A Bright & Happy Boys’ Gallery Wall

I’ve been working on Matthew & Nathan’s bedroom recently. It’s taking me a little longer to finish than I thought it would, but I’m super excited about how it is all coming together! Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait it out a bit and that’s when the right things come together.


In fact that’s how I prefer to do all of my design around our home… it’s a process and I love the gathering stages as much as I do the installation. And often times when I try to force it or hurry and get it finished, it just doesn’t feel quite right or I’m not happy with certain elements of the room.

That’s what was happening here in this boy bedroom for me. I knew I wanted a gallery wall over their dresser but wasn’t happy with the things I had. So I decided to walk away and work on other rooms in our home. Soon after that I came across this vintage 3D map at a thrift store and then the awesome vintage painting next to it at a different thrift store a week later. I knew they would be perfect for this masculine gallery wall and they gave me the inspiration I needed to bring this whole area together!

IMG_0422One of my go-to design tips is to use a tray on your dressers or nightstands in the bedrooms. I love the extra layer it adds on top of the dresser and it’s also a great place to corral the stuff or to put a drink on, etc… and with painted furniture, having a tray really helps to protect it from liquids or scratches.

The “tray” I used here is not actually a tray at all; it’s a wall mirror! I repurposed it by using it as a tray and I love the dimensional shape of it. It’s a fun change from the typical square or rectangular trays that you normally see and works perfectly in this bright and happy boy bedroom!

IMG_0423It’s all about the mix for me and I love the bright bold colors in the lamp and 3D map contrasted against the faded tones in the vintage painting and old books.

As a sidenote, this dresser is one I scored at one of my local antique shops and then I painted it with my staple that I think is the best white paint for furniture >> Polar Bear from Behr. It’s the perfect white that feels like a bright white, but it isn’t too stark or cool in tone.

Happy Tuesday!


Sources >> Umbra: Gold Dimensional Mirror / Land of Nod: Green Lamp / Behr: Polar Bear White Paint / Heidi Swapp: Minc Foiling Machine (used to create the custom art print… blog post with details and FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD here)


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