7 Tips for Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall

These tricks from HGTV Magazine will help you completely transform your walls.

Related To:

Photo by: Ben Goldstein

Ben Goldstein

1: Start with the art

To create an assembled-over-time look, combine new and vintage prints and paintings, along with flea market finds. For a more modern look, find art within one color palette, or try pieces of the same size that are from a single collection or have a unified theme.

2: Tie it together

Keep your frames cohesive and get them all in the same color. This goes for matboards, too. Add a few light-color wood frames for a more eclectic mix.

3: Plan it out

Lay your framed art on the floor, then snap a photo of the final arrangement to refer to when hanging the art on the wall.

4: Level the first piece

Use a level to hang at least the first couple of frames. If the first row is crooked or slanted, the whole gallery will be off.

5: Hang frames with uniform spacing

Leave the same amount of space between frames so that the installation doesn’t appear messy — 2 inches is a good starting point. Too much space (more than 5 inches) or uneven space between frames can make the arrangement come off as haphazard.

6: Use tape as a measuring tool

Cut painter’s tape into the amount of space you want between the frames so that you can easily put these “spacers” between items as you hang the collection. This will save time: Painter’s tape is easier to place than unwieldy measuring tapes or rulers.

7: Grow from the base

Hang a bottom piece first. If you’re creating a gallery above the sofa, start about 6 inches above the back edge. Building from the lowest row allows you to expand your gallery wall up and out without running out of space.

Keep Reading

Next Up

6 Tips for Decorating Your First Home

Take it one practical step at a time, and don't buy into the myth about matching.

Small Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Gather small bathroom decorating ideas, and get ready to add style and appeal to a snug bathroom space.

Shared Space Decorating Ideas

Not sure how to make a small space multifunctional? City-dwellers Sarah Raskin and John Kerl turned their bonus room into a guest bedroom/baby nursery with some smart decorating ideas and storage solutions.

On TV

Flip or Flop Vegas

7:30am | 6:30c

Flip or Flop Vegas

8:30am | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:30am | 8:30c

Flip or Flop

10am | 9c

Flip or Flop

10:30am | 9:30c

Fixer Upper

11am | 10c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Hawaii Life

8pm | 7c

Hawaii Life

8:30pm | 7:30c

Hawaii Life

9pm | 8c

Hawaii Life

9:30pm | 8:30c

Caribbean Life

11pm | 10c

Caribbean Life

11:30pm | 10:30c

Hawaii Life

12am | 11c

Hawaii Life

12:30am | 11:30c

Caribbean Life

2:30am | 1:30c

Hawaii Life

3am | 2c

Hawaii Life

3:30am | 2:30c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.