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I’ll admit it – I’ve been needing to up my design game in my home office for awhile now.  The space in the entryway to my office was in dire need of an upgrade. After browsing through some design magazines, I finally found the perfect way to amp up my space. I wanted to create a meditative/reflective space that could also inspire creativity.  By using some calming nature pictures I was able to achieve the look I was hoping for and you can too! Get ready to get your Zen on and create your own zen Fracture space.

What you’ll need:

  • Six Fractures
  • Six Wall-Dog screws (Don’t worry, they’re included with the Fractures!)
  • Tape measure
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick
  • Screwdriver

Getting Started

When first starting this project, all I knew was that I wanted to incorporate some colorful nature photos, with some up close and some more distant. I wanted the water Fractures to be the deepest/lowest level for the grouping, the plant life for the middle and sky or red tones for the top level. This way I could focus on any one image for a while and zone out while tuning in to the tranquility and beauty of nature. I went through all my images, as well as pictures on the royalty-free site pixabay, to find the perfect shots. I finally settled on six that I felt worked well together.

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I ordered six Medium Fractures. When they arrived a few days later (hooray!) I opened up my box and tried arranging them in a variety of different ways to figure out which order looked best. I kept the protective foam around the edges as I arranged the Fractures, since it also provided a striking and neutral backdrop for the images.

*A quick note about using image sites: read the fine print and make sure the images are completely free to use without crediting the original photographers before using their work. Many of the sites do require attribution of some sort; the shots I found at pixabay were the exception.

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Step 1: Measure, Measure, Measure

Since I’m grouping six photos for my zen wall (two columns of three each), I measured the width of the wall so I could find the center point. In this case, the wall was exactly 60 inches, so I marked the halfway point: 30 inches.  I marked 30 inches several times on the wall at different heights so I could find vertical center for my Fracture grouping easily. Then I connected the lines with a large piece of painter’s tape and noted which side was the 30-inch mark, so I could remember where to align the left edge of the rightmost Fractures.

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Step 2: How High?

I measured the overall height of the angled wall, then decided how high to position the top of the Fracture grouping. I settled on 60 inches/five feet for the top of the highest Fracture since there was still more than a foot of wall space above it even at the wall’s lowest point. I made a small pencil dot at 60 inches, then slid the tape measure over a couple feet and made another pencil mark at the same height.

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Step 3: Connect the Dots

I broke out the vintage yardstick again, to connect the pencil dots. I set a level atop the yardstick to make sure the wall was indeed level (old house; you know the deal). Then I put several pieces of masking tape along the top of the ruler line as a guide for aligning the Fractures.

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Step 4: 

Now, it’s time for the to place the Fractures. I found the small groove in the packaging and popped out the Fracture. On the backside, there’s a wall mount keyhole carved into the backing. Using a Phillip’s screwdriver, I put the screw into the wall, making sure it’s almost completely flush. Then, I place the Fracture on the wall, with the wall mount keyhole fitting perfectly over the screw.

After placing the upper right Fracture, I hung the upper left one, spacing it 1.5 inches from the first since that spacing looked nice based on the size of each piece. Then I hung the middle right Fracture, spacing it 1.5 inches below the top one, making sure it was straight and level.  

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Step 5: Keep At It

Hanging the rest of the Fractures was easy once I knew I wanted them all spaced 1.5 inches apart (from side to side and top to bottom). I hung the remaining pieces, making sure they all were straight.

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Step 6: Wrap it Up

After I hung all the Fractures, I peeled the painter’s tape off the wall, set my favorite Asian-inspired chair in place, then added a lotus-shaped candle-holder for an extra touch when I’m not using the chair. Ta da — simple, serene and far more stylish than the space was before.

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Have any tips for creating a Zen DIY area? Let us know in the comments.

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