Black and White Travel Gallery Wall and Other Gallery Wall Ideas

Open Concept Home Floor Plan with Breakfast Room Kitchen and Great Room Lantern Pendants and Black and White Gallery Wall

In a sea of greige, I like to find places to bring subtle contrast to my spaces. Gallery walls can not only give you leeway to personalize your walls, but are also an affordable way to display artwork without spending a ton of money on large pieces. When we first moved, we had a lot more wall space to fill but I actually wanted to display fewer photos than we had in our old home. Instead of cluttering walls and tables with each moment of every trip, my goal was to create a designated space to display one image that would remind us of our travels.

Two Story Great Room Open Concept Home with Tall Stacked Stone Fireplace Black and White Gallery Wall and Two Story Windows

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While we have taken far more than eight trips, I selected one image that would capture each displayed trip in one photo. Based on the photos I already had, I narrowed down my favorite eight for the inexpensive 11×14 frames from IKEA. My favorite place to order photos is Mpix.com – These 8x10s were printed and delivered quickly and the quality for standard printing can’t be beat.

Black and White Travel Gallery Wall with Black Frames and White Mats

While some may think I am crazy for printing in black and white when these photos truly are colorful and beautiful (Christmas lights at the River Walk in San Antonio, the pineapple fountain in Charleston, the mountains of Colorado…), I love that I could take such special memories and bundle them together as a cohesive piece of art.

Gallery Wall Ideas Black and White Vacation Photos

Black and White Gallery Wall with Family trips

I recently shared a super simple way to hang a level gallery wall using a thumb tack and copy paper template; you can find that HERE. I have plenty of room to grow and many other trips I could showcase, but I may hold off and see where my travels take me next. We are planning a trip to New England this fall and from what I hear about the gorgeous scenery, I will probably need to be restrained not to try to fit in 50 photos from our upcoming trip haha.

Black and White Travel Gallery Wall in Breakfast Nook with Round Back World Market Paige Chairs

While the black and white travel gallery wall was the first completed collection in our home, I have also used a similar approach in the botanical gallery wall in our newest guest room (HERE)…

White Bedroom with Patterned Rug

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and a bit more of a whimsical approach in our sunburst mirror gallery wall in the sitting room (HERE).

Sitting Room with Black and Gold Contrast Accents

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The possibilities in how you could personalize your home with a gallery wall are numerous, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Travel photos
  2. Mirrors
  3. Botanical prints
  4. Maps
  5. Pages of books
  6. Illustrations
  7. Children’s art
  8. Pressed flowers/leaves/other nature
  9. Family photos
  10. Magazine covers
  11. Wrapping paper/scrap book paper patterns
  12. Typography
  13. One photo split between multiple frames
  14. Empty frames
  15. Mixture of photos, art, and objects

I will post as I update my collection of travel photos, and, just as I recently asked on Instagram, if you have any New England suggestions, please let me know about them in the comment section below.

For detailed information on the rooms shown throughout this post, you can visit the following:

Breakfast NookKitchenGuest BedroomSitting RoomGreat Room

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7 Comments

  1. 6.30.16
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    I love that several of these trips have included me! I also love your straight hanging technique! Bravo!

  2. 7.1.16

    Love the gallery walls (and I always love seeing that gorgeous bedroom!) My husband always complains when I print beautiful colors photos in black and white. You’re right though, it really does make an impact when you hang them all together in a series like yours. So pretty!
    Shelley

  3. 10.7.17
    Lorena said:

    I love the color on your walls! Do you mind sharing the name and the brand? Thank you

    • 10.10.17

      Hi! It is Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams 😉

      • 7.7.19
        Kristin said:

        My all time favorite paint.

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