Design Diary: Gallery Wall Display


I’ve walked into many homes where framed photographs are displayed randomly throughout the home on a table or on the walls. Usually, the photographs are in mismatched frames or completely out of scale with the size of the wall they are hung on. On the flip side, and possibly even worse, could be the fact that precious memories of family moments or vacation trips are hidden in an album for fear of hanging anything on the wall. I’ve seen this happen, too, where homeowners are afraid to open a hole in the wrong place, so they simply don’t hang anything up. They prefer to leave their walls completely blank. That’s why they invented spackle, my friends! Don’t let that hold you back.

Well, for those looking to conquer their fear and/or wish to learn how to display their frames in a better manner, the solution is to create a gallery wall in your home. The idea is to concentrate all the images on one wall and make it a focal point by using floating shelves. There’s no rule that says all the frame colors need to match, but I do recommend matted frames for a more professional look. Go ahead and mix different sizes together, but the best part is that by displaying your frames on a shelf, you don’t have to worry about hanging them! You can simply lean them up against the wall and overlap a few for a contemporary setting.

Design Note: A great tip is to place a rubber bumper on the bottom of the frames to prevent them from sliding.

It’s that simple! Now you have created a rotating gallery of photographs where you can change images and add to the collection whenever you wish. I also like integrating other keepsakes to create a visual story and make the entire display more three-dimensional. Try printing your images in black & white, sepia or playing with special effects on your computer to turn your photographs into works of art!