Walls to Adore—A Vintage Idea To Inspire Your Gallery Wall

One of the first things I did when I moved into my first and only home was create this vintage photo gallery, and seven years on it’s still my favourite feature. It’s become a real talking point whenever we have people over.

Desenio prints and inspirational quotes in funky fonts are everywhere right now, and don’t get me wrong—I love them. I have several dotted around my home. But you can’t quite beat a personal touch; and it doesn’t get more personal than this.

I raided my Mum’s loft as well as my Nana’s, and told my husband Graeme to do the same. Between us we dug out the oldest family photos we could find and selected our favourites. The photographs we chose show four generations including ourselves as children, our parents in their hay day, our grandparents in the war and even our great grandparents during their youth.

Among them are some real treasures including this one of Graeme’s Grannie, which was carried around in his Grandpa’s wallet from pretty much the day he met her.

Before he died he explained to us how he would look at this photograph each day he spent separated from her, whilst training to be a fighter pilot during the war. We are reminded of that and of the love they shared every time we look at it.

There are several loved ones featured in this gallery who are no longer with us, some of whom died far too young. Like my Dad shown here looking at me lovingly as a baby…

…or here sharing a playful moment with my Mum.

Each and every one of the pictures tells a story and reminds Graeme and I of where we came from and what is truly important in life. Gallery walls don’t get much more special than that.

Tips for creating you’re vintage photo gallery

– Home Sense and The Range are brilliant for good value, statement frames—that’s where I got most of mine from. Try to choose frames that pop against the colour of the wall

– Make sure you set out your frames on the floor first to arrange them. Take lots of pictures of different layouts before you commit. Once the nails are in, there’s no going back!

– Don’t be afraid to throw other random objects in the mix like hanging hearts, stars, arrows or rustic looking keys. Even your favourite inspirational quote. It all adds to the overall effect.

If a vintage gallery wall isn’t quite your scene, we’ve put together a whole host of other feature wall ideas for you, whatever your style and taste

Throwing a mix of  random objects up on a wall always makes for a funky feature. Try not to deliberate too much – anything goes!

Photo credit: @_homebirds_ own
Photo credit: @dazzle_at_home

Photo credit: coastersfurniture.org

Alternatively what about a mirror wall? Or having a range of different clocks on display can look quite striking (so long as the relentless ticking doesn’t send you crazy!)

Photo credit: Abi Hounsfield
Photo credit: @beaudecor

Shelves can be titivated with all kinds of statement accessories, and the choice of styles available has never been so broad. We love these hexagonal ones…(H&M Home do something similar and there’s plenty available on Ebay)

Photo credit: @rustiquehome

A single shelf like this with leaning prints and festoon lights strewn across looks seriously cool…


…as does a wall mounted shelving unit like this…

Photo credit: @interior_by_lein

And for a really quirky touch, try a horizontal ladder!

Photo credit: @homeatrosecottage

We went for a personalised wall stencil on our kitchen wall; you can get these made from Ebay with any text you want and they’re pretty eye-catching.

For an uber modern feature wall, you could group a selection of framed prints and art in varying sizes? www.desenio.co.uk has a broad range of prints to choose from.

Photo credit: @littlegreyoak
Photo credit: @_lisa_dawson_

If you’re into the bohemian trend, wicker plates or a hanging macramé would make a great statement on the wall.

Photo credit @thegomezhomestead
Photo credit: @elaurentdeco
Photo credit: @homesbycaz

And nobody does a feature quite like @rvk_loves. Check out her summer straw collection, displayed via some simple hanging hooks.

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