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HOW TO CREATE A PICTURE WALL / GALLERY WALL – STEP BY STEP GUIDE

I love picture walls – they create a really personal and one-off look for your home and can be changed as many times as you like – but I often get asked how to make them so they look great and not a mess on the wall.

Here, just for you, is the definitive guide to how I created my most recent picture wall in my own home, with loads of tips and tricks as well so that you can try it yourself – enjoy!

How to create a picture wall / Gallery wall - step by step - tips and ideas

 

STEP BY STEP CREATION OF A PICTURE WALL

 

#1 –¬†FIRST THINGS FIRST – WHERE WILL YOU PUT THE PICTURE WALL?

You can’t just get straight to putting the pictures on the wall – unfortunately – but it’s definitely worth it in the end!

To start with, you want to think about the following things: –

  • Is it a large enough space to create a feature wall with lots of pictures on? – the best walls to create a picture wall are those that have space all around so that you can really enjoy the wall without distraction.
  • Is the background plain and not patterned (so it doesn’t look too busy when finished)?
  • What room is it in? Will the pictures be appropriate for that room? (Home offices work well with motivational word art, family rooms work well with childrens art and family photos, etc….)

 

#2 – DECIDE ON YOUR STYLE

What type of house do you have? What style is your decor? What room are you in?

These questions are important to ask as you will want to complement the style you have rather than create something that doesn’t fit in at all.

There are so many ways you can create a picture wall – here are a few examples to get you thinking!: –

 

Lakeview Residence Living Room

 

This space is very traditional and as such it’s appropriate to use the same frames in the same size and in a very uniform way. The picture wall works really well to fill up the large wall without being too busy.

 

Clarendon Works

 

This is a more contemporary use of the picture wall – with lots of different types of frames and pictures. The white background makes the pictures stand out and again fills a very large blank wall.

 

interiors

 

Simple and effective – using black and white photos on frames that are the same style but different sizes. This uses a rectangle as the overall shape of the picture wall, which creates the illusion of one larger piece of art.

 

Contemporary Living Room

 

A lot more of a random shape – creating a much more informal look – this is perfect if you want to keep adding to the wall over the years.

 

Thompson

 

A lovely family room with white frames that make the colourful pictures really pop! I like the way that they have used two walls.

 

family photo wall

 

And this hallway fills the difficult stairs space well – I particularly like the way there are lots of different items on the wall as well as frames with pictures – makes it feel more collected.

Picture wall - Gallery wall - Ideas and Inspiration

And this is my own home – the “after” picture (you can see how it came about later in the post). I have used the corner of the room and the pictures wrap around it which makes the room feel bigger (especially with the dark walls). I have also used other things on the wall such as a clock, some scrabble letters**, and a light box**!

TIP – You may want to display things other than just framed pictures – why not think about clipboards with art on them, other artwork, clocks etc… and mix things up a little…

 

Creating a picture wall - gallery wall. Step by step guide with lots of ideas of how to get the best result. Inspirational photos as well. Display art on wall easily with these tricks

 

Now you are in a great position to get started and create your wall. You know where it’s going and what type of frames/pictures you want – so you can now start collecting together what you need.

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