A story about a wall.

When we moved in to our home our wall looked like this.


Then I used the Birch Tree Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils to paint the wall.


Image by Michelle Rasmussen of Wondertime Photo.

I LOVED the result but everything was looking a bit mono-chromatic. Gray and white were dominating the room a little too much. (See more of the room here).
So I moved the Birch Trees to the other side of the wall going down the stair wall (more about that process here).


I painted the wall a bold, dramatic jet black.


 The Mr. put up a small fit.  But the room needed some visual interest and pops of color.  My plan was to do an eclectic gallery wall with a mix of different frames and art.
That was over a month ago…I have a few frames up but staging a gallery wall is a bit more tricky than you would think. The idea was to make the wall a gallery of pieces collected over time. I generally prefer things very symmetrical. The eclectic look is playing funny tricks on my perfectionist mind and I’m having a hard time arranging the frames just right, which is why I haven’t posted about it.

These rooms sold me on the look:


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As soon as I get over my commitment issues I’ll reveal the final result. Stay tuned.
Until then here’s a sneak peak that some of you spied when I posted my holiday dinner party.


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  1. Sarah carmichael says:

    I am thrilled about your latest project and can’t wait to see the final results!! My husband and i are currently working on our upstairs hallway and I too plan on having one wall painted black (a small fit has been had by my hubby too…oh well!) with an eclectic gallery wall of white/gold/black frames etc. my struggle is finding the perfect black. Can you please share the colour you chose? so very much appreciated!

    • Studio One says:

      Gallery walls and a decor eye for perfect symetry really do not go together. And I am not making reference to you – I am making reference to my past efforts to accomplish this! I ended up doing mirrors in different frames because the collection of artwork – or photos – or anything else was just too much visual ‘clutter’. I hope this works wonderfully for you – I look forward to seeing your results!

  2. I love changing things and making them better. Love the black wall and Love the idea of a gallery wall. I have one in my entry and I LOVE it!! Can’t wait to see the final product.

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  3. I go back and forth with my gallery wall. First I have a million frame up and I love it and the next week I have a lone black board hanging out. I can’t seem to make up my mind, but I think that’s okay because change is fun! I’ve loved each of your wall’s transformations!


  5. That’s going to be soooo cool/dramatic. can’t wait to see it.

  6. I LOve an eclectic gallery wall. i have plans to do one in our upstairs hallway. what is it about a gallery wall that is so overwhelming?! you are giving me inspiration to start “collecting” my pieces!

  7. Can’t wait to see the final gallery wall! Love the dark pop of color! Good choice!

  8. Bold but I like it!!, I can’t wait to see what you do with it

  9. julie marshall says:

    i think were you are running into trouble is all your pics are from art walls that are being collected over time. I think if you go out and buy a bunch of stuff for your wall it will look just like that- that you bought a bunch of stuff for your wall. Start collecting and be patient. NOt sure why my computer is writing all caps- i’m not yelling at you promise:)

  10. think we are tuned in to the same channel. I have a black wall in my entryway and love it. i always wanted to paint something black so when we bought our new house i did the accent wall and then it was very hard not to keep going. can’t wait to see the reveal!

  11. i cant wait to see what your wall is going to look like! love the look and if you use different sized and finished frames, it will detract from the ‘chaos’ and create a rather soothing, yet dramatic atmosphere….my two cents at least! thank you for the inspiration.

  12. i love the black wall! i want one, but i’m lacking that perfect spot for it in the home we’re in right now.
    when done right, it looks amazingly chic, modern & cozy all at once. I am looking forward to your gallery wall.

  13. Okay, I am someone who has the exact same struggle as you, I want to do a black gallery wall and love them when I see them in photographs of other people’s homes. Though when I try to do it myself, it looks contrived, assymetrical and busy and the visual clutter makes me want to just take it all down and forget it. With that said, I have been checking back to your blog frequently ever since I saw a glimpse of your black gallery wall. I thought it looked amazing and was so impressed with what i saw, I just wanted to see how you put it all together. could it be that since your eye has not had time to adjust to the assymetrical gallery wall, it is hard to think it looks good? I know that is what happens to me, let me just encourage you, that atleast from this side of the computer, it looked absolutely fabulous.

  14. I LOVE your black wall !! I have been looking around my house to pick which wall I want to paint BLACK! Its very elegant and it adds a little bit of DRAMA, I like your Idea of having it be a gallery wall. I think its going to end up amazing!!! For my Black wall I want it to have a large white damask pattern on it. Big and Bold. Love your blog !!

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