Creating a gallery wall of art in your home is a great way to express your personality, and to show off the things you love. Check out our tips!

Gallery wall frames in weathered wood

EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED

    • Favourite Art
    Variety of Frames
    • Nails
    • Pencil
    • Measuring Tape
    • Hammer
    • Level
    • Little Knick-Knacks

how to make your own gallery wall

1. COLLECT & CURATE

Almost anything can have visual impact when framed and hung. Original prints, pages from magazines (we’re partial to the images in vintage National Geographics), photographs of your own travels, and even old letters can constitute a collection.

PRO TIP: Keep the palette simple to make your collection feel cohesive.

diy gallery wall of frames

2. GET CENTERED

Anchor your favorite – or the biggest – few pieces in the enter, and then slowly work-in other artwork around these.

PRO TIP: Measure and mark before you start hammering, and try to maintain at a few inches between each piece – it’s all about organized chaos!

how to make a gallery wall of frames

3. THE BIG PICTURE

Every so often, take a few steps back and view your wall from another area in the room. Pay attention to how the color and size of the pieces balance each other out.

PRO TIP: You can fill these in awkward gaps between frames with some of those little knick-knacks we mentioned: unframed photos, old playing cards or baseball cards, and stamps all work.

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4. ALL DONE

Remember: There are no hard rules when creating a gallery wall – it’s all up to you. Feel free to add or take away pieces, keeping the artwork relevant to your life. Have fun and enjoy!

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Nikki White

August 1, 2013

Those walls are always a challenge but you guys did a great job with these tips! Always stand back and see how things are looking and definitely have fun, include little odds and ends to fill in those gaps for sure.

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story

August 1, 2013

I find that the easiest way to hang a gallery wall is to arrange your frames on a large sheet of wrapping paper on the floor. Once you are satisfied with the pattern, trace around your frames, measure and mark where the nail holes should be on the paper. Tape the paper onto the wall and hammer in the nails. Here is a link to how I did mine.
http://whatsurhomestory.com/gallery-wall-tutorial/

Got the idea from the Brooklyn Limestone blog.

Summgardner

August 5, 2013

How does one use frames of different colors and materials: metal, different shades of stained wood, gold, silver frames, black frames? Changing out all art work to one or two colors or materials would be expensive.

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