>> 5 proven layouts to create stunning gallery wall in minutes
March 08, 2020

>> 5 proven layouts to create stunning gallery wall in minutes

Here are five easy gallery wall styles, one of which is sure to fit the space you have in mind - not to mention your personal style. After all, a gallery wall brings the many dimensions of who you are together into a cohesive whole.

With these styles, you’re sure to find the right fit. Here are five of our favourite gallery walls. 


1. The Grid

An arrangement of 6, 9 or 12 identically-sized frames


Perfect if: you want to precisely fill the space above a couch, headboard, or dining room table.

Think about: picking one classic frame style for a sleek, uniform look and considering a theme for your grid.

What You'll Need: Art you love.

How to Get It: First, choose your prints. Choose your frames - our favourite frames for grids are thin white gallery frames.

Pro tip: Hang each frame 8-10 centimetres apart and be sure to keep your spacing consistent!


2. The Column

A vertically-stacked arrangement of 4 to 6 frames


Perfect if: you have a narrow wall next to a door or window. The vertical gallery wall works wonders in tight spaces.

Think about: mixing up frame styles, mixing metals, and varying the frame sizes to add visual interest.

What You'll Need: A collection of framed pieces that you think look great together—they don’t have to and shouldn’t match!

How to Get It: Arrange your frames on the floor to see what arrangement you like best, then hang each piece 3 - 4 inches apart, ensuring that they’re all horizontally centred.

Pro tip: Do not put the biggest one at the top!

One more thing: we find the most successful column designs feature coordinating (not matching) frames. You'll want to make sure you have a balance of colour, weight, and texture.

We have a new line of pre-curated gallery walls. All you need to do is pick the combination you love! Check them out here

3. The Salon

Do you know that "Salon" is a classic gallery wall? Let's take that up a notch. Hello, floor-to-ceiling gallery wall. This arrangement might seem intimidating, but if you've got a lot of art this is a great way to display it.

Perfect if: you have an alcove or nook you’d like to fill.

Think about: having one consistent design element to make the space look cohesive - sticking to all-wood frames or black frames, or keeping the tones in your art consistent.

What You'll Need: 10 - 20 (or more!) framed and unframed small photos, pieces of art and mementos. 

How to Get It: This gallery is supposed to look like you grew it over time, so don’t worry about making it too perfect! Start with a single piece somewhere in the middle of your wall, then add the others above and below, being sure not to centre anything and leaving 8 - 10 centimetres between each.

Pro tip: These are meant to look collected over time! As you gather new pieces, just add them in.


4. The Ledge

A grouping of 3 to 5 framed pieces leaned against one another on a shallow wall shelf 

While the traditional salon-style gallery wall isn't going anywhere, we've seen a new frame display steal the spotlight—the ledge gallery. Perfect for those who are constantly rearranging their decor, the leaning look allows for a laid back look without the wear and tear on your walls. Plus, your frames, trinkets, and small plants can live side-by-side in beautiful harmony. 

Perfect if: you like to change your décor regularly.

Think about: mixing up the sizes and nature of the pieces to keep it multidimensional.

Before you begin take a walk around your space and figure out where you want to anchor your arrangement, and what frames you want to display. We suggest above a table, living room couch, bed, or desk. Once you have a general idea of what you're looking for it's time to shop!

Select your ledge. There are so many wonderful options out there to create a picture ledge gallery wall. We got ours from Pottery Barn, but you can check out all the usual home decor suspects to find the one you like best. 

Install your ledge. This is probably the hardest part of the process (because measuring), but we promise it's easier than you think. If you're installing a single ledge we suggest the following for each space.

  • Couch or Bed: Aim for about 45 - 60 centimetres above the top of the couch. You'll want to leave enough clearance to account for headroom.
  • Desk: Consider any tall things that will sit on the surface of your desk—monitor(s), computer stands, etc. Install a few inches above the tallest point.
  • Table: Install your ledge so that the centre point of your largest frame will hit at your eye level.

Style your ledge. This is the fun part. Start by placing your frames and build out from there. We love adding to our favourite succulents, trinkets, and books.



5. The Classic

A grouping of 5 to 10 framed pieces organically placed in a grouping

First and foremost—don’t stress! Remember when hanging a gallery wall that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Small variations can foster a natural, relaxed vibe. But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a gallery that feels like an extension of your personality and style.


Perfect if: you want to start fresh and know exactly the space you're looking to fill.

Think about: pieces in different sizes, dimensions, and styles to give the gallery wall a collected feel.



The nice thing about all of these arrangements? They can grow and change over time. In a grid or column gallery wall, that means adding a new row or piece respectively. In a salon-style or classic gallery wall, you can add pieces as you find them. We love an eclectic mixed-media gallery wall. Each wall reflects the unique stories of the person who collected the pieces.


Looking for curated, beautiful styles that are a breeze to hang? Check out our new line of gallery wall here.