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7 Hacks for Hanging the Best Gallery Wall

Learn how to decorate your home with photos & memories of those you love. Get our 7 hacks for hanging the best gallery wall.

If you’ve been following our blog for a while you know how much we both love decorating homes with photos.

Children grow up in the blink of an eye, don’t they? And we know just how fast time flies as our nests are beginning to empty as our kids head off to college.

In our opinion, there’s nothing better than surrounding your family with memories captured in photographs.

Photographs are like a return ticket to a memory otherwise forgotten.

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A reader once told me that she loved my gallery walls in my living room… she said it “wraps around the room like a hug”.

I loved that description of my home because that’s exactly what I want our house to feel like for our family.

So now you know how passionate I am about photo decorating. LOL

Let’s figure out just how to decorate your wall with all those amazing pictures.

And don’t miss my best hack at the end of this post!

Where Can You Add a Gallery Wall?

Oh my goodness…the options are endless!

Add a gallery wall to a front entryway, bedroom, family room, or office.

Really you can add a gallery wall anywhere in your home!


front entry gallery wall of family photos in a variety of black frames mixed with gallery-wrapped canvas prints with black borders

Anne’s entryway gallery wall is filled with family photos in black frames of different styles and canvases wrapped in black.

gallery wall going up staircase hanging glass light fixtur

And I have a staircase gallery wall created with different black frame styles and sizes.

gallery walls on two walls in living room loveseat coffee table in front of walls filled with photos and artwork

A large farmhouse-style gallery wall spans two walls in my living room and is filled with farmhouse wall decor, photos in a variety of different types of picture frames, and canvas photos.

Then I also have a canvas grid-style gallery wall in our family room.

And my daughter has a simple modern grid-style gallery wall in her bedroom.

I know it’s alot…I told you I really like gallery walls. LOL

7 Hacks for Hanging Gallery Walls

If you follow these 7 tips when hanging your gallery wall you will create a beautiful display of memories for your home.

And you may even be like me and start adding gallery walls everywhere!

1. Choose a Style or Theme

gallery wall on right side of room with light sconces above 6 large canvases. stone fireplace to left of window and family room filled with couch chair and tables

Is your home modern, traditional or farmhouse style?

Knowing the style of your home will help you decide the style of the frames you want to use.

Do you like the clean lines of modern frames in the same size and shape and a gallery wall in a grid format?

Or do you like something a bit more free form with frames in different sizes and shapes?

Don’t forget to think about the color of the frames? Do you want them all to be the same color or do you want a mix of colors and frame textures?

2. Gather Photos and Wall Art

stack of four gallery wrapped canvas prints with black borders

Gallery walls can be created with photos, art work or a combination of both.

Which do you prefer?

If you are planning a symmetrical photo wall you’ll need to get all your photos printed in the same orientation (either vertical or horizontal).

3. Preview Gallery Wall on Floor

photo frames and wall art work laying on carpeted floor in front of wall with picture frame moulding

I always layout the frames I’m using to create my gallery wall on the floor and then play around with the patterns.

Seeing how each picture frame or piece of art looks together is helpful when gathering your frames. They may not all work together and you may have to look for other options that will fit better.

4. Make Paper Templates

kraft paper photo frame templates taped on wall in staircase for gallery wall

After I have all the frames that I want to use in a gallery wall I’ll make templates out of kraft paper.

Just trace each frame and cut out the template. Super easy!

Then you can tape each one onto your wall with painters tape.

This will allow you to easily move the templates around until you get the perfect layout for your gallery wall.

5. Spacing Picture Frames is Key

woman installing a gallery wall using a level

Be sure to space your frames and artwork evenly throughout your gallery wall.

Also keep the spacing from the ceiling and floor even when hanging your frames.

Using a small level will ensure that your picture frames are straight as you are hanging them.

I find it easiest to start with the center or focal piece of the gallery and work out from there when I hang gallery walls.

6. Put Away the Hammer

close up of corner of photo frame hanging on wall

Believe me I’ve hung lots of gallery walls over the years and nothing works better than command strips!

Frames hung with nails can shift and look crooked and you’ll be constantly adjusting and straightening them.

Nobody’s got time for that!

With command strips your artwork will stay put and won’t move.

Plus there won’t be any damage to the walls if you decide to take your gallery wall down or rearrange it.

7. Take a Step Back

woman adjusting picture frame on wall with gallery wall display on entire wall

The best hack I have for you when hanging a gallery wall is to take a step back.

When you’re right on top of the wall hanging those paper templates make sure you step way back to look at the entire wall and room.

Taking a step back will allow you to be sure your spacing is good between frames and within your gallery wall display.

And when the last frame is finally hung remember to step back and check that all your frames are straight.

Because it can always be fixed since you hung your gallery wall with command strips.

Now go hang that beautiful gallery wall of memories in your home!

I promise you’ll love it!!

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Friday 16th of April 2021

You have great examples of gallery walls! I really like the ideal of making templates which saves so much time. Also the command strips is great advice that I will try! Thanks:)


Friday 16th of April 2021

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on our blog post. Hope you love your gallery wall as much as we love ours. Let us know how yours turns out.