Black and Tan

I have come to learn that the style of gallery wall I like best is known as the “collected gallery wall”, meaning the grouping is curated over time and assembled in one spot.

I started by laying everything -- pictures, photos, objects -- on the floor.
I started by laying everything — pictures, photos, objects — on the floor.

As I looked through my items laid out on the floor I noticed a lot of sepia tone, black and subtle colors.  I also noticed I had souvenirs from trips and photos that reminded me both of family and travel.

I moved one piece at a time into the "wall" pile.
I moved one piece at a time into the “wall” pile.

As I began to pull together just the ones that related to each other colorwise I liked the variety yet cohesiveness.

I cut out some of the shapes in brown paper and hung them on the wall between the mudroom and the kitchen.
I cut out some of the shapes in brown paper and hung them on the wall between the mudroom and the kitchen.

Going against all the rules I’m using different shapes, colors, sizes, and themes.

It's a start.
It’s a start.

Usually I’d just whack nails in the wall but this is taking more time and thought than I would have hoped. I’ll keep working.

How do you choose what goes on your walls?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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