Prep Your Space and Materials
First, gather the pieces that you’re planning to include in your gallery wall. Unless your gallery wall is part of a more eclectic setting, try to use similar-looking frames for all your art and photos to maintain some visual consistency. Measure the wall you plan to use and make sure your selected pieces will fit comfortably, including appropriate spacing.
Mock Up Your Layout
Make sure your gallery wall is picture perfect by first establishing your layout. Trace your frames onto craft paper and trim the tracings to size. You can mark the points where the nails go now or after you’ve placed the papers on the wall, whatever seems easier. Once you have paper silhouettes for each of your framed pieces, you’re ready for the fun part.
Tape It Up
Get a feel for how your finished gallery wall will look by taping your arrangement to the wall. Start with your most prominent piece and center it at eye level. Fill in the remaining space with your paper outlines, keeping in mind the overall balance of the design. A rule of thumb when making a gallery wall is to maintain a standard amount of space between each frame so there are no uneven gaps in your arrangement.
Once you’ve taped up your last placeholder, make sure the spots for the frame nails are clearly marked if you haven’t already. It will make the next step much easier.
Anchor & Hang Frames
Hammer nails through the craft paper at the spots you previously marked. Tear away the paper, leaving your frame nails perfectly placed for hanging your gallery wall. Hang your frames piece-by-piece until your wall arrangement is complete. Take a step back and note if anything looks off. Use a level to ensure each frame is balanced and hanging straight, and make the necessary adjustments to any pieces that need it.
Now take a moment to admire your work. Looks good, doesn’t it? Now that you’re an expert you can repeat the process for other rooms in your home, too.