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How To Hang A Stunning Gallery Wall

Starting your gallery wall can be a daunting task. There’s so much that can go wrong, and you don’t want to be unsure of your design and end up putting extra holes in the wall. Here’s an easy strategy to avoid doing any unnecessary damage: Buy some craft paper from your local arts and craft store, and trace each frame you want to use onto the paper and trim to size. As you follow the rest of this how-to, tape your craft paper cutouts to the wall with painter’s tape until your gallery wall is perfect. Then go ahead and hang the real pieces.

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 To get started, anchor the wall with your largest statement piece first. This will serve as a guide for your other, smaller art. Every gallery wall needs at least one piece that feels commanding for the eyes to immediately gravitate toward.

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Vary the size and orientation for the rest of your art pieces. Including vertical, horizontal, and square art will ensure your gallery wall looks balanced. If you find yourself stuck with an awkward space, remember that a small starburst mirror or another piece of hanging wall decor can be incorporated into your gallery. Don’t make the mistake of drawing the line at wall art.

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Keep the gaps between your pieces relatively even and at least 3 inches apart so the gallery doesn’t look crammed. Also make sure no piece is too far from all of the others, or it make look strange, like it was hung there by mistake.

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Make sure the frames you choose for your art pieces are within your color palette. Every frame doesn’t have to be the same (it can be a lot of fun to mix it up!), but you don’t want any of your pieces to stick out like a sore thumb.

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After you lay out the gallery with craft paper, take a step back to see what the gallery will look like as a whole, and make any minor spacing adjustments. We additionally like to lay the gallery out on the floor first too so you can see each of the pieces next to each other to ensure they compliment each other well. Because the real key to a stunning gallery is simple: great art. Shop some of our favorite wall art pieces below, and get started on that gallery you’ve always wanted!

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42 Comments
  • I planned to do this a while ago! Thanks for the useful post!

    xxx

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  • Having too many very small frames can look busy. Unless they are lined up or used as a block. My favorite gallery walls have one or two large pieces.
    I agree on mixing up the frames, but if you look at the examples, the ones with simple black frames or white frames look best.

    • Chriselle says:

      It is all based on personal taste. Your own touch on a gallery wall is what makes a room special! I love all types. Thank you for sharing what you like best! I hope to hear from you again. Have a great day! xoxo

  • Daniela says:

    These tips are great! I’m about to create my own stunning wall gallery, so this was super helpful for me!

    Daniela
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  • Elizabeth T. says:

    Loving all of these inspirational gallery walls <3 :) Thank you so much for these helpful tips! I've been wanting to have a gallery wall in my home for awhile now, but I'm just not sure where to start. Your interior decorating tips are always so informational!

    XO, Elizabeth
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  • Seriously fab inspiration, love the top one <3

    Mel x
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  • diana says:

    This is so amazing and gorgeous!
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  • Definitely some things to take note of when I get to decorate my own home, as I’d like a gallery wall up as well!!!! <3

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  • Olivia says:

    Great inspirational photos! I had a gallery wall up for a few years and recently took my down. After a few months I’m already itching to make room for another in our home.

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  • Leta says:

    Great inspiration!

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  • Joy says:

    These ideas are amazing. Love to design my own wall soon.

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  • Ashley says:

    These are some gorgeous wall galleries! Thanks for sharing :)

    XOXO, Ashley
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  • Cindy says:

    Ahhhh serious interior goal!!! I’ve always loved these gallery walls but never have the courage to actually do it. Thanks so much for the tips, super helpful!

    xx Cindy
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  • Love these helpful tips! I’ve been collecting frames at London’s flea markets and little antique shops! So excited! x

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  • Gemma says:

    Great tips! I did wonder how, despite being different sized frames, a good gallery wall still felt even- now I know it’s due to the even spacing between each piece. Genius!

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

  • manuela says:

    Hi dear Chriselle,what a wonderful idea! I love gallery wall, they give the house a special feature!
    I adore the contrast of black and white in this image you posted
    and the boards of Kathy Kuo are simply amazing
    thank you, your posts are always interest and never banal
    xoxo M.

  • Thuy says:

    I do like the idea of a gallery wall but I think my personal preference is to have less and larger pieces. Like the picture with the blue couch and blue pillows :)

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  • Diana says:

    Wow, these are some gorgeous inspo photos and some great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Yasss, the gallery wall! Always the most interesting room to walk into. Every time, I see a room filed with gallery wall paintings, it’s just like a kid in a candy store, … Except I can buy all the candies, perhaps not all the paintings! Beautiful post! :)

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  • Olivia says:

    Love this post. You make it look so easy. Great job!

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