How to Arrange Picture Frames on a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are hotter than ever. This classic technique has consistently risen in popularity over the last few years, and it isn’t going anywhere! Gallery walls are a creative and sophisticated way to showcase a collection of your favorite prints, photographs, or paintings. By arranging them thoughtfully, you can create a visually stunning display that adds character and interest to any room in your home. Gallery walls can range from a minimalist arrangement of a few key pieces to a complex and eclectic display that showcases a variety of styles and themes. Framed art is ideal for gallery walls because it not only protects the artwork, but also provides a polished look. The right frame can also enhance the overall aesthetic of the piece and complement the room's decor.

Decide on Your Arrangement

There are several types of gallery walls to choose from. Choosing the arrangement of your prints is the first step! We’ve outlined the most popular gallery wall designs below:

-Symmetrical Layout

A symmetrical layout includes prints with the same dimensions, arranged in a balanced design. This is a great option if you’re looking for something sleek and traditional. If you’re planning on displaying family photos, this is a perfect way to showcase your precious memories.

-Vertical Layout

The vertical layout is ideal if you want to create a gallery wall in a narrow space. Vertical gallery walls are perfect for hallways or above staircases. If you’re nervous about a gallery wall overwhelming your interior, a vertical layout is a good way to dip your toe in the trend.

-Horizontal Layout

If you’re trying to fill a large space, try a horizontal layout. A horizontal format is great if you’re planning on hanging your prints above a large piece of furniture like a sofa or credenza.

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The most popular kind of gallery wall includes prints of all shapes and sizes. There are endless possibilities when it comes to a mix-and-match gallery wall format. Choose to align your frames on either a vertical or horizontal axis for some cohesion. The rest is up to you!

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Our Brand-New Selection of Frames

Good news! If you’re planning on creating a gallery wall full of framed prints, we have tons of new frame colors to choose from! Our new frames JUST dropped. Explore our selection below:


A black frame will make your artwork pop. You can’t go wrong with this choice, as it fits both modern or traditional interiors.


If you’re looking for a sleek, minimalist look, try one of our new, white frames!

-Natural Wood

For a more boho appearance, try our natural wood frame. This style is perfect for a more organic appearance.


Go for gold! Embrace glitz and glamour with our shiny new gold frames. If you’re looking for something super special, you can’t beat gold.


Silver is ideal for a contemporary interior – with a twist. If you want to add some shimmer while maintaining a modern feel, go for silver.

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Plan Ahead When Creating a Gallery Wall

Although there are no strict rules for arranging a gallery wall, planning beforehand is key. For a professional-looking gallery wall, it's crucial to hang your prints evenly. To be able to better visualize your design, cut out paper in the size of each print and place it on the wall with tape.  That way you can play around with different layouts and levels. A good way to start is by placing a large central image at eye level. Make sure to keep a gap of 2-3 inches between each picture for a cohesive yet airy appearance. Finally, to ensure that your frames are hung straight, use a level for accuracy!

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The Benefits of Using Framed Wall Decor

The benefits of framed wall decor range from the aesthetic value to the practicality. Framed artwork is versatile due to its durability. You can create a gallery wall with framed wall art in any room in your home – including your bathroom! A frame protects your print against damage from temperature and humidity changes. It will also shield your artwork from fading and accumulating dust. Frames will also make your pieces pop, creating a three-dimensional effect on your wall.

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More Articles on How to Arrange a Gallery Wall

The tips and tricks don’t end here! We have a lot more articles with advice on how to curate a gallery wall to suit your unique space. Check out our article on the best ways to arrange your prints. Explore more ways to create the perfect gallery wall here. Last but not least, visit our blog for top trending interior design ideas. Happy decorating!

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Annette Schmucker