Another Wall Goes From Drab to Fab!

Anyone else have a place in their home they have completely neglected? I am completely guilty of leaving our master bedroom to the wayside because guests never make there way in there and we have other 'priority' rooms to decorate first. But when you think about it, why would you leave one of the most used rooms in your home barren? 

Well enough is enough, this prego is in full nesting mode which means this house is getting DIYified and will be looking fabulous in no time! 

This wall has been driving mad! We have this gorgeous dresser that has been completely lonely waiting years for the perfect piece of wall art or a mirror to hang above it. Rather than waiting to find the perfect vintage piece that is both super sized and fits our unique style, it was time to make something! Surprise Surprise, I decided to make an arrangement of my favorite Thistle & Poppy Picture Frames

An Easy Room Makeover! Our gorgeous Thistle & Poppy Photo Gallery Wall

An Easy Room Makeover! Our gorgeous Thistle & Poppy Photo Gallery Wall

It only took a little bit of planning and within an hour this wall was completely refinished!

The best way to figure out a wall like this is to lay it out beforehand. Check out our blog post on How to Arrange A Photo Gallery Wall for great tips on how to easily arrange items on the wall. I also planned my frame color scheme ahead of time. I went with a brown/neutral and blue/navy color scheme. The other walls in this room match the blue in the frames and we have some fun orange textured curtains, so the neutrals paired nicely. 

I selected a nice assortment of frames, starting with the large traditional open back frame in a custom blossom shape. From there, I arranged everything using that as a focal point. I selected a variety of picture frames with a variety of styles, including shaped frames, beveled frames, printed frames, distressed traditional frames, and even a couple ikea frames we had lying around! I think the mixture of old and new styles, creates a very modern look that is both stylish and gives a warm cottage chic feel. 

The only other step in creating this arrangement was creating a balance. You will notice that the printed frames are scattered throughout the arrangement, helping move your eye across the wall. The same concept is what I used for the shaped picture frames. The main focus in creating a wall arrangement like this is to maintain a balance, keep from putting too many of any shape or color in just one area. It is important to create a flow so your eye can easily move across the wall. 

Need help designing an awesome photo wall for your empty wall space? Talk to us! Fill out a custom order form or shoot us an email at with a photo of the wall you want to design! Include any details you want us to know, color ideas, your style, favorite frame styles, whatever! We would love to work with you on a customized wall arrangement. Our design service is totally free and we will use your photos to help you visualize the frames, to scale, on your walls! Hit us up! Lets start framing!

Basics in Picture Framing

What's so special about picture frames?
Picture frames are a great way to display your snapshots, professional portraits and artwork. Not only do picture frames  archive your photos and keep them safe from environmental elements - they also double as a form of furniture. A room is not complete with bare empty walls. The benefit of choosing Thistle & Poppy picture frames is that you can actually design picture frames to compliment your home decor. 

Why is color important?
Color is a huge factor when it comes to framing photos. This is a major factor in all forms of photo framing from traditional framing to the most modern picture frames. Choosing the right color in imperative to both your photos and your decor. You want to choose a color that compliments the color schemes in your home while also choosing colors that will highlight your photos. I mean the whole reason you are framing your pictures is to show them off, right? You don't want to select frames that will camouflage or take away from your portraits. If you don't think you know what colors will best suit your photos or home we are here to help! Send us an email with the pictures you plan to hang and a shot of the room they will be displayed in. We specialize in custom wall hangings and can select a color scheme that will best suit your interior. 

Who would have thought? Size does matter!
It has always been rumored that size matter. Well in the world of framing - SIZE MATTERS! Depending on your wall space the size of your frame is crucial. You don't want to have a tiny frame all alone in a vast empty wall space, just that same as you don't want an enormous frame overpowering the space. Just like goldilocks, everyone wants a frame that is 'just right'! Thistle & Poppy has the tools to do this for you. If you don't know what size will best fit your home - tape a 8.5x11" inch piece of paper on your wall, then snap a photo of  the wall straight on (we recommend including as much of the room as possible so you can see the results best) Then send it to us in an email and tell us any info about the frame styles you are interested in, trims, colors, etc. Then we will hit you back with your image with our frames displayed on your walls. Virtual designing is awesome! This way you can see what the picture frame(s) will look like in your room before you buy and we will have a definitive answer on what size is just right for you.  

Mix and match or just mix?  
Gone are the days of boring picture frames. Okay, those days aren't gone completely - we still have tons of traditional art gallery style frames around our home - and we make those too. But, if you are hip with the times and looking for a way to really bring your wall space to life, there a a tons of framing options to make that happen! Pick pre-made designs from our shop or create your own custom designs. You don't have to choose just one style. One of the exciting things about today's picture framing is that you don't have to keep everything the same. Choose a frame with a print, or a custom shape, or both! Wall groupings are often more interesting when you use multiple styles and colors.  

Check out our current frame shapes here

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