Gallery walls will always be classic—you can find them pretty much in any home you set foot in these days, winding up a staircase or serving as the backdrop to a bed. We have several in our apartment, and while I love them, I’m beginning to crave a refresh. I feel like I read somewhere that if you have décor that doesn’t move or often change, your brain begins to not even register it’s there any more and you stop gaining pleasure from seeing it. Now, I don’t know how true that is, but I’m using that as a jumping off point for my new décor venture—picture ledges.
And yep—they’re exactly what they sound like. A store-bought picture ledge is attached to your wall (you can even use a piece of cool crown molding, just be sure to create some sort of lip on the end so your photos don’t fall off), eliminating the crazy measuring and leveling and planning that comes with creating a gallery wall. Another bonus? Picture ledges allow you to change your mind endlessly (perfect if you’re someone who gets décor restless like me) and incorporate more 3D objects, like a geode or tin letter, into your arrangement.
We’ve decided to stay in our apartment for another year and I’m planning a little refresh to our living room space. Along with new couches, I’m going to install a picture ledge on one of our walls. The ingredients? Well, first you’ll need:
A picture ledge
You could doctor up your own with a piece of crown molding cut to the length you need, but the great thing is that picture ledges are super readily available in brand-name stores these days. Go basic with the Ribba Picture ledge from IKEA (a cheapie at $10!), or opt for a wooden, natural look with the this West Elm option for $55. Want to inject some color? Room and Board has fun steel options in green, red and yellow!
Then you’ll need…
I happen to think stylish black and white photos look best in an arrangement like this, so I gravitate towards basic, streamlined frames—these incredible gold leaf gallery frames from West Elm would catch the light so beautifully in a living room, while similar black and white ones keep things monochromatic and chic. If colorful prints and frames are more suitable to your decor style, this slick yellow frame from CB2 would be perfect!
Finally, you’ll need…
Obviously, photos and prints are a no-brainer (I’ve rounded up some of my favorite art destinations here), but mix in more three-dimensional objects into your wall decor as well! I’m really into glass and brass terrariums lately (how cute would this West Elm one look with a little succulent inside?) and a stylish ceramic vase, like this gold dipped version from Schoolhouse Electric, is always a safe option. If you’ve got room, you can always inject a little light and natural texture with a wood framed mirror (Lulu and Georgia does it again!) or add a colorful touch with a blue agate geode—it’s too pretty to pass up!