The photo gallery wall–step by step DIY

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Hello beautiful people.

Ahh..the photo brag wall…

For some, it is an easy knock out….some frames and nails and out pops a well put-together collage of family memories.

But for others it can be an overwhelming task that they dare not try.

SO…here are some easy DIY tips that may help some of you that fall in to the second category.

1.  Don’t be afraid

This is your house, your wall, and there is NO RIGHT OR WRONG to this.

2. Largest picture first

Pick a point on the wall that you wish to be the focal point of your photo frame collage.  Then select your largest picture and hang that one in that spot.

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3.  Closer the spacing the better

Working from the largest picture out begin hanging your photos on either side.  Space them close to each other….this will promote the feeling of a “one-piece” collage, rather than just a bunch of pictures on a wall.

4.  Go high and don’t forget to go low

Give your photo wall collage height, but don’t forget to hang pictures low as well.

5.  Interchange horizontal with vertical in frame direction

Mix your direction of the frames to give your collage interest as well as movement.

6.  Mix species of frame material

I have had an all black frame photo wall.  I changed it because it lacked interest and variety.  Mix gold frames, ornate frames, light and dark wood frames…it will bring out the different colors of your room and add an artistic element to your collage.  If you desire some consistent theme…choose all black and white photos or all color photos if you’d like.

7.  Use nail/hammer alternatives

If you feel like you are just going to make too many holes in the wall doing this project, you may want to consider alternatives to nails such as Command strips.  They have a ton of products that can uphold the weight of any picture and are gentle on your walls.

8.  Enjoy your wall!

Leave room for more pics (as shown here) if you think necessary or call it complete and change out the photo in the existing photo frames…totally up to you.  Post script….this wall has one more step…it is recommended that the wall vent be the same color  as the wall…I have some painting to do!

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Happy hanging!

dcb