How to Create a Gallery Wall in Six Easy Steps with Harriet Langsbury
A gallery wall is an excellent way to update your home and transform those empty spaces, but most importantly it's an easy way to bring character and personality into your home. It really allows us to show who we are and what we love.
Getting started with a project like this can be a little daunting, that's why we’ve created a guide with a few simple steps to lead you through the process. We hope after reading this you gain the confidence to create your own.
Step One - Choose Your Photos.
Getting the photo selection right is essential, whether you’ve got a theme in mind or you’re just choosing your favourite images, you want your gallery wall to showcase your personality and to bring character into your home.
Use a selection of different sizes and ratios as you don’t want the gallery wall to feel too uniform, both portrait and landscape images work well.
Get started and head to photoshop.fujifilm-houseofphotography.com to print your favourite images. You can even print your photos straight from your social media accounts.
Tip - Bring some colour into the room by choosing images that feature a complementing colour palette, or keep it understated and classy by sticking to black and white photos.
Step Two - Frame Your Photos.
Take care when framing each photo, it may seem trivial but creating a perfect gallery wall is all in the details.
Take a look at our post ‘how to frame your images’ for more details.
Tip - Try complementing your photos by using matching or contrasting frames. This will bring some cohesion into your composition and tie all the images together.
Step Three - Decide on Your Composition.
It can be difficult to decide where you want each image to go. To help visualise your composition before you hang everything on the wall, lay each frame out on the floor and play around with the layout.
Always start with one focal point this is usually your largest image. Then build all the smaller images around that, this helps bring everything together and creates the idea of one overall piece.
Tip - To help remember your chosen layout take a quick photo on your phone to refer back too.
Step Four - Create and Cut out Templates of Each Frame.
Use some paper to make templates of each one of your frames, leftover wrapping paper would work well.
You can use these templates to help you decide where to hang your gallery, these templates are so useful for catching any mistakes before you start making holes!
You can also reuse the paper templates once you’re done with them.
Step Five - Tape Your Templates to the Wall.
Once you’ve decided where you’d like to hang your gallery, you can go ahead and tape your templates to the wall.
Use masking tape for this, as it won’t mark the paintwork.
Make sure you take a step back to visualise the composition and make any changes before you start hanging your frames
Once you're happy with the position check you’ve got the spacing right, leave around 2-3 cm space between each frame, this is enough space so you can create one big focal point, without them seeming too close together.
Step Six - Add Your Frames to the Wall.
Take down your templates and add your frames one at a time, this way you can make sure to get the position of each just right. To get each frame in the right place you can refer back to the image you took on your phone earlier.
Tip - Use temporary hooks to hang your frames up, they hold light frames well and are so easy to remove.
The final thing you need to do is to stand back and appreciate your hard work and creativity! We’re looking forward to seeing how you put your spin on the classic gallery wall with your own photo prints, don’t forget to tag us at @fujifilmprintlife_uk when you share what you have created.
Written by Harriet Langsbury (@harrietlangsburystylist)