have large prints of so many photos, I wanted to keep everything else really simple.
Why did you go to the floor with the wall?
As mentioned in the post, I like the drama of a full-wall gallery. It’s all a personal preference thing – you do it how you like it and how it will work well in your home!
Did you consider doing black and white photos?
I didn’t. The color scheme from our wedding fits perfectly into our decor style in our master bedroom, so there was no issues there. If you like the idea of a large gallery wall like this but have photos will all different colors, black and white would be a more subdued way to do it!