How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall

Wall 1

Image: Pinterest

A great gallery wall can add a wonderful finishing touch to your home’s décor. It’s a great way to display family photos, art collections, prints, and kid’s art – you name it! But what makes a great gallery wall versus a not so great gallery wall? Let’s find out.

The Set Up

Wall Gallery Set Up
Image: Pinterest

First, it’s all in the preparation. I’m definitely for cutting corners whenever I can, but sometimes it just pays to spend the proper time to ensure accuracy on the very first go. Here are a few tips:

  • After you’ve collected the frames you intend to use, trace the shapes onto butcher paper.
  • Next, cut them out.
  • Lay them on the floor to find the desired arrangement.
  • Tape each one onto the wall.
  • Nail each one into place over the paper.
  • Afterwards, remove the paper.

Easy squeazy! It’s so much easier than nailing that first one in and then realizing it’s not quite what you wanted.


Now, how do you know which art work looks best together? There are several different ways to create a pleasing affect with your gallery wall.

Wall Gallery
Images: (Top Left) Pinterest, (Top Right) BHG, (Bottom Left) Pinterest, (Bottom Right) Pinterest

  1. Group them by similar art styles. This design features a collection of different artwork in various frames, but it works because every piece uses bold graphic lines, thus creating cohesion.
  2. The image on the top right also works because it displays a collection of similar toned seascapes in different frames.
  3. This design has various artwork sized all in the same way, and in the exact same frame. The interest here lies in grouping on not one, but two walls, to create a wrapped look.
  4. This idea incorporates different frames. The artwork is unified by bright colors combined with blacks and whites.
  5. The home of Lindsay Buckingham, features a gallery wall where the artwork is scrunched so tightly that it gives the appearance of wallpaper.
  6. This design shows more of a comprehensive art collection. It’s successful because the darker toned pieces are placed in the middle of the grouping and surrounded by lighter pieces on the outside.
  7. This design displays only botanical prints in similar sized frames.
  8. Lastly, the image on the bottom right works because the frames are all thin and in shades of blacks and whites.

Gallery Wall
Images: (Top Left) Elle Decor, (Top Right) Pinterest, (Bottom Left) Pinterest, (Bottom Right) Pinterest

Have you ever attempted a gallery wall? What was your approach? What was the cohesive thread?


  1. This is a fabulous guide to gallery walls. You really nailed why each one works. I’m currently planning a wall in my home and have been obsessing over creating the perfect design. Colour cohesiveness, frame style, art type, and mat vs. non-mat are part of my considerations.

    I’ll have my before and after post up on my blog eventually if you’d like to check it out:

  2. Thanks for the inspiration. We will soon buy a house and I am planning to create a gallery wall in our starirway. It’s not typical for houses in my country (Germany). People decorate different here with photo frames etc., but I really like this. :)

  3. I love the style, I have been doing this since I was about twenty two, every persons house would have these books full of pictures. I didn’t want to do that, I wanted not only live to make or take pictures, collages, painting, writing, clipping,or quotes. I wanted to lived them everyday as I would look at my wall and I would prepare me for next batch.

  4. Great ideas. Im going to be using all of the same type of frame, gold wood with a lot of texture. Prints of various places we have visited. Ill let you know how it turns out.

  5. Hi,
    Thanks for you articles. They gave me great ideas to decorate the corridor. I’ll post a picture once it’s done. (Not before August)…
    Hope to talk to you soon.

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Brittany Jepsen
Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.