Ombre Gallery Wall

Ombre gallery wall (via abeautifulmess.com)Did you guys see my home office tour? I just wanted to share a little more about the ombre gallery wall that hangs above my file cabinets. And I have to confess to you guys, this was not the first idea I tried in this space.

Bulletin boardI posted the above photo on my IG a few months ago, and behind that mostly gone green smoothie is a big hand-painted bulletin board I had installed in the same area that my ombre gallery wall now hangs.

My thinking was, I like having lists, notes, and calendars hanging nearby as I work as it helps me stay on track and remember little details (like what size to save cookbook photos to vs. images I’m saving for the blog, etc.). I also already had a white painted bulletin board that I had inherited from the studio house move. So I decided to paint some circles on it that matched the colors in my office and hang it up. The result: I liked it, but not for very long.

Ombre gallery wall (via abeautifulmess.com) Ombre gallery wall (via abeautifulmess.com) After living with the bulletin board for a few months, I decided it felt too messy and clutter-y for my space. I wanted something colorful but with cleaner lines and a modern feel. I also quickly realized that I only used about 1/5 of the bulletin for notes or lists. The rest I would sometimes pin random things to, or just leave completely empty.

And that’s when the idea for this ombre gallery wall came to me. I also sort of love having more photos of friends, family, and trips I’ve been on hung nearby the space I am most often in – my office chair. Just reminds me how good life is right now.

It’s no secret that we at ABM love Canon USA, and I worked with them on this project. I used my PIXMA MG7720 (it’s gold!) to print my photos. I love that I can print 4×6 photos so quickly from home! I printed all of these as well as my vacation pictures from Chile in no time at all, and I had a lot of vacation pictures. 🙂

Anyway, this isn’t one of those DIY projects that is super complicated. You can probably pretty much guess how to achieve this look just by looking at my wall. But I thought I’d share a few tips that helped me make this project SUPER easy.

Print your photosSupplies:
-printed photos
-photo frames (I used 16 square frames I bought at 50% off at a box craft store.)
-poster board or enough colored papers to fill the frames
-scissors
-ruler
-glue dots
-level (you can download one on your smartphone if needed)
-command strips

I used poster paper in four different colors going from red to pink to a warm cream tone. Using poster papers made the project a little more economical (and I needed it, since I decided to buy 16 frames as well!), and then you can cut them to fit whatever size frames you prefer. I bought my poster paper at a local art shop, as they had a wider variety of colors to choose from than many of the craft supply stores I usually frequent.

Assemble the framesStep One: Cut your colored papers to fit each frame. Be sure to plan out how many of each color you need to give your gallery wall that ombre effect.

Step Two: Print, and if needed, cut your photos.

Step Three: Assemble each frame with the colored papers and photos. I used a ruler to find the middle of each colored paper and then used a couple of glue dots to stick my photo in place.

Hang the framesStep Four: Hang your picture frames. Since I was hanging 16 frames in all, I decided to use command strips because I didn’t want to put that many holes into my drywall. I own my home, so I technically CAN put holes in my wall, but since I know myself well enough to know that I’ll probably change this wall sometime in the next couple of years (I just like change – don’t judge me!), I didn’t want to have to repair and repaint my wall that much. If you prefer to hang your picture frames with nails and a hammer, go for it! But I personally love command strips.

I also highly recommend using a level to make sure you hang your frames straight. It’s tempting to just eyeball it, but with this many frames, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Emma's ombre gallery wall (via abeautifulmess.com)Once you have them hung, you’re done! This project is simple and can be done relatively quickly (probably took me about 3 hours total once I had my supplies, and I work kind of slow when I’m hanging things), but I just love how it turned out in my space. Thanks for letting me share! xx. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Emma Chapman and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

  • This is such a great idea! I’m going to create something similar but with different shade of colors. I’m thinking blue or yellow ombre would look so pretty, bright, and fresh!

  • i LOVE this idea! it’s the perfect pop of color to the bare walls in my apartment <3 — and where are your filing cabinets from?? they’re exactly what i’ve been looking for!

  • LOVE THIS! Just came across this post and I know this totally wasn’t the point of this one, but I LOVE the painted bulletin board and it is exactly the solution I have been looking for in my office/guest room/play room! Art AND functionality. #genuis Going to get the supplies today for it–thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • I love this idea! I just moved into my new house and I’m trying to come up with fun ways to decorate my new office. I think it would be fun do to this with the prints from Elise’s Get To Work Book!

    Laura
    http://laurelandfern.com/

  • This is such a pretty arrangement, I really like the way the different colors of paper look together. I’ve been trying to come up with wall art ideas for a difficult wall in a bedroom, and this just might have solved the problem for me. 🙂

  • What a cute idea. I need to do this on my bedroom wall
    www.MARINASAYS.com

  • beautiful! I love that you used command strips to hold them up rather than nailing them. Which specific command product did you use?

  • This looks really extraordinary! The idea is simple, but I’d never thought of that. I’m about to help with decorating my mother’s new apartment and looking for some inspo, so maybe I’ll try to create a gallery wall like that for her.
    You girls are amazing!

    http://stylestandpoint.com

  • Love how easily you can change the color of these frames! Great DIY!

    Mimi
    www.coffeeandsunday.com

  • Wow, such a beautiful effect and it’s so easy to craft! I love this!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • The ombre effect is so unique!! Especially with doing it in a gallery wall! I love it!

  • Very cool wall. Still super in love with the rug http://www.hannamarielei.com

  • Very cool idea, I want to do this with cobalt blue or red.

    Chelsey | www.chelseythornton.com

  • Amazing. I want to try this in my office with a different colour palette 🙂
    Lucy xoxo
    lucyanblog.blogspot.com

  • It looks so clean-lined and bright! Simple to do, too. It looks great 🙂

    http://danielleandco.com

  • Oh wow, that looks absolutely gorgeous! We have a lot of bare walls in our rental, might have to give this a go

  • Command strips are the GREATEST things, I am renting and have my walls absolutely covered with posters and I love that I can change or add things so easily 🙂 great wall project <3

  • I love how you achieved a fresh, happy and organized wall in your office through the color of matting and repetition of frames! The ombre matting is beautiful. I appreciate your brilliant ideas and I am grateful that you share them!

  • Love it! What size are your frames? And what size did you cut the photos to be?

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