Yesterday I shared with you how we updated our Ikea Kallax by adding legs, and the mirror that sits on it reflects one of my favorite and most colorful areas in our home, the kids art wall! I have actually had this in place for quite some time… like oh maybe a few years… but I didn’t have the right lens to shoot in such a tight space like our hallway. So I just never shared it. But last week Ashley asked me about it on instagram as she noticed it in the mirror. I thought it was about time I shared with you how I went about creating a kids art gallery wall in our hallway.
I have always loved it when Sawyer and Emmy brought new artwork home from school. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is an amazing thing. They see vibrant colors, happiness, and life all around them. Hanging it in our house helps keep that joyful spirit alive.
Because I want to nurture creativity in my kids, I also believe in displaying their artwork to show them how much I love and appreciate it and to give them a sense of pride, accomplishment, and confidence. So while their happy images make me happy to see, they make the kids happy as well. After collecting several pieces over the years and storing them, I pulled out some of my favorites, measured them, and hit Ikea for a collection of inexpensive white frames.
When I purchased the frames, I bought extra so that I could add to the wall as life went on, and more artwork was brought home.
George Washington, by Emmy, was a later addition to the wall.
To tie it all together, I happened to win a piece of custom amazing string art from my friend Jesse. I asked him to spell “Create” and told him he could be as colorful as he wanted. Once I received that I hung it right at the top.
And then just this past November I shopped at The Vintage Market at the Old Red Barn and scooped up two vintage artist palettes complete with colorful oil paint. They were the perfect addition to the wall.
I am not too big on pink, but last year I got a little crazy and painted our guest bath pink…. since you can see it from this hallway, it actually works perfectly with our art wall. Below you can see how it looks with the bathroom, minus the palettes which weren’t hung yet. 😉
And look at all that space below the bottom row…. I’ve got room to keep on adding to this wall!
As much as I love having artwork around my house, such as the seascape wall in the dining room, there is truly no piece that can ever move me as much as the art my kids create moves me.