Living Room Gallery Wall

Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall with Green Tufted Sofa

Right after Christmas whilst un-decking my halls, and officially determining this the final year for my hot pink Christmas tree, I realized I was ready to move on from our living room's pink accent wall as well. Something about a new year called for a fresh start and I was anxious for a cleaner slate. I dipped into a can of my trusted Valspar Du Jour and got to work erasing all traces of my 2014 color-crazed zeal. 

And then I was all, wait, this is boring. More color! More pattern! 

Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall
Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall with Green Tufted Sofa
Brass and Glass Coffee Table

I didn't set out to create a massive gallery wall, in fact my plan was just to incorporate a few thrifted pieces I already had and try to create a small but impactful cluster of art. This was supposed to be one of those quick and cost-effective updates, but it's now the end of June, so naturally it was neither.  

The whole idea hinged on finding a focal spot in our house for the Frank Stella print I'd recently found tucked in a corner at a local junk shop. Admittedly, I had no idea who Frank Stella was when I saw it, I'm just a color/pattern junkie and for $4 happily became its new owner! 

Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall
Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall with Green Tufted Sofa

I don't know if you can tell from these photos, but it is large (4' wide, specifically) and the only spot in our house I could think to put it was way up on the right corner of this wall. So high. So weird. Thus to make its crazy high placement seem intentional I decided on grouping other pieces of art nearby. The small piano window in the center of this wall has always made decorating a bit tricky, but incorporating it in to the overall gallery wall structure, as if it were a piece of art itself, made the most sense to me.

And then it just kind of snowballed from there. I started with art I had, pieces currently homeless, others pilfered from places I thought were already their forever homes. But every time I'd create a grouping I liked there'd always be one spot – if there was just something this size... color... style... for that spot then I could call the wall finished. 

Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall
Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall with Green Tufted Sofa

It forced me to get creative, and also spend way more money than I had intended – new frames to update some of the thrifted art, repurposing a (sadly discontinued) brushstroke paper placemat from Idlewild Co., and enlisting Luke's computer prowess to create that pink and blue triangle print, my homage to the wall's previous incarnation. 

Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall

I love how that Rifle Paper Co. Ostrich art print I found at hutch pairs with the thrifted Norman Rockwell Aviary print above it!  

Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall

And just as I was losing steam and running low on ideas Jenny Komenda came out with Jenny's Print Shop – so many affordable prints perfect for this project! I went with Peonies and Agave.  

Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall

The rest of the room stayed basically the same. Although after removing the Christmas tree I decided not to put the white tulip table back in. Instead I added these green arm chairs. Not at all comfortable for any lengthy sit, but I am so about that 80s sculptural shape.

I mean we don't have the TV in here so it's fine.  

Colorful Living Room
Colorful Living Room Vintage Wall Art
Colorful Living Room Vintage Wall Art
Colorful Vintage Record Player

It took a while to pull it together, but I'm really happy with how the gallery wall has updated the living room. It's bright and punchy, and each piece tells a story.

Here's hoping we move before I create another reason to photograph this room.  

Colorful Living Room Gallery Wall with Green Tufted Sofa