how to hang a gallery wall 101

How to hang a gallery wall

by Andrea Cooley

how to hang a gallery wall 101

We finally have the living room painted and things hung on our big bare wall!

The wall is a combination of prints from Etsy and West Elm. I looked and looked online and around town for prints or photographs. I would pull things out of magazines and catalogs or send Adam links of things I liked, and he usually said they looked good. But honestly, he wasn’t too worried about what we hung on the wall. He’s the guy who goes to the store and buys the first pair of jeans or shoes he tries on and is ready to go home. I on the other hand have to try every pair on at least once and maybe even bring something home to try it on again and then decide to return it.

Once we had all the frames, the next step was hanging them. First I laid all the frames on the floor in front of the wall and got them arranged how I wanted them. Then, I used the mounting patterns that West Elm included with the frames (genius!). Seriously, this makes it so much easier!

Two of the frames were from Target so I didn’t have a pattern for them, so I made ones out of newspaper. So we taped those to the wall and pounded in the nails:

how to hang a gallery wall 101

Then we ripped off the paper, hung the frames, and stood back to admire our wall. I love the mix of frames and prints, and think they balance each other really well. Every time I walk into the room now it makes me so happy to see how it’s come together!

We still have plenty of projects to do around the house, but Adam asked if this room was done, and while I don’t think a room is ever completely done, I do think it’s in pretty good shape!

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