Master Bath Gallery Wall

Our master bath and closet makeover is coming along! We are slowly, but surely checking projects off the list. I am so excited to share the latest one! We finally have some art on the big, blank wall above the tub, and it makes me smile every time I walk in there!

My goal for our bathroom has been to create a calm, and peaceful space. We started by painting the walls a light grey {and sending the gold ones packing}. I wanted to bring color in the room through accessories and art, but wanted to keep the colors muted and peaceful. I have admired the Rifle Paper Co.’s prints for as long as I can remember, and knew their usual palette would fit in very nicely with my vision for the space. You may remember the floral RPC prints I included on my master bath mood board.

Once I saw this post from Young House Love, my idea for the artwork took a slight turn. I fell in love with their calendar turned wall art, and snagged one as fast as I could {They were on clearance for $14, plus I knew since YHL mentioned them, they’d fly off the shelves. The calendar is no longer available, but RPC says they will have the featured prints available soon.}.

On my most recent Ikea trip, I picked up 12 of the NYTTJA frames. {$1.99 each}

bathroom art

I used the paper insert as a template to cut out each print {since I didn’t want the calendar portion to show}.

Master bath gallery wall

Once I had all 12 prints framed, I played around with different layouts on the floor. I made sure to take a picture of my final layout decision with my phone so I could refer back to it later. {see: fabulous iPhone pic below}

Master bath gallery wall  - snapping a pic of the layout of the floor so I would remember when it was time to hang

I hung pieces of paper in the same size as the frames on the wall and lived with that for a few days. I wanted to make sure I was happy with the placement and grid layout on that wall before I spent the time an effort hanging each frame. This is a helpful tip when working on any kid of gallery wall.

Master bath gallery wall  -- hang sheets of paper to plan your wall before hanging frames

To hang the frames, I used the velcro Command Strips for picture hanging, which can hold up to 16 pounds. The Ikea frames are very light weight, so there are no worries of them falling. The frames also have plexiglass instead of actual glass, so if for some reason there was a mishap, we wouldn’t have to deal with the danger of broken glass in the tub.

Master bath gallery wall

I am forever a fan of Command Strips {Not a sponsored post…I just swear by them!}. I used two strips per frame, and they were so easy to hang. The best part of the velcro was if a frame wasn’t perfectly level, I could easily straighten it out without having to completely start over.

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

Each frame is hung 2 inches apart from its neighbors. I started with the center print on the bottom row and built out around it. The entire hanging process only took about half an hour.

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

Here is a closer look at each of the prints. I am glad that I decided to steer away from the floral prints. The floral prints are beautiful, but I think it would have made the bathroom a little too feminine and frilly. These are more appropriate for our shared master bath. I also now feel the intense need to visit each of these cities. :) Aren’t they awesome?

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

I am so happy with the finished product! It has made a big impact on the bathroom — and for only $36 total! The lighter paint has already made the room feel bigger, and now the artwork has made the ceiling feel taller. It is definitely feeling open and airy — which I love!

Have you ever used something a little unconventional for art work in your home? 

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