How to Hang a Gallery Wall in 10 Easy Steps

I have always been a huge fan of gallery walls in the home. I am constantly asked how to hang a gallery wall, where I get my art from, and how to display my art so here are my top 10 tips for hanging a gallery wall. 

A gallery wall is a creative and unique way to display art, photographs, or a combination of both. A gallery wall can be created in any space, whether it’s a living room, hallway, or bedroom. It is essentially a collection of pieces hung together to create a cohesive and eye-catching display.

One of the best things about a gallery wall is that it provides flexibility in terms of what you choose to display, from family photos to scrapbooking projects. creating a visual focal point that can enhance the overall look and feel of a space.

It is a great way to add a personal touch to your home or office and showcase your own unique style and taste.

a gallery wall in the stairwell with a dark blue painted wall on the bottom and a blue art deco style light shade
My favourite pink and floral artwork is on a gallery wall on the stairs

I know a lot of people are put off creating one as they are nervous it won’t look right or it won’t be “perfect”.

I think the beauty of a picture wall is that you are creating something that is completely unique to you, shows off your personality and what you love beautifully, and can be the finishing touch to pulling a room together.

part of a gallery wall in a stairwell including floral prints, a star and gin bottles

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Here are my 10 easy steps on how to hang a gallery wall. By choosing a theme, layout, and color scheme, you can create a visually striking focal point that showcases your personal style and interests.

1. Decide where the gallery wall is going

The first step in creating a gallery wall is to choose the right wall to showcase your art or photographs. Look for a wall that is free of obstructions, such as windows, doors, or electrical outlets.

It’s also important to consider the lighting in the room, as some walls may be better suited for displaying art than others. I never put a gallery wall opposite a window as the reflection will mean you can’t see your artwork!

Once you’ve chosen the right wall, the next step is to determine the layout of your gallery wall. This will determine how much art you will need, how big or little it should be, and importantly, the color scheme!

Anything goes really, but if you have a room that centers around say, green and pink, you don’t really want to put up art that only has blue and yellow tones.

A stairwell, half painted white, half painted dark blue with a dark mahogany bannister. There are 2 large abstract prints in blue and white on the wall
How it originally looked

I tried to keep quite neutral with the colors, but my love of pink eventually shone through!  

2. Collect your art

One of the best things about a gallery wall is that it provides flexibility in terms of what you choose to display. You can include family photos, paintings and art, prints, posters, or a combination of all of these. This allows you to display a wide range of items that might not fit together in any other context.

You might already have a lot of art or prints lying around. You might have one piece that you absolutely love and want to create the gallery wall around this.

I knew I wanted one that had floral vintage pieces so I started with the large floral vintage artwork in the middle and then collected other prints to complement it.

floral print with a pink frame
I absolutely love this floral picture which I got from a charity shop for £5 and painted the frame pink using Valspar Brazilian Rose

I love getting artwork from small businesses and artists. Some of my favorite prints come from artists such as Max Made Me Do It, Mary Darch Design and Seb & Charlie Design

3. Think outside the box!

Your artwork doesn’t just have to come from an art shop!

I was sent quite a few prints which I love, but other pieces include a greetings card, the front of an A4 notepad, some wrapping paper, a postcard, and a page ripped out of a magazine. I love finding random art pieces like this as they really show off your creativity.

4. It doesn’t have to be all pictures!

I really love gallery walls that contain other items that are not made up exclusively of artwork or pictures.

I had a rusty & sign which I spray painted rose gold and I love how it breaks up the otherwise very square and rectangular display. I also used a wooden star from Home Sense and again, it adds character and depth to the gallery wall.

an ampersand sign spray painted rose pink, with a ceramic floral print and a postcard with a green frame
My newly sprayed “&” sign
an ampersand being spray painted in rose gold
Using Rustoleum Bright Copper to spray paint the & sign

I also have gallery walls with mirrors, letters, and stars displayed but you could use anything from wooden spoons to old street name plaques.

a gallery wall in a living room with a green velvet sofa, lots of cushions, an La Redoute rug and a coffee table
Our repurposed gallery wall in the movie room

5. Find your frames

You have your art ready, some of it will already have frames, and some of it might not need any.

