How to hang a gallery wall

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This week is picture week here at BeingBrook!  I started on Friday with a big pile of frames on the garage shelf and so far we've hung up FIFTY-ONE and the shelf is down to just three lonely frames.

So excited to show you where I hung them all.  We are starting with the living room.  The sad and lonely room I showed you last week.  It is coming along great.

Here is the gallery we hung above the couch.  I am trying to make this room feel calm and relaxing so I went with all black frames and black and white photos.  Love!!


I started the gallery wall by laying all the pictures out on the floor in front of the couch.  This way you can mess with the layout without nailing a bunch of holes in the wall.


Then I make a map of where I want all the frames.  I also took a picture of the frames on the floor which is a great reference if you forget if the picture is supposed to go portrait or landscape or can't remember where it goes.  I also used this chart to decide what pictures to order and then to remember where to put them once they came back from the printers.  Then we hung all the frames.  It's easiest to put the wall together like a puzzle.  We started with the top row and then did the corners and bottom.  Doing the center pictures last will give you some wiggle room to make them all look even and pretty.


A lot of picture places will let you choose custom titles for the back of your photos.  So I had "LR Gallery Wall" printed on this set.  This was really helpful especially since I was ordering photos for other rooms as well.


I set up three little stations in my kitchen to get the frames pretty and the pictures in them.  A cleaning station with glass cleaner and paper towels.  Wash the frames and glass AWAY from your pictures so you don't accidently spray your prints.


A little cutting station since some of my frames had 3x3 openings or 5x5.


Then the actual framing station where we put the frame all back together.  Make sure to do this on a hard surface like your counter.  Setting the frame on your couch or somewhere soft can lead to broken glass.


Since my empty frames were already hung on the wall I just started at the top and would take one down, wash the glass, put the picture in it and then put it back on the wall.  On the bottom two corners of each picture I put this quake hold stuff on after making sure the picture was level.  It's the coolest stuff and will help your pictures stay level and aligned when your kids slam the doors or go running thru the house shaking the walls and floors as they go (not that my darling boys ever do THAT!)


So that's how I do a gallery wall!  Love how much life and warmth some family pictures can make!



  1. aww yay! What a sweet gallery wall! I love it!

  2. You did an awesome job, it looks great! Don't you just love all the B&W pictures. I recently did mine as well and had a great time putting it all together. It was a lot of work, but so worth it
    I am visiting from TDC party! Thanks for sharing!!


  3. Thanks for the idea about quake putty. We have a gallery over our couch and I am always having to straighten the frames.

  4. Your wall looks awesome! It would never occur to me to leave the center pics for last (I'd think you'd start there and build out), but that makes a lot more sense.

  5. Thanks so much for this, We are thinking about doing a gallery wall in our living room as well and these are great tips! :)
    Yours turned out lovely!!

  6. Your wall display is fabulous (the perfect mix of traditional family pictures, and modern lines). I'm your newest follower. Thanks for creating such an inspirational blog for all of us to enjoy!

  7. It turned out great! Awesome job :) I really like a wall with family pictures. We are planning on doing something similar on the wall by the staircase.

  8. Looks great! Thanks for the tip about the museum putty, I hadn't heard of that before. Tilted pictures drive me nuts, so that will be a valuable tip for when I create my own gallery wall. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love it...Just got a bunch of OKi pics from K. Walzer that I want to put to find the perfect spot!

  10. Love this! I'm in the process of doing a gallery wall in my kitchen and followed most of the same steps you did. Another great tip: Cut newspaper templates to tape to the wall to "try it out". Then you can use those same templates to mark where nails go so you can hang the frames perfectly!

  11. I love it, thank you for the help; my husband and I are in the planning stages for getting our photo gallery wall together :)

  12. Just popping over from The Inspired Room. It is great to see your gallery wall. Mine is #10.


    Gg - Notes on the Journey

    ps. Thanks for the info on quake hold.

  13. Visiting from the Inspired Room. New follower! I am loving this wall. I also want to thank you for posting the quake hold stuff. that has to be one of my biggest pet peeveses - crooked pictures! looking forward to getting to "know" you : )

  14. looks great! I love your little diagram of the frames!

    I am having a fine art photography giveaway on my blog. The artist is Melanie Alexandra who has an etsy store and more than 200 options to choose from. check it out!

  15. This is so beautiful...thanks for the step by step instructions. They are so very helpful!

  16. I just love your gallery fact it is the first one I have seen that I actually like because it is so crisp & un-cluttered looking. I am using yours as a guide to make one!

  17. I finished mine! You can see it here

    Thank you for the inspiration!!

  18. I love your gallery,may i ask where did you got yours pictures frames.


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