Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2016 but has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Creating a photo gallery wall may seem complicated or overwhelming at first glance. People are drawn towards gallery walls because they are a great way to showcase family photos and mementos. Also if you have inexpensive wall art, you can display this in an elegant way just like Little Gold Pixie’s eclectic gallery wall. Today, I am going to show you how to create a gallery wall set with easy tips and tricks. By the end, you will be able to conquer this project with ease!
I remember my very first gallery wall. I was sooo proud of it! Not only did it include some of my favorite family photos, but it also included a little bit of everything… a coat rack, signs with positive statements, etc. It may not necessarily be my style now but I loved it then because it was a way to express all the things we loved! And that’s what a gallery wall should do.
Since I’m constantly redecorating my home, I am always changing up the gallery wall pictures that I display of my family. There are so many ways that you can decorate your walls with a gallery wall theme; adding six pictures in a square, four pictures in a row, symmetrical, and staircase. The one I lean towards the most is four pictures in a row and symmetrical. Fill your wall up with love and memories now.
Scroll down to see how to decorate a gallery wall and to see gallery wall tips and tricks.
How do you Find a Location For Your Gallery Wall?
A photo gallery wall can be created anywhere in your home. From the bathroom all the way to your living room or your dining space like Nicole Davis of Nicole Davis Interiors. You might be wanting to spice up your bland stairwell or you might be wanting to add to your living room with new pictures of your family and friends. And don’t feel like you have to add one gallery wall to your home. If you are feeling a bit adventurous, add a few to your home that will feature either paintings, framed momentos or family photos.
How do you Pick a Theme For Your Gallery Wall?
There are many ways that you can style your gallery wall. First, it can be helpful to make a decision on a theme for a collage of photos. You might have a combination of photos from a special memory, old school photos, or shots from everyday family life. Your gallery wall should tell a story about your family and It will have your guests in awe. I am in complete awe of this gallery wall by Jenn Feldman Designs that shows a vibrant family. And your family members will be able to reminisce about the “good old days.”
You can decide to go with all black and white photos, full color, or a specific event in your life such as your wedding day.
If you have a favorite artist or color scheme that you want to spotlight, like this monochromatic gallery wall by Driven by Decor, you can use your gallery wall to do so. It would be a great idea to put on your gallery wall. How do you add a color scheme? Add frames of your desired color for that room or that fits with the theme with your entire house will be ideal.
How to Create a Gallery Wall?
I know how difficult it can be to hang frames symmetrically so I’ve rounded up a few tips below. I hope you can learn from some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years.
- Work in odd numbers. It makes it a lot easier to center your frames using odd numbers and it gives a feeling of your gallery feeling complete. But there are some exceptions. Even numbers can be used and can be appealing as well. When using even numbers, just ensure your frames are hung with even spacing. Even-numbered frames create balance in a room and blend in, while an odd number of frames create a visual interest that draws your eyes in. No matter how many frames you choose, always hang your frames 2-3″ inches apart which makes your frames feel unified.
- To ensure that your gallery is symmetrical, measure the length of the wall and then find the center. Use the same equal space around each frame — top, bottom, left and right.
- Play around with different layouts on the floor first and take tons of pictures until you get it right. Once you settle on your layout, don’t forget to take your final picture so you don’t forget where you want your hangings to go!
- Use painters tape to help visualize your center as well as your spacing. If you’re really visual, you can use the butchers paper method to ensure your frames are exactly where you want them before making holes.
What gallery wall tips will you be using when decorating your home? Let me know in the comments down below! And if you want more decorating tips, check out my 10 Tips to Style Shelves Like a Pro.