Long after the New Year corks have popped, I'm just now resolving to frame and hang those family pictures and travel mementos that I have collected throughout the years. Living in a small space is advantageous in many ways, but wall space is definitely not one of them. The solution, a gallery wall along the stairwell (well, a partial solution - I mean, really, is there ever enough wall space?). Tucked in the stairwell, the collected wall seems more personal and humble than on display in the prime time viewing area of the living room. Plus, the collected gallery wall will visually occupy the odd corners of the stairwell (winning on a decor dime!).
The challenge? Creating a cohesive collected wall with visual balance. I'm not going for the haphazard look, but, on the same token, I would like a fluid collected wall - one that reflects my life and not a staged static wall. Meaning, a measured grid of color coordinated photos is not going to suffice. While I continue to play around with the arrangement of my gallery, here are some inspiring gallery walls from around the web.