How to Arrange a Photo Wall

photo wall living room

Photo by threeyobs

Don't you just love this photo wall arranged by CafeMom threeyobs? "If you look carefully," says threeyobs, "the frames are positioned to say 'LOVE'."

That is so fun!

Planning and committing to arranging a photo wall is a big project. CafeMom threeyobs says, "I've had that wall planned in my head for about two years. I'm so happy that is finally real!"

Shutter Sisters founder and photographer Tracey Clark recently admitted, "My family and I moved into our house over six years ago, and it wasn't until last week that we hung a photo gallery on our family room wall. Six years."

Wow, I'm not feeling so bad about my inability to commit to doing my next photo/art wall. In ten years, I have completed one art wall and one family photo gallery (which I now want to redo). But lately, I've been deeply debating doing a super-simple interchangeable photo wall with cheap IKEA Clips frames or something more spectacular, inspired by artist Lisa Congdon (click to see her art walls) and photographer friend Rachel Saldaña's kitchen wall.

If and when you are do commit to arranging a photo or art wall, follow these simple rules:

  • Group photos with photos and art with art (but remember, photos can also be art)
  • Photos tend to work well in themed groupings — family photos, nature photos, etc.
  • For a single grouping, pick frames that complement one another: stick to one or two frame colors, materials, and styles.
  • Lay out your framed pieces on flat a surface the size of your wall (I often use my bed) and play with their arrangement until it feels right (some more hardcore DIYers even cut out paper templates of each frame and order and reorder them on the wall until they are content with an arrangement; this is too much work for me). 
  • Remember, there is no one way to arrange your photos/art. Some people prefer clean, straight edges and a symmetrical balance to their arrangements; others prefer more of an organic, natural organization. Both can be nice.

Ready now? If it's been six or even two years that you've been thinking about committing to a photo wall project, maybe now's the time to make it happen.

Do you have a photo or art wall in your home? Tell us about it.

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TKsMo... TKsMommie

I just wish we had the extra money for frames, I would have a photo wall in every room, LOL!  Right now we just have a few up, which makes me sad!

Peajewel Peajewel

No, I don't have a photo wall at home but I want one and have been planning one in my head ever since you guys did the post on here about the bed made out of skids.  I have a few put together but it is not enough to make my wall yet.  I do love this one made by threeyobs, she did an awesome job!

Cafe... Cafe Sheri

@TKsMommie don't rule out thrift stores for frames. i just found some really cute wood frames (holding bad 70s artwork) in adorable shapes at my local thrift store, and they were like 50 cents and 1 dollar each. i'm considering collecting several more and then picking a few cute spray paint colors and sprucing them up a little.

Momfo... Momforhealth

I would love a photo wall but I keep buying frames that do not match.

three... threeyobs

Hi this is my photo wall.  I bought all of these frames at fleamarkets.  None of them matched so I bought a can of black spray paint and sprayed them all.

Midni... Midnite00

No way that is so "aging yourself" type thing to do. Sorry I just have the think that is what my ex MIL house and my grandmothers house looked like........

momof... momofthree928

I love photo walls.  We have a big display of family photos in our hallway.  I put everything in black wood frames so they are thematically similar and then carefully lined up the tops of the frames (as best I could).  It turned out very nice.

GaRag... GaRagdoll

Hi I love your photo wall, I have several myself.  I personally like different colored frames, just seems to add character. I also noticed that your eyes seem to immediately go to the large oval frame on the right. I probably would have made that the focal center for the project. Then branch the larger squares to the sides, and then fill in randomly with the smaller ones. Everyone has a different eye.. :)

Thanks enjoy this site..


maine... mainemusicmaker

I do have a photo wall (every military picture of every family member to join the military going back to WWI)'s just not as creative as this, although I now have a lot of new ideas for my photo wall BECAUSE of this :D

frysh... fryshannon34

I wish I had wall space big enough to dedicate to a photo wall!We may be moving soon so I might get my wish and I will for sure use this post for advice.

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