Office Makeover: Wall Collage Part 1

I’ve been jumping all over the place when it comes to finishing up this office. My corkboard project is taking muuuuch longer than anticipated and while I wait on the prime opportunity between work and Liv’s naps to nail gun that frame together, I’ve started experimenting with the wall collage for the guestroom portion of the office.

Wall collages! They’re awesome. It’s all about how many photos can I stuff on a wall creatively. Here’s some of the inspiration that I’m working with:

But this image really nails it on the head:

There’s something about that cluster of pictures that I’m especially drawn to. Love the neutral theme and the natural wood frames (kind of matches the theme of the office) and the organized chaos that the wall evokes.

But the wall collage isn’t all about slapping pictures up on the wall. I want each and every photo, painting and object to mean something to our family. Maybe a souvenir from a trip, an art project by one of Kevin’s amazingly crafty family members or a photo of a place that we love.

So while I hunt down the perfect pieces (I know they’re buried around here somewhere… I just need to hunt – aka ‘shop’ the house and garage) here are a few layouts that I think will look great on that dark brown wall in the guestroom:

Or maybe this one:

I’m a visual person. I need to see just how the artwork (or bookshelf, closet or anything else I’m organizing) will look before committing. Especially to lathe and plaster walls! These poor walls can only take so many misaligned holes. I’ve learned the hard way.

PS I’m just beginning to really use the magical tool of Pinterest… for more beautiful wall collage inspiration, check out my board here.

Images: Unabashadely Prep, Walking Around Where the Sidewalk Begins (found at a veiled aside), Pottery Barn, Decor Chick

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  1. says

    Just wanted to mention that you should get some of the 3M Velcro wall strips. They look like Velcro with one part on your wall and one on your picture. Then you just stick it up. They are a dream for the smaller pictures and plaster walls – no holes!! And easy to move around because they come off clean when ready. I know all about plaster walls from having lived in China for 3 years and wanting to hang pics on the wall. Thought it might help.

    • Morgan says

      Thanks, Cristi! I did pick up a pack the other day… seems like a great solution and I love the ‘no holes’ idea!


  2. says

    Thanks, Janelle! Best of luck on your wall collage – and I definitely agree on sentimental pieces!

    Mer, I used photoshop, but you could use a free photo editing program like Picasa, or even Paint!


  3. Mary Flynn says

    Mor, How did you do the visual board for the framed pictures? That is really helpful.

  4. says

    These are really awesome, Morgan. I happen to be working on an art wall myself (work in progress) and it’s neat to see these ideas. Thank you for doing all of the legwork!
    Like you, I prefer to ‘shop’ at home, utilizing pieces that have meaning to our family. It’s so much more satisfying than loading up on store-bought items that come off looking too cold (imho)!
    Your office is going to totally rock.

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