Gallery Wall Hallway Makeover

For over a year we walked back and forth down this long hallway with nothing to look at but a big empty wall.  When we moved in I thought this would be the  perfect spot for a gallery wall filled with our favorite photos of family and friends.


I think it could have taken me years to find enough coordinating frames to fill the wall and make it look complete.  So….being the impatient girl that I am and already having enough (unfinished) projects on my “to do” list, I decided to hire a carpenter to help me get this project done!  To add some warmth and interest to the hallway we had bead board paneling installed as well crown molding which was the perfect finishing touch to the foyer.

Gallery Wall

Finding the right sizes and mix of frames for our photos (along with a few extra decorative things) did still take some time.  But, the addition of the bead board significantly cut down on the space to fill and made putting the gallery wall together much less overwhelming.  The white painted bead board, soft wall color (Sherwin Williams Ramie) and ivory frames also help to brighten a fairly dark space.

Hallway Before

We have a big open foyer with a high ceiling and this wall is one of the first things you see when you walk in the front door.  I am so happy with how the gallery wall and hallway turned out.  Now I can’t help but smile every time I walk past our most cherished photos of our family and friends.

Gallery Wall

I still have a few more little spaces on the wall where I can add some pictures but for now I think I can happily check this home project off the “to do” list.

Gallery Wall

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  1. Lauren! Your wall looks amazing. I had to keep checking back to the before – it looks entirely different. The crown molding and beadboard alone were a homerun – and then you styled it so beautifully!!! I love it all! Great job!

  2. I’ve been wanting to do something like this on our staircase too, but I never know how to do it. Matching frames, non-matching, black & white photos etc. This looks amazing, especially with the bead board.

    • Cynthia Dolce says:

      I love this look and want to do it in my family room. I have a very long blank wall. I am having so much trouble finding the right frames. Where did you find these?

  3. Love your gallery wall, it was worth the effort! So fresh and crisp, delightful!

  4. I love the Gallery wall! I’m planning to do the same thing behind my sofa. I’m doing a lot of home projects right now and your blog is one of my favorites for inspiration.

  5. Dawn Zukowski says:

    Love the wall! Where is the rug from??!

  6. Very nice. It looks great without needing a mass of frames (that match well). I have a massive blank space on my wall and like you just didn’t know how I would get a great gallery look. This here is a great idea that I may have to borrow. Thanks for the article.

  7. Wow what a huge difference it’s made. It looks awesome.

    I just did mine over the Easter long weekend. Here’s a link to mine if you want to check it out.

  8. My hall already has the beadboard and I have been looking for inspiration for color and how to coordinate frames for a family photo gallery. Thank you so much for sharing your home. This is EXACTLY the look I have been after and now I know how to accomplish it.

  9. Your wall looks beautiful! Do you mind if I ask where you found your frames?

  10. Lisa Conley says:

    I am going to use this gallery as an inspiration picture for my living room wall. Can you share about the mats in the frame? Are they material? Did you buy them in that color? I am so inpspired by your blog YET AGAIN!

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

    • Thanks so much Lisa! Hoping you got the reply left by Patty with all the info. They are mostly from Pier One, Savannah Collection. I had checked their website a few weeks ago because I would like to add a few more frames to another wall and was happy to see they are still available. They often go on sale for 20%. If I see them on sale I will be sure to send you a message.

  11. Hi Lisa,
    Lauren got back to me on pretty much that same question. She said that most of the frames came from Pier I, the Savannah collection. I went out and got a bunch. They are a cream-colored frame with somewhat of a burlap-type mat (the mat comes with the frame). You can see the weave in it, but it’s a fine weave. They look beautiful with my beach photos.

    • Patty you are so sweet to send the info. to Lisa. I am so happy to hear you were able to find the frames. I bet your beach pics look great with the ivory frames and matting. We went to the beach for spring break and I am planning to get two of the large frames for a couple of the photos we took on our trip. Thanks again : )

      • Hi Lauren,

        Thank YOU for telling me where to get the frames. I just can’t believe how perfect they make the beach photos look. We all wore pastel clothing, and it just wouldn’t have looked right with a dark frame. Love your blog! Check it all the time!


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