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Trending: Letter Boards! + How To Start a Gallery Wall

Trending: Letter Boards! + How To Start a Gallery Wall

Hey Modern Farmhouse Girl!

I'm loving letter boards right now! And yes, they're still trendy (they've probably been "in" since last year—just search Pinterest and you'll get tons of fun ideas for what to write on yours, especially for the holidays). Of course, their look is definitely in line with #modernfarmhouse style decorating #goals, which is maybe why I'm so obsessed with them. 

I'm loving Country Living magazine's funny posts on Instagram using letter boards:

You should just follow them anyway (or subscribe to their magazine) if you like Chip and Joanna posts, Christmas countdown posts and home design posts! 

You should just follow them anyway (or subscribe to their magazine) if you like Chip and Joanna posts, Christmas countdown posts and home design posts! 

In more good news: you can literally scoop one up anywhere right now for under $20. I just did a quick Google search and I'm seeing them at Target, Kohls and on Amazon.com for about $15. They also come with different color frames, backgrounds and letters, so you get to choose whatever works best with your home decor!

I recently settled on one from Wayfair.com and hung it in my bedroom with some A.M. words of encouragement: 

I chose this letter board because the frame matches my pine bed frame and the gray interior seemed more calming than the black option (though that was also very cute) for my bedroom.

I chose this letter board because the frame matches my pine bed frame and the gray interior seemed more calming than the black option (though that was also very cute) for my bedroom.

My master plan (the big reveal was in this blog post title!) is to turn the bedroom wall I hung this on into a gallery wall. I've never done one before, but I can't wait to build it out!

Here's the wall currently, with my new letter board (it has actually been completely bare—and is probably the only wall in my condo that is still blank—since I moved in last July):

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The best way to start your gallery wall is, of course, to just start. Hang up the first thing you know you want on the wall. I centered my letter board directly in the middle of the wall, knowing once I find what else I want for the wall (likely some cool scores from Brimfield this summer) I can build out from there. 

Another helpful trick is to sketch your vision. I haven't posted about this yet, but I actually like to sketch out my decorating ideas (with ZERO skill, but hey, when you're the only one seeing your own sketch there's no reason to be hard on yourself!) Maybe I'll post a few more of these with later blog posts, because I've sketched out everything from my back porch layout to my dining room table plan:

My bedroom "gallery wall" sketch

My bedroom "gallery wall" sketch

Sketching is a great way to visualize your DIY and home decorating projects before they go up.

I also plan to use the "newspaper trick" — see my post How to Spell "Home" On Your Wall With a Wreath for the how-to—when I actually assemble the pieces I'll hang for my gallery wall.

And I always turn to Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. That's how I found Lisa Dawson on Instagram - home and garden blogger with an incredible eye for gallery walls—check her out! 

Do you have a letter board on your wall, or a gallery wall in the works or already completed? I'd love to hear about it so leave a comment below or get in touch via email or social media!

xx

Lucy

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