How to Make a Gallery Wall

Turn a blank wall into a dramatic focal point with wall art and decor

a stunning gallery wall

A stunning gallery wall filled with art starts with a blank space, a collection of treasured pieces and your imagination. This guide will give you general tips and ideas on how to make a gallery wall and create a style statement in your home.

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What You Need

Tell a story
tell a story

Choose themes that capture your sense of style or aspects of your life. Show off art in similar shades and patterns to tell your favorite color story. Relate your love of world travel by mixing global-inspired elements like intricate wood panels, mirrors in gold frames, vacation photos and modern prints against a rich, dark wall.

Choose a wall
Choose your wall

Your wall’s color and size has a big impact on your finished look. For example, wall art featuring bold colors will stand out better on a white or neutral wall. Large spaces like staircases require several pieces of wall decor. Various-sized pieces in a similar color or shade will fill the space without looking too busy.

Select Wall Decor
Select your wall decor

Once you choose your story, use a special painting, family photo, black-and-white print, color illustration, architectural element or even a framed quote for your anchor piece. (Ideally, it should be one of the larger pieces in your display). Surround it with different shapes and textures for a one-of-a-kind look.

Tip: Give your wall art gallery balance by including several complementary pieces such as two pieces in the same color or frames.

Create Your Layout
Create your layout

Before you hang your selected art pieces, make a guide. Trace each piece onto builder’s paper. Cut the shapes out. Start by taping the larger paper shapes in the center at about eye level. Use painter’s tape so you can move the other pieces around until you find a layout you like. 

Tip: Don’t crowd the pieces. Space them out, keeping them about 2 to 3 inches apart.

Hang the Pieces
Hang your pieces

Replace your paper shapes one at a time with your selected wall art. Use proper hanging hardware to securely hang your paintings on the wall. Make sure heavy artwork doesn’t fall by lodging anchors into wall studs.
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Try These Gallery Wall Ideas
try these art gallery wall ideas

A. Play around with mirrors in various shapes, sizes and coordinating colors for a chic, glimmering gallery wall.
B. Try a different twist on a gallery wall by layering wall art and decor on a floating shelf.
C. Create a big statement in a small space with an assortment of small frames and shapes.
D. Get the effect of a gallery wall by placing well-chosen pieces on a free-standing bookshelf.


  1. Tell a story
  2. Choose a wall
  3. Select wall decor
  4. Choose your layout
  5. Hang the pieces
  6. Try these gallery wall ideas