This little project is actually something we finished months ago and in my head I posted it months ago…uh, nope. Didn’t do it. Toootally forgot about it. Chalk it up to pregnancy brain…okay I’ll stop using that as an excuse. You’re really missing the point.
A gallery wall in Aiden’s room for his art and some photos was something super easy that we knew we wanted to do even before we moved into our current apartment.
Nine cheap white Ikea frames, a hammer, and some nails was basically all it took. We cut out newspaper the approximate size of the frames so we could see how we wanted the spacing and because we weren’t sure which wall we wanted it on, it was an easy way to visualize the end result.
The white really pops against the dark blue and I liked that it breaks up the expanse of intense color so we thought of putting them on the other wall in that corner…(these next two are cellphone pictures because that’s what blogs are for, right?)
…but we have something else in mind for that wall so white on white it was. We thought about painting the frames but we like it white so we can easily switch out what’s inside without worrying about coordinating. I actually realllly like the idea of colorful mats to go with it, but we like it how it is for now and the beauty of it is we can always add it!
Once we had an idea of where we wanted it, it took Tuvia a minimal amount of time to put up the frames.
The gallery is a combo of some of his first paintings/drawings, photos that we just printed at home, projects from daycare, and….his diploma! For graduating from the “baby” group in daycare. I am one proud mama.
We have since switched out some of the contents and moved things around so now it looks like this:
We’ll continue to add to it and move things around as we feel like it. Seeing it in photos, the imbalance of color is making me itch… and knowing Aiden, we assume he’ll want to choose what goes where soon.
I might not always agree with his decisions, but I love that he wants to make them and when it comes to decorating his room I’m all for him having a say (fast forward to a character-themed room with clashing colors and me cringing).
What do you think about art in a kid’s room? Are you more of a print person? DIY? Have someone else make something for you? Ideally, we would have an artist’s original art, Aiden’s original art, and things made by the people we love. Feel free to contribute to his collection 😉