Hi there! I’m Anamarie from Less Than Average Height and I’m excited to share with you the gallery wall decor my husband and I put together in our home we’re renovating ourselves (mostly).
One of our most recent projects has been updating our top stairway in our multi-level town home. We knew when we finished painting we wanted to hang a gallery wall going up the stairs leading to our bedroom. Since we’re newlyweds, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to display a few photos from our wedding and honeymoon, along with many other snapshots of our lives together.
Here’s our guide to hanging a gallery wall:
First off, remember it’s your space – treat the wall like a blank canvas – work with it until you reach a look that fits you and the feel of your home. For us, that meant using frames in brown, wood & white tones.
We ended up hanging the frames in three phases – hence the different outfits you’ll see my husband Jeff wearing – because we wanted to live with the placement of frames for a few days before we decided what to hang next. There’s nothing like living with something and staring at every day to help you determine whether you love it or hate it.
While we had many of the frames picked out ahead of time, we made adjustments and additions as we went.
Before we got to work, here are some of the tools we had handy:
- Tape measure
- Picture hooks
- Adhesive mounting squares
We started by hanging three larger matching frames we’d bought a while ago – ones we honestly thought we’d use in our living room, but then ended up deciding they weren’t quite the right fit that space.
We measured diagonally to the center of the stairway, where we hung the largest frame (11×14), which we wanted to serve as the main focal point of the wall. From there, we placed one frame (8×10) on each side. We used a tape measure and level to space and hang each frame evenly, marking each nail hole with a pencil mark (easy to erase if you change your mind!), and allowing two inches between frames. We hung the three frames in a diagonal line, with the plan of building off that foundation up and down the wall.
A week later, we went back to work, this time with six frames to place throughout the wall. I wish I could tell you we had a precise science for placing the frames, but we simply mapped the layout by bouncing ideas off each other, followed by holding up the frames in different spots until we decided where we liked them best. We mixed-up different color and size frames, with a varying arrangement of photos and prints. Our goal was to not to group all of the same looks together. We did however keep the 4×6 frames together, given they were much smaller than any of our other frames.
It was here – in addition to ordering photos through Shutterfly – I was able to incorporate two of their framed prints. It was a great way to feature a few photos I snapped on our honeymoon in a unique way.
Once we finished hanging this set of frames, we decided the wall still didn’t look complete, so we headed out on a little shopping trip (if I must) for a few additional frames to fill in the gaps.
Completing the project:
Much like the previous phase, we casually laid out where we wanted the frames, held them up in different spots and then decided where to permanently hang them – again using a tape measure, pencil and level to space out the frames two inches apart.
Once all the frames were hung, we used one adhesive mounting square in the bottom right corner of each frame to better secure it to the wall. This is an easy last step to ensure they won’t move, even if accidentally bumped … in our case, its dogs (you might have noticed their appearance on the wall) we have to watch out for!
And with that, our wall was complete! The best part though, this is a space that can change and grow with you – we certainly plan to update photos as we go.