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How to Create a Gallery Wall

How to Create a Gallery Wall

I love a good gallery wall.

It's a great way to hang allllll your favourite pieces all together. Because deciding is hard. I can't pick favourites when it comes to art.

I can't and I won't.

Creating a gallery wall is an easy, freewheeling way to bring style and personality to your space. All you need is a collection of your favourite artworks, a big ole wall and some courage.

Here are some of my best tips for creating a gallery wall in your own home.

Think outside the frame

Artwork doesn't just mean pictures in frames.

Some of the most inspiring walls are those that include a variety of different medias from family photos, to textile wall hangings, to mirrors to kids art.

Be not afraid!

Hang the unexpected and make it interesting.


Lay it Out

I like to pile all my stuff on the couch in advance of hanging, and then do a mock layout on my floor. Starting with the larger pieces, I work my way out from there and fill in the blanks with smaller prints, frames, pottery, whatever.

I also really like to use 3M hanging products when hanging in clusters so that I can make a mistake without creating a permanent hole in the wall.

Create Vignettes

Just as every piece on your wall doesn't have to be an image, every part of your gallery doesn't have to be on your wall.


Think of the space as a whole vignette. Perhaps your gallery wall is just above a piece of furniture, or incorporates a shelf.

Use the surfaces along the wall as part of your display to add interest and dimension.

Get Low/High

Hang pieces EVERYWHERE. Not all artwork needs to be at eye-level.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend hanging pieces in places they're going to be getting frequently knocked, but some of the funkiest gallery walls go from floor to ceiling. Break some rules for a more relaxed vibe.


At the end of the day, don't over think it.

Don't like the way something looks? Take it down and replace it with something else. An interesting gallery wall is about playing around. So just go for it!

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xo Em