Creating A Gallery Wall


It has taken me over a year to decide on how to decorate my living room walls. I was gifted this amazing sofa when we moved into this place.. I love it and most everyone that visits does too but I’m always asked about the bare walls. I must admit that when it comes to making design decisions for myself it can take me a very long time to pinpoint what I want. Hence, these walls went empty for a full 12 months 

First of all, I’m renting and hanging things just feels so permanent (in my mind, at least). Secondly, I thought it would take more time and effort than I wanted to invest. However, as one of my favorite interior designers has said, “your home should rise up and greet you. And at the end of the day, it should ground you in a sense of peace.” My theory of not decorating was making it hard to feel like this place is our home. As a photographer, nothing makes me feel more grounded than captured moments of my family. I was able to complete this project in about 3 hours aside from the amount of time it took the prints to be shipped. 

So, I wanted to share the finished product of this home decorating project and a few quick tips for if you’d like to create a wall gallery too.  Read below....


Gather Your Tools... 

  • Frames & Images you will hang
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Kraft Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Design Your Layout


Lay out the artwork on the floor. Start with a large piece in the middle and build out from there. Use a variety of sizes for an eclectic look. I went with all white frames because I love simplicity and the clean lines. However, mixing in colored frames is nice too. 

Make Mock Up

Using the kraft paper and pencil, trace and cut out each frame to size. 


Take those sheets to the wall and create a mock up. Tape down the edges with painters tape.

Hammer Away & Hang

Having the mock-up will make it super simple to place nails and align your artwork.


Bask in Your Hard Work


Finally, some art that I’m proud of and love to come home to.  I can continue to fill in the gallery as we capture more beautiful moments. 

I found a ton of inspiration for this project online and have a pinterest board dedicated to wall galleries. 

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did creating it!! Thank you for reading. Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Shelly C.