How to Hang a Gallery Wall

I love the look of a gallery wall. They look so easy to hang, but things can get tricky when you are hanging multiple pictures with multiple different sizes. What picture do you hang first? Where do you hang the second picture. Do you add elements other than picture frames? I’m hoping to answer all of these questions with a guided video of how I’ve created a simple gallery wall in my home. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that I can’t wait to show you.

How to hang a gallery wall

I have found that the easiest way to hang a gallery wall is to start at the center with a large “anchor piece” and work your way around it with other pieces.

HOW TO CREATE A GALLERY WALL or PICTURE WALL with a few simple and easy steps

How do you hang a gallery wall?

  1. Gather up your pictures, picture frames and anything else you want to hang. Remember; a nice gallery wall has not only picture frames, but other elements like signs that bring in different textures and colors.
  2. Decide if there is a “center or anchor piece” that you want to hang in the middle of your gallery.
  3. Measure your wall and decide where you want to start. I’ve shared a few tips in my video above about this.
  4. Hang the “anchor” or middle piece.
  5. Decide what other pictures or elements you want to add around the anchor piece and lay them out on a flat surface so you can get an idea of how you want them to look. You can also use painters tape (refer to video above) to get an idea of how your frames will look on the wall. Keep in mind you want everything to look “balanced.” I’ve described what I mean about being “balanced” below.
  6. Start hanging your pictures or frames on the wall. Make sure to step back and look at the “whole picture” after you’ve hung every item. This ensures that you aren’t leaving a large space open or leaving something “unbalanced.”
  7. Once you’ve hung all your elements, sit back and enjoy your new gallery wall!

Note: You want your gallery wall to look balanced. You DON’T want one side of the “wall” to look like it’s got more frames or larger pieces than the other side of the wall. For example, if you have a large picture frame on the left side, counterbalance it with two smaller frames or a similar sized frame on the right side. When your gallery wall is complete, ideally you want to see the same amount of “white space” or wall space on either side of the center.

Does this make sense?

Like I said in my video, there isn’t a right or a wrong way to hang a gallery wall.

That being said, I do believe there are some tricks to creating a more aesthetically pleasing gallery wall.

I’ll share some progress gallery wall pictures.

Find the center of your “gallery wall”
Blank wall except for my “anchor” piece

I’ve used painters tape and created an x on this frame so I can place it on the wall and have an idea of the size of the frame. I have three of these frames.
I’ve placed the painters tape on the wall to get an idea of how three frames will look.
To ensure that my pictures hang evenly, I’ve used painters tape and measured out the same distance from both sides of the center or anchor piece.

Next I’ve used a level to make sure the line on the painters tape is level.
I then measure directly below the anchor piece to find the center.
You can see how I’ve laid out the painters tape.

Once I placed the larger frames, all that was left was some smaller signs.

My easy picture wall was complete.

Gallery wall
Gallery wall
Close up of some of the smaller elements
Gallery wall
Gallery wall

Now if I can decide what pictures or portraits to put in the large frames, this back door entryway will be done!

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Thanks for stopping by friends! Let me know if you have any questions.


One thought on “How to Hang a Gallery Wall

  1. What a great idea using the painters tape. I love how it gives you an idea of how your gallery wall will work out but even more helpful is that now you know exactly where to put the nail. I have a million nail holes under the pictures on my gallery wall hahaha! (Don’t tell my husband!) I wish I would have seen your post sooner!!

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