Today I am sharing 5 easy tips for framing your photos. I want you to feel like even if you don’t have fancy frames provided by your photographer—hey, even I have Target frames in my home—you can create a gallery wall that you are proud of. Even if you only have small frames I’ll help you display them in a way that not only enhances them but makes them stand out!
Creating the perfect gallery wall comes down to one major design principle: balance. Here are the steps I recommend as you think about the look you want.
Consider your style
Do you want your gallery wall to feature wedding images only? Do you want to mix images from your wedding with other favorite images, or images of your family? Do you want to include images of your favorite places, or do you have any other art pieces or prints that you want to include? Do you want a mix of colors, or do you want it to be black and white? These are the questions you should be thinking about as you start choosing images.
Pick your featured art
Center your gallery wall with one big piece or two staggered medium pieces. This will be your center point, and you’ll work all other pieces out from here. For example, on my travel gallery wall I have one large wooden map of the world in the center. All of my photos surround this one major (and largest) piece of art.
The human mind craves order over randomness, and the best way to create order and balance in your design is to create a line for your eye to follow. You don’t have to have everything perfectly aligned. In fact, random hanging is referred to as salon style (started by the French) but try to line up your frames in a way that creates a natural flow for your eyes to follow. One corner or top or bottom needs to be aligned. Create horizontal and/or vertical lines by lining up at least a few of the frames in your design.
I like to balance my wall designs by creating symmetry and repetition. Try inverting your design from one side to the other, or simply add pieces of similar sizes to each side of the design as you work out from your center point.
Fill the wall
The biggest mistake I see people making with wall art is going too small — you want your art to fill the wall so it doesn’t feel like one lonely frame is trying to fill a huge space. Consider how your art will feel in the room as a whole, and how it will balance out with other objects that take up visual space on the walls like curtains, furniture, lamps, and plants.
I hope this helps you as you think about how you are framing your photos. There are several options, but these easy steps help you to consider the whole picture.