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Gallery Wall Guide

The gallery wall, also called photo wall, is widely popular and is definitely here to stay! In this guide, we have collected our very best tips on what to think about when you want to create a masterpiece. How do you customise the gallery wall to the geometry of the room? What motifs and frames fit together? How do you hang up the pictures in the best and easiest way? We have all the answers! Find our best tips below.

 

Beautiful gallery wall with nature inspired posters in oak frames

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5 STEPS TO THE PERFECT GALLERY WALL

1. Find Inspiration

The first step is to find your personal style and decide what you like. A convenient tip is to check out our arrangements and layout suggestions further down on this page, as well as our inspiration section that provides suggestions for great gallery wall combinations. Also have a look at our 'Shop Instagram' page that shows what our posters look in our valued customers' homes.

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2. Tailor to the room

The size and style of the photo wall is often determined by where it is placed. Standing frames can be placed nicely on a picture rail or chest of drawers, you can advantageously place frames against the wall and blend them with ornaments to form a beautiful still life. If the frames are hung above a piece of furniture, such as a couch in the living room, you get a good balance by starting from the width of the furniture and centering the frames above. A guideline is to hang the posters so that they are further away from the ceiling than the furniture below. For the best balance, the distances between the frames should be based on the furniture it hangs above. If the gallery wall is large in relation to the furniture, the distances should be small and vice versa.

Gallery wall with posters in gold frames by amelie sjobring

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In this picture frames have a larger space in between, because the gallery wall is smaller in relation to the couch below. Picture by @ameliesjobring.

3. Choose your favourite prints and create your arrangement

To facilitate this step, we've compiled templates for different gallery wall geometries below and printed their size to make it easier to find a layout that fits your chosen place in your home. You can also compose a photo wall by yourself, there are no rules to what fits your own style. One good tip however is to start from a straight bottom or top, or from a larger poster in the middle and placing smaller posters around it.

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4. Find the harmony between posters and frames

If you have different styles and colours on your poster motifs, it is recommended to focus on uniform frames to create a harmonious impression. If you have motifs in one style, such as only black and white posters, you may want to mix frames of different varieties. For example, it looks great to combine black and white wooden frames.

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5. The best way to attach the frames to the wall

Determine how big your gallery wall will be by adding the widths of all frames and the distances between each one. Then measure the total width of your gallery wall and mark the corners. This way you can make sure the entirety of the gallery wall gets centered correctly above the surrounding furniture. Start in a corner and place the frame in the right place, make a small dot with a pencil in the center above the frame. Measure the distance from the top of the frame to the hanger and measure the same distance from the dot on the wall. Hit a nail into place and hang up the first frame. Then you simply repeat these steps with all frames, one at a time, based on the position of the first frame you put up. If your gallery wall is hanging on a picture rail or placed on a chest of drawers, just play around a bit and adjust them until you are satisfied with the way it looks.

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GALLERY WALL TEMPLATES

These are a few suggestions for stylish and well-balanced templates for gallery walls. We have included the sizes of each of the frames below.

Gallery wall template

Template for Medium Gallery Wall - 4 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 138 cm (including spaces). The total height is 84 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 8 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 172 cm (including spaces). The total height is 114 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 8 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 212 cm (including spaces). The total height is 144 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 7 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 158 cm (including spaces). The total height is 114 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Medium Gallery Wall - 3 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 118 cm (including spaces). The total height is 70 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Medium Gallery Wall - 4 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 118 cm (including spaces). The total height is 84 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 5 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 152 cm (including spaces). The total height is 84 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 4 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 172 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Medium Gallery Wall - 5 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 128 cm (including spaces). The total height is 70 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 5 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 143 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 5 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 152 cm (including spaces). The total height is 84 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 6 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 153 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Small Gallery Wall - 3 Frames

How the frames are placed on the picture rail is a matter of preference. The arrangement in the picture has a total width of 82 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 3 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 158 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Stylish gallery wall with fasion posters in gold frames

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See more suggestions of stylish gallery walls

In our Inspiration section we have put together beautiful-looking suggestions for posters and frames in different combinations. Find your inspiration and shop at the same time! We provide photo wall suggestions with a wide variety of posters, sizes, themes and types of frames.

Gallery Wall Inspiration

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