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How To Create a Gallery Wall In Your Home

Wall gallery displays in Interior Decor have become a popular way to dress up the walls in your home.  To ensure you get this focal wall just right, I’m sharing a few guidelines with you that I like to follow.

You want to make sure that your hard efforts of creating a gallery wall in your own home will pay off to give you your desired look, especially before putting holes in that wall!

You’ll also see:

  • My my ‘rules’ for creating a gallery wall in your home
  • What to consider when choosing your wall art and your frames
  • How I created a simple (& inexpensive!) gallery wall as focal point in my own home
  • A foyer & dining room of two different clients using their own photos to personalise the space
  • 3D renderings to allow clients to visualise my ideas for these accent walls within their home



You know I like to plan, so this is very important.  I like when there is at least one common thread throughout the entire gallery wall, something tying it all together. The first thing you need to do is:


For my client’s front entryway (below), we decided to use the theme of ‘family’ photos. We wanted to convey through the images in the gallery that this is tight knit family with a home full of love and fun!  The images we framed were from their wedding and trips that they had taken together over the years, as a family.

Similar Frames or Mat Colour

The other thing I like t do sometimes is to use all the same frames. In my own living room, I have a feature wall with IKEA frames that are all the same wood toned colour. I also made my own mats to frame each photograph and painted it the same as the wall colour, Flint by Benjamin Moore.

Each of our ‘Nature’ photos also have a little bit of yellow in each one.

Shown below is what I did in our basement. All the mat colours are the same, but you can see that I decided to go with different frames – different in both style and in size.

Photos from our travels, before kids and before we moved back to Canada from England.

Take Your Measurements

Now wait! Don’t put your hammer to nails just yet!

Before you put a hole in the wall, you’ll need to measure the wall space where your wall art will live. Let’s say it’s going above a sofa. You don’t want it to exceed the actual width of the sofa.

As with anything, there are some exceptions to the rule. However, for the purpose of this post, let’s stick to that rule.

Below in my daughter Elise’s room.  Notice how the items on the wall do not extend past her bed?

To measure it out, I do one of two things.

I either use my 3D program and map it all out like you can see in the rendering below. This way I can show clients exactly how I intend to set up their gallery wall display and get their approval for the set up.

Or you could map it all out on the floor. Use a measuring tape and play around with the arrangement by moving your decorative pieces around until you get the look you want.

Tip: Take photos of proposed layouts before adjusting items to try another look.  This way you don’t need to worry about remembering each possibility! (Hey, we aren’t getting any younger, right?!)

Typically, I like to start by placing the biggest piece first, unless of course all the photos are the same size.

You’ll also want to consider if you (or your client) is someone who likes things to be symmetrical or if you are a bit more ‘loosey goosey’ and like the quirkiness of an asymmetrical design.

Symmetrical layout of my clients framed photographs in their industrial dining room we designed.

Keep each piece of wall art close enough together so they’re relating to one another.  At the same time, allow for some breathing space so each item can be appreciated when looking at the final design, just as we did above in our clients very cool dining room

What I love about so many gallery walls, is not only are they a great way to display artwork, but these feature walls are a great opportunity to make a space personal.

That’s what great design is all about.

Just like my tagline states, “Love where you live, live a better life.”

When you surround yourself with personal and sometimes sentimental items that are meaningful to you, that’s when you really make a house, a home.

Plus, you’re going to be excited to show off your beautifully decorated home with those who mean the most to you.  A win-win for sure!

Do you have a Gallery Wall of Art in your home?


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Current Projects: Mudroom, Powder Room & More

The month of May typically sees a bit of a slow down for new inquiries and that’s ok by me just now as we have plenty of projects on the go.  Here’s a round up of what we’ve been working on at CCD!

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Laminates Have Come A Long Way Baby!

Wilsonart is well known for it’s countertop materials such as laminates, solid surface & quartz.  But at this years Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (#kbisblogtour) it was the laminates that were getting so much of the attention!  Watch my video to see why.

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To Design a Smart & Sexy Kitchen, You Need This

We want our kitchens to look sleek, sexy and classic right?  Of course! But it’s also imperative that they do what we need them to do in terms of functionality. It’s like when we meet someone who we are attracted to. Initially it may be their looks that entice us, but if there’s nothing between the ears and the personality is flat, then what’s the point?

Fortunately, when it comes to appliances, Thermador has very thoughtfully considered both.  

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What Detail is Often Overlooked in Interior Design?

Earlier this month I headed to KBIS – Kitchen and Bath Industry Show – in Orlando for Blog Tour 2017!  It was an all expenses paid trip hosted by the lovely Veroinkia Miller of Modenus. The purpose of the tours are to connect interior designer professionals from all across North America with vendors of the show so we can learn about their products and share them with you.

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2016 Year in Review Video

Another year gone already? I’m afraid so.  2016 was a great one though!

We were involved in numerous wonderful projects (our best year to date actually) creating more stunning spaces for our fabulous clients. Our 3D  Design Service with our comprehensive powerpoint presentation package continues to be

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Happy Christmas!

Thanking you for always supporting us in the work that we do.  We are looking forward to 2017, it’s going to be a great year for design and decor!  I am currently working on a Year in Review video for 2016 and will share with you soon.  Have a great Christmas with family and loved ones.

Claire Jefford xoxo


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This Ugly Duckling Transformed! A Living Room Re-design

It’s November already!?! Donald Trump is the new US President?!  Christmas is just around the corner?!!  I know, I’ve been AWOL for the last little while and so much has been happening in this world!

So why not escape for a few minutes to see this latest transformation that I recently had photographed.  If you like a good before and after, you’re going to love this.  

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Creating Your Gallery Wall

Wall Gallery displays have become a very popular way to show off one’s photography or artwork Whether it’s big, small or somewhere in between, creating a gallery with your favorite prints and
art pieces can instantly elevate the style of any space.

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Halloween Party & Decorating Ideas at Homesense

Do you go crazy for Halloween?  So many people do! I think it’s because you can have so much fun with decorating this time of year, there seems to be no limits and its only growing in popularity.

Last week, my daughter Elise and I headed to Homesense in our home town of Burlington, Ontario to see what decorating ideas we could find.  Homesense never lets me down

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