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A gallery wall is a simple way to show off family photos, paintings or even your kid's artwork. If you're not sure where to start when it comes to creating your own gallery wall, read on for super simple tips that can be scaled to any budget and size. Ready? 

Select frames and a layout

Do a bit of research on what photo frames you'd like to use. It doesn't matter if they all match, are of the same style or are all the same size - whatever floats your boat.

If you're looking for a cleaner, more modern look try to find frames that are all the same color or size. If you're looking for more of an eclectic look, use what you've already got on hand or check out a local thrift store for some interesting and unique frames. 

Creating the layout

Once you've got frames in mind, you'll need to come up with a layout. You can start with a scaled diagram of the wall with measurements and use paper cutouts as the "frames" so you can rearrange them as you'd like. If you don't want to draw a diagram on paper, cut out sheets of paper that are the same size as the frames and use tape to place them on the wall. This might be easier to visualize than using a diagram as well. 

Think of the spaces between the frames as roads that you want to keep even and as straight and possible to keep a clean aesthetic - even if you're using different frames. 

Start with one larger piece to act as an anchor on the wall and then begin placing smaller frames and pieces around it. Varying the sizes and orientation of the art will keep the wall interesting and balanced. 

TIP: Use a level and measuring tape to make sure you keep your lines straight! 

Hang the frames

When you're ready to hang your artwork you'll need the following: 
  • Pencil
  • Picture hanging tools
Now that you've got your recommended tools, decide on the picture height. Optimal height is around 57"-- where most galleries hang their pieces of art. Using the pencil, mark the top of your first frame so that the center of the frame is near the height you chose (57" or otherwise). Lightly, hammer in a nail at an angle so that the wire on the back of the frame can rest comfortably. Hang your picture and check to see if it's level. 

If you are renting or just don't want to spend time nailing your photos, use picture hanging adhesive strips. They're strong and easily removable if you get bored with the layout or are moving out. 

Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 1, 2015

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