Hanging a big wall of art is all about creating an eclectic space that can evolve along with your life and collections.

Nobody knows this better than Dabito. He never expected to buy a house in New Orleans. But after moving to town and putting the finishing touches on his small shotgun rental, he was presented an unexpected real estate opportunity that he couldn’t refuse.

Suddenly, Dabito was a first-time home owner! And that meant he had a lot more wall space to fill.

Dabito painted his new study a rich royal navy, since the room gets so much light, and then created an incredible gallery wall of old + new art to spring the space alive. We loved the results and asked him to share his tried-and-true art hanging advice.

See how you can create an gallery wall of art like Dabito in 5 easy steps!

5 Easy Steps To Hanging A Wall Of Art Like Dabito

5 Easy Steps To Hanging A Wall Of Art Like Dabito

5 Easy Steps To Hanging A Wall Of Art Like Dabito

5 Easy Steps To Hanging A Wall Of Art Like Dabito

1. Measure the wall space. (Mine is a little over 9 ft. wide and 8.5 ft high.)

2. Arrange artworks on the floor. Start with the biggest piece in the middle and build around that. Here, I worked around this beautiful abstract painting. When styling a gallery wall, use various frame sizes. You can have a couple smaller frames but artworks larger than 16×20 works best. Here, I’m using gold leaf and acorn frames.

2. Create columns. Center the artworks in each column with about 2–3 inches of space between them.

3. Once the artworks are perfectly arranged on the ground how you want them to look on your wall, snap a picture.

4. Using your photo as a guide, hang one column of art at a time. I eyeball the distance but know that I I usually like to hang frames about 6-8 inches above a cabinet, bench or credenza.

5. Step back and check it out!

5 Easy Steps To Hanging A Wall Of Art Like Dabito

5 Easy Steps To Hanging A Wall Of Art Like Dabito

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When he’s not blogging at Old Brand New, Dabito is a graphic designer, photographer, and art director based in New Orleans. Follow him on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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March 25, 2015

Beautiful! Can I ask where the rug is from?

Summer Curtis

March 25, 2015

What is this rich royal navy color?! Who is it by?!


March 25, 2015

JENNA — Thank you! The Moroccan rug is vintage. I bought it from a store in New Orleans called Discoveries.


March 25, 2015

Beautiful composition of color and textures! thank you for sharing <3


March 25, 2015

SUMMER CURTIS — It’s Valspar royal navy satin finish! 😀

The Kentucky Gent

March 25, 2015

Love a gallery wall, and these tips make recreating one so much easier.

Josh – The Kentucky Gent

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March 26, 2015

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March 26, 2015

Wonderful arrangement and what an eclectic mix of art. Thanks for sharing.


March 27, 2015

Oh! Wow! I didn’t know that was your work & inspiration. I love the concept of old & brand new, I practice it myself. I’ve used your ideas often. Living in Austin TX., it’s away of life. Our city promotes GREEN & RECYCLING.

linda wurmlinger

April 2, 2015

very helpful Dabito I will use your ideal just not sure yet what pictures and art work yet thank you


April 3, 2015

What color is the wall?! Love this!

Gail Embretson

April 3, 2015

That is gorgeous & soooo helpful! Thank u!


April 6, 2015

Dear Jake Lemkowitz , I Love this post ! would there be any chance I can reblog it ?


April 9, 2015

It looks ridiculous. Over done.


April 9, 2015

Love!! Where were the rug and pillow purchased? Thank you!


April 9, 2015

The room looks great. I love the leopard and boy print. Can you tell me the artist? Thanks


April 10, 2015

This is, by far, the best solution for creating a wall of art that I have ever seen. It’s doable.


April 13, 2015

I would also like to know more about that rug!


April 14, 2015

LORI & AMANDA — The Moroccan rug is a vintage find from a store here in New Orleans.


April 14, 2015

SUZY — Thanks! I wish I knew who the artist is for the leopard print! :\


April 14, 2015

Thank you everyone for all the sweet comments! So happy you guys like the my gallery wall! 😀


April 20, 2015

Bravo Dabito, same as Jenna, where did you get that rug? The suspense is keeping me up at night. Love your work, both here and in the book, just beautifully amazing.


May 12, 2015

Yes, that rug is fantastic!


May 12, 2015

This is beautiful room.


May 12, 2015

the rug? where’s it from?

Elaine Caines

May 24, 2015

Would love to know the Colorado on the wall! Rich and beautiful. Please advise…


June 5, 2015

yes! Where is that rug from??


August 6, 2015

This looks great! I like the deep blue wall and the grass frames. Could you tell me where you got the rug? Or what style of rug that is?


September 7, 2015

Where is the rug from?


September 18, 2015

Thank you for this inspiring article. I love your room, especially your beautiful carpet. Is that an antique?


October 16, 2015

Where is the rug from?


December 3, 2015

Where is that chair from? Love it!

Dianne Graiser

January 6, 2016

Dabito, I am getting ready to paint my house and I had picked a Navy for the ceiling in the Dining rm. which is now a beautiful Maroon and tho I love it, it has been there for 16 years. The office right off the liv. rm. is the same color and so is my den. I love the dark colors and I do want a change. Can you tell me why you picked a Satin paint instead of a flat paint? I always use flat since I think it makes for a much richer look and any paint that has a sheen to it always shows up any defects in the sheet rock etc. Just wondering !!!!! Ceilings in liv.din.rms. are 14 feet. Den , 10 ft but white as is the office.

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Shauna Burns

January 17, 2016

This is a beautiful room and I would like everyone to know where that rug is from?? Thanks!


February 7, 2016

Hi love it! We have a 1867 Baltimore home with a similar blue on the walls and very similar Anatolian rug.I am wondering if you would share the name of the paint color? Ours was orient express I painted it about 20 years ago but I cant find it anymore.


July 28, 2016

I love the coffee table–an oblong African drum table. IS it from West Elm?


October 16, 2016

Does anyone know where the rug featured in this post is from? I’m pretty obsessed with it!

Malia Bishop

October 21, 2017

is the gorgeous rug avail from West Elm??

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