I asked for your input on this family room that I recently made over for my friends. We had an overwhelming response on Social Media about what chair to choose! I gave 4 options and the funny thing is the chair that got the most votes was one I added last minute because I loved the pattern and needed another option, not thinking it would be the winner. Since we were finishing the room my friend asked me to do a gallery wall up her stairs for family photos.
First up let’s take a look at the Staircase BEFORE the Gallery Wall….
Nothing much to it making it not feel connected to the front room. Here are the steps I go thru when creating a Gallery Wall-
Gallery Wall Creation-
Pick out your frames-
You could do all the same frames and larger in size for a simple look. For larger frames I would measure your wall and see how many you can fit. I have this look up our stairs and have large 8×10 frames shown HERE
Or you could do an assortment of frames and sizes like we are doing today. For this look I suggest buying more frames than you think you might need. You can always return after. I ended up using 12 frames.
Layout your frame grouping on the floor. I actually did this at the store before I bought them to get a idea of how many I would need. Then lay them out at home again by the area you plan on hanging them.
Recruit an assistant, or a cute daughter in my case. Hold up the first frame and the one next to it that is the lowest. Make sure that you keep your starting frame about eye level when you are on the first step. The second lower frame you don’t want too low that it is below the railing or getting obstructed too much.
Group about 5 frames together then leave some dead space before starting the next grouping. And change up the frame arrangement with each grouping.
Order your photos after you have your arrangement set and hung. If you don’t have enough photos to choose from you could fill the empty frames with wallpaper or wrapping paper until you find the right photo. I also like to mix in art with all my gallery walls.
I love how the Staircase feels like part of the room now. It really makes the room look bigger.
Now let’s talk about the new chair, but let me back up a little. When I shared this home on my blog and the reveal of the makeover of this room, I received a comment. It said something a long the lines of “the room feels off balance with the couch in front of the window and the tv just hanging on the wall. I know that is the homeowner’s decision.”
She was right that it did feel off balance. And I should have mentioned on the original post that we had plans for a chair and a console under the TV but it wasn’t in the budget at the time, or rather they didn’t think it was important. Funny thing is after the homeowner read the comment on my blog he was like “what chair would you do and what console?” Ha! So the comment was another good bug in their ear! BUT they did still take their time and budget it in. We also took our time deciding on the last pieces for the room.
#1- Blush 3,256 votes
#2 or #5- Gray 3,161 votes
#3- Cream 1,938 votes
WINNER….. #4- Buffalo Check 4,395 votes
Obviously we went with the winner! My friends were on board, although Scott did like the blush chair the most. I thought I did too, but after talking it thru we thought the blush might be too washed out with the floor. And we could add a pink pillow to make everyone happy. We did compare the sizes and they were all pretty similar.
And for a reminder what the room looked like BEFORE…
Scott also made the TV console. Just something simple to anchor the TV. I couldn’t find anything online to buy that was wider than the TV and had an opening for the ottoman. So he made it! And painted it in a bright white rather than competing with the wood mantle and floors. He made a blanket ladder while he was at it!
If you voted on social media or here, thanks for helping us decide! I also listed all the sources below…
All the frames for the Gallery Wall were bought HERE
Blog post on Fireplace Makeover and complete room Sources HERE
Gold Round Target Mirror HERE
Pink Pillows HERE
Sofa is older from Lillian August
Carpet on the stairs can be found HERE they used the same guy to cut it to size for stairs and install that I used for mine