How to Create the Right Gallery Wall for Your Space

It doesn't have to be difficult or overwhelming.

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Christian Harder

Designing a gallery wall is a classic way to bring personality and style into any room. No matter what your set-up, you can build an arrangement in virtually any space: bare walls, a blank corner—even above a window or door frame.

That being said, we're certainly not the first to admit that it can be hard to get inspired while staring at a blank surface. Before you start picking out frames, look around your room and ask yourself: What is this space really missing? Is it personal touches, pops of color, or fun and decorative accents?

From there, consider what aspects of your personality and interests can be displayed to fill the void. That might mean framing your own personal photography or artwork, or purchasing framed wall art that's inspired by your favorite places, colors, or design styles.

Need more inspo? Here are three of our favorite gallery wall styles, along with what you need to bring the entire space to life.

The Black & White Gallery Wall

This style is great for smaller spaces like reading nooks, guest bedrooms, and bathrooms, as the consistent color scheme helps keep small spaces feel calm and clutter-free with a simple design style.

Consider incorporating an anchor piece—something that's a little larger or ornate—to be the focal point of the arrangement, such as a mirror or unique frame. If you don’t have one large wall, this style also works great around windows, above doors, and even in corners because it's not too busy or loud.

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The Symmetrical Gallery Wall

A symmetrical arrangement is perfect for bringing personal photos into more formal spaces, like dining rooms and studies. Think thematically when designing this wall—maybe that means hanging photos from your favorite vacations, or candid shots of your family. Tip: You can elevate iPhone photos by printing them in black and white and using high-quality frames that offer a bit of color, like these in rose gold.

Afraid this simple layout will fall flat? Make this wall more of an accent by applying subtly patterned wallpaper before hanging your frames.

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The Mix-And-Match Gallery Wall

Bring warmth to more casual spaces like bedrooms or living rooms with a colorful mix-and-match gallery wall. Anything goes with this style, since you're not restricted to the same-size frames.

Interesting juxtapositions are what make this gallery wall even more of a conversation starter. Here, a chicken-wire window pane paired with an abstract piece of wall art brings a country vibe to an otherwise modern room.

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Ready to shop? Stock up on all of your frames (and frame hanging essentials) at The Home Depot before you embark on your own gallery wall project. Happy arranging!

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Christian Harder

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