When I put it together, I realized, as the artwork was going onto a white wall, some of the gallery art frames did not pop and blended into the background.

I found a dark green tester pot from Protek and painted the frames. Don’t be afraid to upcycle what you already have to give your gallery your own stamp.

I didn’t like the old brown mahogany frame that the large vintage floral print came with as I felt it made it more dated.

I painted this frame pink by covering the picture with paper and frog tape to make sure I didn’t paint over the gold surround. I absolutely love the finishing result and it really has brought alive the painting.

pink paint pot and a paintbrush
Using Valspar Brazilian Rose to paint the frame
floral print with a pink painted frame
The finished result and I LOVE it :)
frame being painted pink

6. Measure out a space so you can arrange your artwork

I always measure up the space where I’m hanging first and then mark out the space on the floor so I can get a feel for how it will look and if I have enough artwork.

9 times out of 10, the gallery wall will not look anything like how I set it out as once you start putting it up, you realize it doesn’t quite work but it’s helpful to have an idea beforehand.

tape measure measuring the stairwell
Measuring the stairwell
measuring the stair well
measuring out the gallery wall on a rug in the living room
Measuring out a space on the rug
prints and artwork on the floor ready to be assembled into a gallery wall
A selection of prints

7. Take a photo of your display

I like to take a photo of the finished floor laid display so I can remember what I did when I started to hang it.

Inevitably, the pictures will move around but I feel it serves as a good guideline as to what should go where. 

the gallery wall assembled
Organizing my artwork

8. What should I use to hang it?

You’re ready to go so what should you use to hang it? As you probably know, I love Command strips, hooks and sticky nails and will always 100% recommend that you hang any gallery wall with these products.

The beauty of Command is you do not need any nails to hang your pictures, so no holes in the walls. If you decide you don’t like where a picture is hanging, you can peel the command strip off and start again.

command strips in different sizes
Command strips, hooks and sticky nails

What I also love about Command strips is that sometimes it can be very hard to get the pictures and artwork the right distance from one another when creating your display.

As the command strips are Velcro, you can leave the Velcro stuck on the wall in place and move the picture slightly until it is hanging straight and at the right distance.

command strips stuck to the back of prints
The command strips stick easily to the back of your artwork
the command strips peel away easily
Peel the backing from the command strips and stick straight to the wall
sticking the command strips onto the wall

You can either stick the command strips directly onto the back of the frame, or you can measure out where you want your pictures to go and then stick the strips straight onto the wall. 

Personally, I like to stick the strips directly onto the frame and then press the picture into place using a spirit level to make sure they are straight. 

9. Start in the middle and work outwards

Some people enjoy going for country walks, some people enjoy water sports or travel. I enjoy putting up gallery walls!

I love watching how it develops and seeing whether the art fits well together. By using Command strips, you don’t have to worry too much if you make a mistake!

a ladder in a stairwell to help put up a gallery wall
Precariously balanced
a pink framed floral print on the wall
Starting the gallery wall with the centrepiece

10. Keep the space between each piece of artwork even

Make sure you stand back after you’ve put up each picture so that you’re happy it works. With Command it is easy to swap pieces over, or if you like a frame, change the picture.

It is also easier to see if the artwork is complementing each other if you stand back and admire your work. 

a finished gallery wall in a stairwell
Adding the finishing touches

There’s nothing quite like a gallery to make a real feature of a wall and show off a bit of your personality in your home!

two large blue and gold prints in a stairwell
a gallery wall with pink, gold and blue prints, a hanging plant and a chandelier in the stairway

I still have a few more pieces to add until I’m happy. I would like it to extend down to the bottom of the stairs and to the left-hand side of the stairwell. But, for now, I’m pretty pleased with how my new gallery wall has turned out.

10 easy steps to putting up a gallery wall

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