HOW TO HANG A GALLERY WALL

Here are some tips and tricks to hanging a gallery wall in your home. We begin with three examples of different styles of hanging.

SALON STYLE

The salon style hang is a relaxed and interesting way to hang art on your walls. When hanging a gallery wall, start with a large central artwork and work your way out. Make sure you then keep the distance in-between each additional work as similar as possible. 

GRID STYLE

The grid style hang is best when used with artworks of a similar size and in similar frames. 

If your grid is symmetrical we suggest to keep 5-7cm between each work. The grid hang creates a clean and formal arrangement.

PICTURE LEDGE

The picture ledge is a small shelf where pictures lean against the wall and are kept in place by the small ridge at the front of the shelf. This is a great way to exhibit photos, unframed works on paper and work by emerging artists. It is the best option if you don’t want to mess around with lots of nails and screws.

As the artworks aren’t fixed in place you can move them around and replace them anytime you like.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN...

 

Firstly we suggest preparing the wall, giving it a clean and removing any furniture out of the way before you hang your gallery wall.

 

Then you can start by laying all your pictures on the floor face up, in a layout that you would like to hang. This allows you to play around with spacing and which pictures you want next to each other without making too many holes in the wall.

You can also measure and make out in tape the full space of your gallery wall, which then allows you to play around with the layout within a defined space.

 

Another trick is to create templates of each work by cutting out the same shape in wrapping paper or newspaper and pinning them on the wall. This will also give you an idea of the layout before hammering into the wall.

 

Avoid hanging them in a line - this can look boring and defeats the object of a gallery wall.

 

Start in the centre of your wall with a larger artwork and work your way out.

 

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  • As we read left to right in the west, a gallery wall can handle heavier, larger, thicker or darker pieces on the lefthand side of the wall. Start with larger pieces on the bottom left and work your way up and around.

  • Mix it up! We think the best gallery walls include a variety of work from prints, paintings to family photos and postcards. Browse our range of affordable prints by emerging artists here.

 

  • When buying art online for your gallery wall it is important to think about whether the work is being sold framed or unframed. If not you will need to think about how you want to frame your work if you want to add it to an existing gallery wall. 

Click here to read SEAM’s tips on framing art

HOW DO I CHOOSE ART FOR MY GALLERY WALL?

Don’t worry too much about the artworks ‘going’ together. A gallery wall naturally brings together your collection and showcases your works as a personal representation.

 

SHOULD GALLERY WALL FRAMES MATCH?

There will be a temptation to frame works in matching frames or similar styles but in our opinion the beauty of a gallery wall is most abundantly conveyed when the work are varied, for example: employing different mediums and genres!

 

HOW DO I HANG A GALLERY WALL WITHOUT NAILS?

There are ways to hang a gallery wall without nails - one can use command strips or even chains to hang the work from a picture rail. Alternatively you could hang your artwork using another of SEAM Solutions, The Picture Ledge. This allows you to exhibit multiple artworks with only two nails in the wall.

5 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN HANGING YOUR GALLERY WALL

 

1. SPACING

A guide is to keep 5 to 10cm space in-between each work.​​

2. BALANCE

The art of hanging a gallery wall is to maintain balance - you’re gallery wall doesn’t have to be symmetrical but should be balanced. This can be done with similar sized work balancing each other out.

 

A good formula to aim for when hanging pictures on a gallery wall is one very large piece, two large pieces, three medium pieces and four small works.

 

3. HEIGHT

Start with the largest work and hang that at eye level, which is usually 145 cm from the floor to the middle of the work. This is a great starting point and you can hang the rest of your art around it.

 

If you don’t have one large wall to hang your gallery wall on, how about hanging it around windows, around your TV or above your bed?

 

4. CONTEXT

You might want to focus on a theme that can bring the wall together and create cohesion in the larger context of the wall, for example: black and white pictures or brightly coloured works that can then be balanced out with a contrasting artwork.

 

5. LIGHTING

Do any of the artworks on your gallery wall need more light than the others? Will they be lit naturally by lamps, overhead lights or daylight? It is worth thinking about where the daylight hits your wall to get the most out of your pictures.

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