I've been working up a plan for my long, dark Victorian hallway for a couple months now. I've rounded up tons of inspiration pieces, and finally settled on a gallery wall.
I decided to stick with a variety of sizes of the same white frame, and other than a few pieces of art, I'll mostly be framing my own photos. I received a ton of awesome advice and suggestions for how to bring more light into the hallway. I decided against a mirror for a couple of reasons. One that my roommate pointed out was probably the best. He was worried that having a mirror in the hallway would end up creeping us all out when you catch a dark, shadowy figure out of the corner of your eye. Creepy. I think the glass in the frames and the light colors will bounce the natural light around just fine. Also, once I've got some art up on the walls, they'll be less of a blank eye-sore and more of a focal point.
Over the weekend I made a trip to my local Ikea, and picked up a bunch of frames. I set a budget, and did a bunch of research before I headed out, and literally had a shopping list with which frames (sizes and prices written down) and how many of each. I had a couple art pieces I'd never gotten around to framing, but realized that the Ikea Ribba frames came in sizes that worked perfect for me! I was lucky that I found an old Ikea gift card in a junk drawer (which in California never expire!!) and got a coupon for $20 off $150 or more in my email last week. I wound up with 14 frames (enough for a gallery wall and a few other spots in my flat) and a random champagne bucket (because IKEA!) for a grand total of $174. Since I spent more than $150, I qualified for $20 off, and used my $40 gift card.
The best part of all of this was being able to frame the art that had literally spent the last five years rolled up in a poster tube in a closet. The extra-large Ikea Ribba frame's overall dimensions are 24x35.5", which is pretty much a standard poster frame, and it's only $17.99!
I also ordered large-scale prints from Shutterfly to fill some of the biggest frames. Shutterfly always seems to be running a promotion of some kind, so with a couple discounts I was able to spend less than $40 for two 16x20" prints and one 20x30" print.
I'm still working on getting everything into the frames, and then actually getting the frames on the wall, but the plunge has been taken!
What DIY projects are you working on this winter? How do you make The City feel like home? Let me know in the comments!