Amalia’s room hasn’t changed much since we set it up two years ago. But since then we’ve been talking about filling the one big empty wall when you first enter. It has been blank for the last two years, and more recently she added peel and stick polka dots in a big “A” for Amalia pattern (pictured below). It was definitely time for a change. It was driving me nuts!
Because the wall is so big, we knew it had to be a gallery wall, but I had no idea where to start. I love Minted and always have. We use them for our holiday cards every year and we’ve ordered their art many times. So that felt like a good place to look.
Their limited edition fine art is always freshly sourced from independent artists which is cool, and they send a little note on the artist when the art arrives. There are 1000s of options so I brought in a little help to make it look happy and bright but not too childish so it can grow with her for years.
Step 1: Plan it out
My friend Alex is great at design so I asked her to come over and help me plan out the wall in exchange for iced coffee and acai bowls! We had so much fun doing this. I showed her all the pieces that I knew Amalia would love like this Amour print and this abstract pink one, and she filled in the other spaces with different colors and styles to bring it all together.
If you don’t have an Alex in your life, you can work with a Minted Art Specialist to rotate, crop, and even choose your own colors for any piece of Customizable Fine Art.
Step 2: Customize
We printed out the plan that she put together in Canva and she marked where we should make customizations. For example, we zoomed in on this print and rotated this one. We all already love Minted obviously but their new feature to customize some of their art is super cool. You can change things like the color, rotate it, and crop it.
Step 3: Lay it out
Once all the prints arrived, I laid them out on the ground and we made a few changes once we saw them in person. As you can see here, we chose matching light wood frames for all of the pieces to give it a more cohesive look.
Step 4: Hang!
The hanging is the most stressful part IMO. Our strategy is to make it perfect on the ground layout, mark it on the wall, and try to have it match that. It’s kind of a long process and Anel and I almost always get into an argument during this part, but it’s worth it in the end and then we laugh about it!