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How to Design an Easy Canvas Gallery Wall

A blank family room wall gets a makeover with the addition of an easy to install canvas gallery wall with farmhouse style swing arm sconces.

canvas gallery wall with swing arm sconces hung on wall above leather chair and side table

Do you have a blank wall in your home that you aren’t sure what to do with?

I could answer that with a big heck yeah for me!

Can you believe we’ve been living in our house for 11 years now and this blank wall in our family room finally got a makeover?

This post is sponsored by Canvas on Demand. We received products in exchange for our review. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on our personal experience.

If you don’t know this about me already I’ll let you in on a little secret…I just LOVE decorating with photos!

Seriously, there’s nothing I love more than looking back at the memories and times we’ve created together as a family.

Our staircase gallery wall is filled with pictures of our kids when they were little.

And I smile every time I walk past our farmhouse style gallery wall that spans not one but two walls in our front room.

I even added a grid style gallery wall in Emma’s room makeover.

Oh and there’s another gallery wall in my son Gavin’s room too!

So if you give me a blank wall a gallery wall may just appear!

Family Room Canvas Gallery Wall

I’m honestly not sure what took me so long in the family room.

I think I was hesitant because it’s open to both the staircase & front room so we can see the other gallery walls from the family room and I didn’t want it to be too much.

I mean is there a limit to how many family pictures you can display in your home?



Ok good now I feel better.

Thanks! 🙂

view of canvas gallery wall in family room next to window by fireplace

But seriously in all these years I hadn’t found anything to fill this blank space.

I was considering adding picture ledges to this wall but hesitated since that may have been too much with so many frames on the ledges.

So when Canvas on Demand contacted us I knew this would be the perfect wall to add a simple but large scale canvas gallery wall.

We were thrilled that they offered both Anne and I custom canvas prints to complete our projects.

Anne’s front entry gallery wall is the perfect blend of black frames and canvases.

Family Photo Session

The first step was to schedule a quick mini photo session with my favorite photographer and blog partner.

It sure is great to have a friend who’s such an amazing photographer!

I planned our outfits to match the style of our family room which is fairly neutral.

woman adjusting canvas print on wall

This is a good thing to keep in mind when selecting your clothes for your next family photo session.

You don’t want to wear a color that will clash in the room you plan to display your photos.

Planning the Layout & Ordering

Since the wall is so tall I decided to hang 4 large custom canvas prints in the same size in a grid pattern with a single farmhouse style barn light above.

I knew I wanted to order the 20×24 size so Anne took all our photos in a horizontal format.

This is another tip that’s helpful to know ahead of time if possible.

Then I used kraft paper to visualize the layout I wanted.

kraft paper templates hung on blank wall

Ordering the canvases was such an easy process on the Canvas on Demand website.

I decided to do a blur wrap on the edges of each canvas.

There are several edge options available to match your design style.

Hanging the Custom Canvas Prints

I’ve used command strips to hang all of my gallery walls and it works perfectly.

Check out this post for instructions on how to use command strips to hang frames.

back of canvas with command strips attached

After hanging the four canvas prints I stepped back and smiled.

I just loved the custom canvas prints of our family…they were perfect…well almost…there was something that wasn’t quite right.

Then I figured out what was bugging me.

I realized that the 4 canvases looked a bit lost on that tall wall.

I wasn’t worried though because surely hanging the farmhouse-style light above would help…but after holding the light up there it still looked…well…too small.

grid of four canvas prints hung on wall

Figuring Out a New Plan

I called in reinforcements…my photographer and my design consultant (a.k.a my sister) for a 2nd and 3rd opinion.

Both of them said I needed 2 more canvases.

Anne may have suggested ordering a larger size from the start.

But I didn’t really want photos of us any bigger…maybe if they were prints of a landscape.

Since they were photos of us I figured no one needs to see their faces that large on the wall. Haha!

And my sister had suggested hanging a grid of 6 from the start.

close up of 6 canvas prints hung on wall with 3 swing arm light sconces hung above

Hmmm, maybe I should have listened to her.


Oh well…live and learn!

It all worked out just fine because the wonderful people at Canvas on Demand sent me two more 20×24 canvases to finish up my gallery wall project.

They were so gracious and amazing to work with.

And the grid of 6 custom canvas prints filled the wall so much better.

Don’t you think so?

six canvas prints hung in 2 rows of three below 3 light sconces

Adding the Lighting

After adding two more canvas prints for a total of six I decided to hang 3 light fixtures above each row.

I found these swing arm light sconces that had a bit more height than the one I was originally planning so I think it really helps fills the space now.

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close up of swing arm light sconces

Chris helped me hang the lights.

Since they aren’t hardwired they were fairly easy to install.

We decided to use the magic light trick that I first learned about from one of my favorite bloggers Brooke over at Nesting with Grace.

It’s really a genius idea to add light without hardwiring or plug-in cords.

Get all the details of how to install wireless sconces in this post.

man installing hardware to hang light sconce

The hardest part of installing these sconces was adjusting the arms so that they all lined up perfectly.

Poor Chris was up on that ladder for so long while I was on the floor instructing him of which adjustments to make.

close up of man adjusting swing arm light sconces

Canvas On Demand Review

I have a couple of canvases from another online company and the quality doesn’t compare to the Canvas on Demand custom canvas prints I received.

The back of the canvas is closed which I really liked because my other canvas prints are open in the back.

And the Canvas on Demand website is so easy to use.

Just upload your photo and make any adjustments needed.

Delivery was quick and I was super excited to see the photos Anne took of our family on those large custom canvas prints.

full view of family room with fireplace and gallery wall of canvas prints

We are so excited that Canvas on Demand has given us a discount code to share with our readers!

Use the code: 2MOMS when you check out and receive unlimited 16×20 Premium canvases for just $19.99 and also get up to 85% off most of the other popular sizes!

I’m just so happy with how this canvas gallery wall project turned out.

We finally have this wall space filled with more memories.

Where will you add a canvas or two to your home?

We’d love for you to share the canvas choices you purchase from Canvas on Demand with us…show us your creative gallery walls!

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