I recently transferred our rather large gallery wall from the living room to the dining room. I had high hopes, and they may have been exceeded. (I love it!) A little background...
This shot is from about two years ago, although not much has changed. I've added a piece of art or two and shifted accordingly, but the overall effect is the same. We're now using a slightly larger TV console and the side tables, lamps, textiles and accessories rotate often. But overall, the room works really well for us.
When a room gets to the point where it's "finished," functions well in everyday life and just feels right, I can live with it for quite awhile. But inevitably there comes a time when looking at the same thing for so long is less inspiring, and my eye craves a change of scenery.
And I loved that gallery wall, I really did. It was a labor of love, collected over many months and installed with love. I definitely am not "over" gallery walls, and they really do a great job satisfying my need for interesting and unexpected contrast. I knew the concept had a good amount of life left in it, with just a bit of shaking up.
On the flip side, I've been struggling with our dining room for quite awhile now. No matter what art has lived on the main wall in here, the room hasn't quite felt balanced or complete. I've included some examples of dining rooms past, below. This is due partially to the (large) size of the wall, as well as the bulk of the banquette. When we had three wreaths here over the holidays (Thanksgiving pictured above), I loved it so much and knew the wall needed something that would fill it more adequately.
So, when inspiration struck last week, I went for it. It's amazing how fun it feels in just the next room over - it brings so much life into this space! I was able to use most of the same pieces, bringing in just one or two "new" ones (from other areas of the house). And, the new version includes less breathing room between the frames, which just felt right for this space.
It's already a tough room to photograph, and with so much rain recently it was even tricker, so I apologize for the less-than-ideal photos, but I think you get the idea! My goal was to make the room feel not only more finished, but more inviting…and I'm happy to report this is the case. You can see the fabric swatch there I'm considering for a pillow or two. I don't want to overcrowd the banquette with pillows, but just an accent or two will be nice.
And now…what to do with this lovely wall o' holes in the living room?! I have a rough idea in mind - something more symmetrical, simple. It will likely be a DIY. (Oh! and the paper lantern is another "new" addition here! Relocated from our front hallway, and a much better scale than the previous model - an Ikea fixture which was always intended as a placeholder. This definitely falls into the category of, "why didn't I do this sooner?!") More on this room coming soon, I hope! Eek…including a solution for the lovely cords behind the TV console.