How to Create a Family-Friendly Entryway Gallery Wall

Create a colorful entrance with art, framed family photos and cherished objects grouped together on an expansive entry wall.

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Materials Needed:

  • ladder
  • picture hanging kit (containing sawtooth hangers, eyehooks and picture wire)
  • hammer
  • picture nails
  • art
  • framed photos
  • lightweight objects
  • level
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • shallow containers or floating shelves

Add and Update Hanging Hardware

In order to arrange art, framed photographs and objects efficiently and safely, it's important to first add proper hanging hardware. Lightweight pieces without glass can be hung with sawtooth hangers which simply attach to the frame's back with small nails (Image 1). Larger pieces of art or objects with unevenly distributed weight should be hung with eyehooks and picture wire (Image 2). Note: For safety reasons, it's best to use acrylic instead of glass when framing art or photography, especially in homes with active kids.

Start in the Center

Hanging a long object in the center, like these oars, will help to visually anchor the collection. Once the oars were in place, all the other elements were arranged around them. Use a measuring tape to create consistent spacing between each object and keep pieces straight with a level.

Work From the Center Outward

To achieve a random look, each element should be added to the wall, working from the center outward. This casual gallery wall features a mix of objects, but the look is balanced thanks to proper spacing. As you make your way up, down and across the wall, keep the distance between each element consistent.

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