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The gallery wall, also called photo wall, is widely popular and it is here to stay. In this guide, we have collected our very best tips on what to think about in order for everything to be as good as possible. How do you customize the gallery wall to the geometry of the room? What motifs and frames fit together? How do you hang up the pictures in the best and easiest way? We have the answer! Below we share our best tips.

Beautiful gallery wall with nature inspired posters in oak frames

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5 STEPS TO
THE PERFECT GALLERY WALL

1. Find Inspiration

The first step is to find your style and what you like. One tip is to check out our arrangements and layout suggestions further down on this page, as well as check out our inspiration section that provide suggestions for great gallery wall combinations. Also have a look at our Shop Instagram page that shows how our posters look in the homes of our customers.

2. Tailor to the room

The size and style of the photo wall is often determined by where it is placed. Standing frames on a picture rail or chest of drawers, the frames can be advantageously placed against the wall and blended with ornaments to form a beautiful still life. If the boards are hung above a piece of furniture, such as a sofa in the living room, you get a good balance by starting from the width of the furniture and centering the frames above. A guideline is to hang the posters so that they have longer to the ceiling than to the furniture below. For the best balance, the distances between the frames should be based on the furniture it hangs above. If the gallery wall is large in relation to the furniture, the distances should be small and vice versa.

Gallery wall with posters in gold frames by amelie sjobring

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Here the frames have a larger space in between, because the gallery wall is smaller in relation to the couch below. Picture by @ameliesjobring.

3. Choose your favourite prints and create your arrangement

To facilitate this step, we've compiled templates for different gallery wall geometries below and printed their size to make it easier to find a layout that fits your chosen place in your home. You can also compose a photo wall on your own, there are no rules but what fits your own style. One good tip however is either to start from a straight bottom or top or from a larger poster in the middle and place smaller posters around it.

4. Find the harmony between posters and frames

If you have different style and color on your poster motifs, it is recommended to focus on uniform frames to create a harmonious impression. If you have motifs of a theme, such as only black and white posters, you may want to mix frames of different varieties. For example, it may be very nice to combine black wood frames and white wood frames.

5. The best way to attach the frames to the wall

Determine how big your gallery wall will be by adding the widths of all frames and the distance between them. Then measure the total width where they should hang and mark the corners. This way you can make sure the entirety of the gallery wall gets centered correctly over the surrounding furniture. Then start in a corner and place the frame where it should be, make a small dot with a pencil over the frame in the middle. Then measure the distance from the top of the frame to the hanger and measure the same distance from the dot on the wall. Hit a nail into place and hang up the first frame. Then repeat the same steps with all frames, one at a time, and based on the first frame you put up. If your gallery wall is standing on a picture rail or chest of drawers, just place them and adjust them until you get satisfied.

Gallery Wall Templates

Here we have put together suggestions for stylish and well-balanced templates for gallery walls, with the size given below.

Gallery wall template

Template for Medium Gallery Wall - 4 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 138 cm (including spaces). The total height is 84 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 8 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 172 cm (including spaces). The total height is 114 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 8 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 212 cm (including spaces). The total height is 144 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 7 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 158 cm (including spaces). The total height is 114 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Medium Gallery Wall - 3 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 118 cm (including spaces). The total height is 70 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Medium Gallery Wall - 4 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 118 cm (including spaces). The total height is 84 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 5 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 152 cm (including spaces). The total height is 84 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 4 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 172 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Medium Gallery Wall - 5 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 128 cm (including spaces). The total height is 70 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 4 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 143 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 5 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 152 cm (including spaces). The total height is 84 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 6 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 153 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Small Gallery Wall - 3 Frames

How the frames are placed on the picture rail is a matter of preference. The arrangement in the picture has a total width of 82 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

Gallery wall template

Template for Large Gallery Wall - 3 Frames

The frames are 4 cm apart and the gallery wall has a total width of 158 cm (including spaces). The total height is 50 cm.

See more suggestions of stylish gallery walls

In our Inspiration section we have put together beautiful-looking suggestions on posters and frames in different combinations. Find your inspiration and shop at the same time. We provide photo wall suggestions with a wide variety of posters, sizes, themes and types of frames.

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