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How To Create a Gallery Wall In Your Home

Wall gallery displays in Interior Decor have become a popular way to dress up the walls in your home.  To ensure you get this focal wall just right, I’m sharing a few guidelines with you that I like to follow.

You want to make sure that your hard efforts of creating a gallery wall in your own home will pay off to give you your desired look, especially before putting holes in that wall!

You’ll also see:

  • My my ‘rules’ for creating a gallery wall in your home
  • What to consider when choosing your wall art and your frames
  • How I created a simple (& inexpensive!) gallery wall as focal point in my own home
  • A foyer & dining room of two different clients using their own photos to personalise the space
  • 3D renderings to allow clients to visualise my ideas for these accent walls within their home



You know I like to plan, so this is very important.  I like when there is at least one common thread throughout the entire gallery wall, something tying it all together. The first thing you need to do is:


For my client’s front entryway (below), we decided to use the theme of ‘family’ photos. We wanted to convey through the images in the gallery that this is tight knit family with a home full of love and fun!  The images we framed were from their wedding and trips that they had taken together over the years, as a family.

Similar Frames or Mat Colour

The other thing I like t do sometimes is to use all the same frames. In my own living room, I have a feature wall with IKEA frames that are all the same wood toned colour. I also made my own mats to frame each photograph and painted it the same as the wall colour, Flint by Benjamin Moore.

Each of our ‘Nature’ photos also have a little bit of yellow in each one.

Shown below is what I did in our basement. All the mat colours are the same, but you can see that I decided to go with different frames – different in both style and in size.

Photos from our travels, before kids and before we moved back to Canada from England.

Take Your Measurements

Now wait! Don’t put your hammer to nails just yet!

Before you put a hole in the wall, you’ll need to measure the wall space where your wall art will live. Let’s say it’s going above a sofa. You don’t want it to exceed the actual width of the sofa.

As with anything, there are some exceptions to the rule. However, for the purpose of this post, let’s stick to that rule.

Below in my daughter Elise’s room.  Notice how the items on the wall do not extend past her bed?

To measure it out, I do one of two things.

I either use my 3D program and map it all out like you can see in the rendering below. This way I can show clients exactly how I intend to set up their gallery wall display and get their approval for the set up.

Or you could map it all out on the floor. Use a measuring tape and play around with the arrangement by moving your decorative pieces around until you get the look you want.

Tip: Take photos of proposed layouts before adjusting items to try another look.  This way you don’t need to worry about remembering each possibility! (Hey, we aren’t getting any younger, right?!)

Typically, I like to start by placing the biggest piece first, unless of course all the photos are the same size.

You’ll also want to consider if you (or your client) is someone who likes things to be symmetrical or if you are a bit more ‘loosey goosey’ and like the quirkiness of an asymmetrical design.

Symmetrical layout of my clients framed photographs in their industrial dining room we designed.

Keep each piece of wall art close enough together so they’re relating to one another.  At the same time, allow for some breathing space so each item can be appreciated when looking at the final design, just as we did above in our clients very cool dining room

What I love about so many gallery walls, is not only are they a great way to display artwork, but these feature walls are a great opportunity to make a space personal.

That’s what great design is all about.

Just like my tagline states, “Love where you live, live a better life.”

When you surround yourself with personal and sometimes sentimental items that are meaningful to you, that’s when you really make a house, a home.

Plus, you’re going to be excited to show off your beautifully decorated home with those who mean the most to you.  A win-win for sure!

Do you have a Gallery Wall of Art in your home?


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