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Gallery Walls

A picture wall is a striking way to display your framed pictures, whether you have snaps of family and friends or a collection of traditional prints. With our creative design tips you'll be able to create a truly swoon worthy gallery wall.

FRAME YOUR PHOTOS

FINDING A FRAME

With thousands of picture frame and mount products creatable through the eFrame website you really can design your perfect picture wall. It doesn't take long but it can make a fantastic difference to your interior space.

Once you've decided on the picture-perfect gallery wall layout you can upload your photos and frame your heart out. We'll make your memories come to life and ship them, perfectly framed, to your door and ready to hang. Alternatively, if you have some really cool pieces already at home, you can frame them too.

THEMES

Always have a common element running through your collection so there is a relationship between the pictures. It could be that they all have the same frame, or if it is a mixture of frames, they might all be the same size. Perhaps they are all black and white photographs or watercolour paintings by the same artist. This way you are creating a collection rather than a general assortment.

LOCATION

Choose an area where there is lots of space to display the collection. A large sitting room wall is ideal, or a wide hallway or staircase. Make sure there is enough room for people to walk past without knocking the frames. By using a plain wall rather than patterned wallpaper you will help the collection stand out. Dark pictures work best on light walls and light pictures on dark walls. Take down any existing pictures and ensure your furniture doesn't cause a distraction.

PLANNING

First of all line up all the pictures you are going to hang and start to think about sizes, colours and themes. Get a pen and paper and make some sketches of possible layouts. You may want a traditional display or something with a contemporary feel. Perhaps it is going up a stairs in steps. If you feel confident with your design you can hang your pictures directly on the wall. You might want to play with your layout a little by cutting full size paper templates of your pictures and arrange them on the wall until you are happy.

LAYOUTS

Gallery walls can seem a bit formidable at first, so we conducted a survey to find out what peoples favourite designs were. Below you'll find the results, along with how to achieve each look.

Growing Display

Start with an imaginary line running across your wall. Place the pictures above and below this line, growing outwards in a circular motion. You can add to this design over time but be careful not to let it get too big. If the pictures start to get too high or low for you to comfortably view it is time to start a new picture wall. This works well with a mixture of traditional style frames, to give a vintage feel, or sharp, clean frames such as aluminium for a stylish contemporary display. It's amazing to see how your gallery wall develops over time.

A collection of artwork and photos in a big gallery wall
Credit Architectural Digest

Traditional

The top row should start just above your sight line and be made up of the smaller or lighter pictures in the collection. If your pictures are all the same style and measurement, put portrait shaped ones on this row. The second row should be made up of darker, larger and landscape shaped pictures.

The Shelf

It's a display style that's becoming ever more popular, the ledge gallery wall is perfect for people who rent, rearrange regularly or dread DIY. By leaning your frames on a ledge (make sure it's got a lip) you can create a laid back look without having to hammer any nails. What's more, the shelf gallery wall is easy to accessorise with small plants, candles and books set side-by-side.

Framed word art on a shelf
Credit thelovelydrawer

Grid

The grid is a clean statement piece that's simple to plan, customise and add to. So if you have a tricky space to fill, this is a great option. Think of it as a giant life size instagram feed. Arrange your frames so they fit together to create a square or rectangle design on your wall. Leave approximately 5cm between each frame so you can see the collection without it being squashed. This design works especially well if your pictures have the same style frame in different sizes.

Staircase

This is a good place to display pictures as long as there is enough room for people to get past without brushing the frames. The pictures should be spaced so they follow the line of the steps going up. Measure from the first step up to the bottom of the first frame. Use this measurement every few steps to place the next picture and so on. If they are small frames, create a collection of 2-4 before moving up the stairs.

Framed photos leading down a staircase
Credit Sapphire Diaries

Stack

Also known as a column, the stack style gallery wall consists of multiple frames aligned vertically on top of one another. You can make this picture wall as tall as you want, stretch it floor to the ceiling or just make it a few frames high. For maximum effect, try positioning the frames at the end of a hallway or at the top of your stairs. We'd normally recommend stacking smaller frames to maintain a balance, which gives you an opportunity to frame your Instagram pictures.

Floor to Ceiling

Not for the faint hearted, a floor to ceiling gallery wall is a sophisticated and bold way to show off your photos and art. Its dramatic size requires fairly tall walls (we'd recommend 2.4m plus). Because of its impressive proportions try using softer colour frames like white and silver. The bottom of this gallery wall should start about 8 inches from your skirting board and finish about 8 inches from your ceiling (or coving).

Triptych

A triptych is a set of 3 identically sized and styled frames set side-by-side. Professional Interior Designers crave this gallery wall layout because it ticks the boxes of some key design principles dictating layout, size and shape of objects in a room. Namely that items displayed in odd numbers often create a more desirable energy. Try hanging a triptych above your bed or sofa to create a real show-stopping look. Also try experimenting with weighted bottom mount designs.