Master Bedroom Picture Ledges

I’m taking an unofficial poll here…

How many of you are totally TV in the bedroom people? I’m talking that bad boy is on your dresser, you watch your favorite shows in bed, and you fall asleep to it on every night. (I’m guessing maybe a majority??)

Now, how many of you say “no way” to a television in the boudoir? Perhaps you’re more of a TV in the family room type group?

Well..we’ve recently switched over to the “no TV in the bedroom” camp. Yep. It happened, and we haven’t looked back.

See we were barely ever watching our television in the bedroom. The only time it was ever really used was when I would watch the news in the morning as I got ready for work. Seemed kinda silly to have a huuuge black box on our dresser, to be used only 30 minutes a day. So we sold that sucker and we were then left with a very bare, very sad looking bedroom dresser area.

We recently took the TV out of our bedroom and now we were left with a gaping hole on the wall to decorate. My solution? Picture ledges!

I did my best to accessorize and stage the area, but it still needed a little somethin’ somethin’.

This wall needed a new decorating element to cover the bare space. We thought picture ledges might be just the thing to add.

No matter what I put on the dresser, everything just looked puny on the big gray wall. I knew that I was in need of some serious height to draw the eye up and away from that large, dark, piece of furniture.

I didn’t want to create another gallery wall, because we have one we love in our hallway. Instead, I decided that I should use the same picture ledge frames that I used for my brother’s record wall.  That way I could still incorporate some of our favorite pictures and “art” into our master bedroom, and I could easily change out each frame whenever I wanted.

Our New Picture Ledges

One quick trip to Ikea, (okay who am I kidding, it’s never quick. There’s just so much pretty stuff to gaze at…) and I was all set to tackle this project.

Side note: West Elm also sells some beautiful picture ledges.

The finished look with our new picture ledges and the wonderful prints we found to decorate with!

I picked up 2 white picture ledges and a wide variety of black and white frames. I hemmed and hawed over going all black, or going all white, but ultimately I decided to do the two-tone look. It worked out great and I was able to pull from a wide variety of frames that we already owned.

Want to know how to use picture ledges to get this adorable look?

Just as I did for my brother’s record wall, I used wall anchors and screws to get these up and secure. It didn’t take me more than 30 minutes with my power drill. Honestly, the hardest part was figuring out how to arrange the frames, and then what to put inside each one!

We love framing momentos and using them in our decorating, like I've done with our new picture ledges.

I ended up filling each frame with an assortment of meaningful items. Above I have some cool vintage keys, a Chicago greeting card, and I also framed one of our save the dates (you can read more about those right here).One of our favorite framed memories is our names spelled out in scrabble tiles. How cute is this?
Here’s some scrabble wall art that I made a few years ago. It’s traveled along with us from place to place, and it somehow always finds a place in our home. We’re big gamers and this shows off our competitive spirit.

I love this letter from my grandmother. It's so nice to have it on our picture ledge in our bedroom now.

Now this is by far my favorite piece on the wall. It is actually an old letter written by my great-grandmother. This year for Christmas, my grandma made each of the grandchildren a book of letters from her mom. It’s over 50 pages long and it is all handwritten. In it, she outlines her entire life…from her childhood in the 1890’s, up until she wrote these letters in 1981. I read it cover to cover right away. I laughed, I cried, I loved every single minute of it. It is a gift I will treasure forever and I wanted to display one small piece of it in our home. So, I chose my favorite page and framed it for this wall.

Don't these picture ledges and our artwork look better than a big old TV?

I have a few other fun things up there and it is still constantly changing. I love that I can just change out a picture, a print, or an art piece, anytime inspiration strikes.

The picture ledges still give us something to look at each night before we fall asleep. They make the room so cozy and homey as well!

Even though our television is gone, this wall is still plenty entertaining. It’s filled with our favorite memories and some of the best times from our lives…and to us, it doesn’t get any better than that.

P.S. I also added these picture ledges to our new home over our desk. Come check out our office space in our bedroomI hope you enjoyed this post on how to decorate with picture ledges! I think they make for a cute and organized office or bedroom.

Casey