How to Hang a Gallery Wall in 5 Easy Steps

You're only five steps away from a gorgeous DIY wall gallery. Whether you're using frames, paintings, or photos, these hanging gallery wall ideas are guaranteed to spruce up your space.

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What You Need:

  • Artwork
  • Pencil
  • Kraft paper
  • Scissors or a crafts knife
  • Painters tape
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Ruler

Step 1: Gather Art

Start by gathering an assortment of wall art. Choose items that go together but aren't matchy-matchy. Build a photo wall with a bunch of family pictures, or opt for frames sans photos to create a picture frame collage—it's up to you.

Step 2: Trace and Test

The hardest part of hanging your gallery is establishing where to hang pictures on the wall. Before nailing any holes, establish your gallery wall layout. Start by tracing around each piece of art on kraft paper, then cut out. Use painters tape to hang each cutout and get a feel for the layout. Rearrange until you find a look you love.

Step 3: Start in the Center

When you're ready to start hanging art on the wall, use a hammer and nail to place your first piece of wall art decor in the center of the space. Start with one of the larger pieces, then add smaller pieces around the edges.

Step 4: Keep It Even

A successful wall gallery keeps art at an equal distance. Use a ruler to guide your hangings. Aim for 3–6 inches between each piece of wall art. 

Step 5: Maintain Balance

Your gallery wall doesn't have to be symmetrical, but there should be some semblance of balance. Pair large wall art with a few smaller pieces, or even-out intricate wall paintings with empty frames.

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