I’ve had a ton of you tell me how much you like collage walls, but just aren’t sure how to do them. Yes there are a ton of patterns and templates out there for you to follow on Pinterest. They’re great, but in order to get the vintage, shabby, coastal look I’m going for you can’t really follow a set pattern. So today I’m going to share ten simple tips on how you can create your own photo collage wall.
One: Mark out your square: I love decorating with in squares/rectangles and odd numbers. The center of your collage should be eye level. I’m shorter than the average person so I stand on my toes and market it with a piece of painters tape. If it helps you can always mark out the outline of your square with painters tape as well.
Two: Take your time! The wall isn’t going anywhere. It has taken me about two weeks to finally get our family photo collage wall done. It’s better to plan it out than is to just throw it up.
Three: Map out your wall with left over wrapping paper. Use all that left over Christmas and Birthday wrapping to trace out your frames and tape them to the wall first. This way your can map out your collage without putting unnecessary holes in the wall.
Four: Plan your two or three statement pieces. This will give you something to build around. I used 2 large frames, old wooden letters and I painted them to match our color scheme.
Five: Work from the edges to the center and place your statement pieces first. Once you have placed your larger statement pieces it’s easier to fill in the puzzle. Remember to save room for other little accessories.
Six: Test out different arrangements. Take a picture and then try another Thing always look different the next day.
Seven: Picking the right frames. No you do not need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on new frames. Use what you have and paint them to match your paint scheme. Your frames don’t need to match. I actually prefer for them not to match. I like the vintage shabby look.
Eight: It’s time to hang. Again work from the edges in. Hang your statement pieces and then work around them.
Nine: Add accessories: What items mean something to your family? Shells, ticket stubs or maybe an antique or two.
Ten: Make adjustments: Don’t stress if it isn’t perfect. I always make a couple of adjustments. It’s ok!
Not quite right. Something was just off for me.
So just by removing one picture, moving a couple around I was done!
And now… I’m happy!