Virginia Beach portrait and lifestyle photographer specializing in comfortable portraits and candids
I love symmetry – it’s my favorite element of design I’m pretty sure. Anyway, I knew I wanted to put a series of photos in my office. So, I went to target, chose the cutest frames in the world, and started to figure out how to hang these suckers. First, I started to lay them out on the ground and I had them pretty evenly spaced. After an hour of trying to figure out how to get what I laid out on the floor to the wall, I realized that there was a MUCH simpler way of doing this. So, if this is something you want to do, and you have the appropriate space, I have your answer.
long string + tacks [optional]
Step 1. Measure your wall’s length.
Step 2. Divide it by ONE more than you have frames. I have 5 frames, so I divided the wall’s length by 6. This number is the length between nails.
Step 3. Choose the height you’d like your frames and mark it off on the wall either with a line, or measuring each time. A long string will help you with having a perfectly horizontal/level line. I didn’t use one, but it would have been helpful.
Step 4. Use the # you got in Step 2 to start nailing in the picture hangers. I think my number was around 20 inches. From the end of the wall I measured 20 inches and put a nail in. From the end of that nail, I measured 20 inches and put a nail in, etc, until I reached the end.
Step 5. Hang your frames, making sure each is level [my eye has deteriorated since taking art classes – levels have become my friend in hanging frames].
My personal opinion is that a gallery wall like this makes a space look classy but modern, elegant but simple. And I like simple. It is easy and doesn’t require a lot of planning – just 5 [or whatever] of the same frames, basically. I want to do a more in depth gallery in my house [not to mention on the biggest wall known to man] and I’m stuck, not knowing how to mix and match frames. But this was a perfect introduction for me into hanging a gallery.