Our upstairs hallway has been looking a little drab and boring lately. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Edward S. Curtis photographs that are hanging there, but I needed to add some color into that space.
While I was at Svenskt Tenn, the assistant who was cutting my fabric, gave me samples of every single Josef Frank wallpaper. At first I thought, “this will be great to show my clients” But the more I looked at the samples the more I wanted to do something more with them. So, I decided to do an entire gallery wall with all the beautiful colorful patterns.
Here are the before pictures of the hallway…
Most of the samples were already cut into 8.25″ x 11.75″ size rectangles. The rest of the samples I cut into the same size. I didn’t have enough wallpaper samples to make the three rows of five that I wanted, so I used two fabric scraps that I had, and you can’t even tell the difference.
For the frames I used the super simple, white ikea Nyttja frame (it only cost $3.99 each!). I bought a block of water color paper and cut each sheet to fit the frames. I then taped (with artist tape) the wallpaper onto it, using my eye to center it.
Hanging the frames was pretty easy as well. My husband was nice enough to do most of the hanging for me. We actually used the existing hooks that we had in the wall for the photographs and added an additional frame in between them. It turned out to be a perfect 3.5″ spacing. We then did a row below and above the first row. Making sure to measure exactly 4″ spacing vertically and 3.5″ spacing horizontally. This type of gallery wall is one you have to measure exactly and use a level if you can. We ended up just using our ruler because our level wasn’t so level any more.
I really love how it turned out. It accentuates the wall more and makes it look bigger and brighter. Not to mention it makes me so happy every time I walk by. It it will also make for a great sample wall to show my clients how great Josef Frank wallpapers look on an actual wall. Win win!