Hanging a gallery wall is an awesome way to showcase family photos and art work. It’s also an inexpensive way to create a gorgeous focal point that ties everything together in your home. You may think it’s difficult, but we’ll show you how easy it can be to make a reality with lobby picture frames.
With just a few tricks up your sleeve, hanging picture frames can become so much more. A gallery wall can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be, but these tips will give you the idea of what steps you can take to recreate this look in your home.
Create a Gallery Wall with Picture Frames
Decide on a Theme
A theme can be anything you choose. For instance, you can have a wedding theme with all of your wedding photos, a kid’s theme with pictures of your children, or an island theme using pictures of palm leaves, bamboo, and your vacation photos. Remember, this wall is whatever you want it to be.
Choose your photos
Start by first collecting pictures you want to display on your gallery wall. We suggest building a collection over time, because once you have more than enough pictures, it’s time to start thinking about the layout.
Pick the right frames
Start with the right frames. A gallery wall isn’t just about throwing up a bunch of art, so it’s important to find frames that complement each other. You can buy custom frames at a frame store nearby for your collection or look for a set that matches your aesthetic. Either way, make sure that the frames don’t take away from what’s inside — you want the art on your wall to be the focal point.
Group your pictures
Frame art in groups of three, five or seven. Any more than that makes it hard for people to see everything at a glance. The rule is simple: If you have 10 pieces, put two together and then one each above and below them. In other words, if you have 20 pieces of art, put four together and then two each above and below them. This approach also helps organize your wall by grouping similar-looking lobby picture frames together.
Arrange them so they are all at eye level
The most important thing is to arrange them so they hit the eye from top to bottom. Start with the largest piece in the upper left corner, then work your way down and across. Next, choose the most colorful piece and place it in the center of your wall. The final piece should be something bright, like a yellow piece, which you can place in the right corner of your gallery wall.
Choose a neutral color
To keep everything in balance, choose pieces that are monochromatic — try and keep your frame mat all shades of one color, whether it’s black, white or navy. If you have more than three pieces of art on one wall, play around with size. Choose pieces that run from small (8 by 10 inches) to medium (16 by 20 inches) to large (24 by 36 inches).
Adjust and admire
When all your photos are arranged and hung on the wall, stand back and look at your new gallery wall. If anything isn’t quite the way you imagined, remove it and adjust as needed. There is no right or wrong. It all depends on you and what you like. Move the pictures around until you get something that you like. Your gallery wall will look amazing surrounded by lobby picture frames that tell the story of your life.
Pictures create memories, and you can use them to make a gallery wall that shows off all your wonderful memories. Choose pictures of all the big moments in your life (weddings, anniversaries, babies’ births, 1st day of school, graduation, etc.), in whatever shape or form. Let the photos on your gallery wall tell the story of your life!