Build unity across your wall decorations by choosing photos within the same theme—such as summertime, travel or family memories. To pick a theme, consider the general vibe you want for the room. Will it be a family gathering spot, a serene space or one with an edgy feel? From there, choose your favorite photos and create a spread that emits the energy you’re going for.
Make your wall decor seem like it was put together by an interior designer. First, utilize different photo sizes and shapes to create symmetry and balance. Second, arrange your photos using a horizontal centerline as your foundation. In other words, build an open straight line of empty wall space across the center of your design. Place your artwork evenly above and below the line. You’ll end up with a proportional layout that’s sure to shout “professional!”
Like an itinerary for a trip or an outline for an essay, planning your photo arrangement ensures your wall decor will be precise. For an easy method, cut pieces of paper in the same shapes and sizes as your artwork. Use a measuring tape to define your layout and secure your “mock photos” (the pieces of paper) with painter’s tape. Adjust the mock photos until they’re in the exact place you want. Draw light markings on the wall with a pencil, designating where you’ll hang the photos.
Easy to use and available in a wide range of colors, Washi tape is a simple tool for bringing extra flavor to your walls. Design a diagonal, vertical or horizontal pattern to create stripes, squares or zig zags. Once you have this backdrop just how you want it, hang your photos and wall art. Washi tape can be used in kitchen spaces, living rooms or for bedroom wall decor.
Where exactly on the wall should you place your art? Well, designers often suggest photos and other artwork to be at eye level, allowing for easy viewing. This also ensures photos are not too high or too low on the wall. Above all, though, your photos should look appropriate in relation to the whole room. You may need to consider the height of your furniture (if you have large pieces) or the height of the ceiling (if it’s especially low or tall).
Have a particularly vivid or special photograph? Use it as a focal point in your wall gallery. A focal point catches the viewer’s eye and draws attention to the wall. From there, the eye wanders to the surrounding pieces, allowing each one to be noticed and appreciated.
If you’re unsure which photo to choose as a focal point, place several next to each other and pay attention to which one you are naturally drawn to look at first.
Imagine living room wall decor that didn’t match the style and vibe of the rest of the room. It would feel a bit “off” and the beauty of the artwork wouldn’t be realized. To avoid this, choose photos and frames that align with the overall style and colors of your existing room.
Things to consider are your wall color, furniture, rugs and lighting. This doesn’t mean everything should match piece for piece, but that the colors and styles correlate.
The human eye is naturally attracted to visual diversity. A healthy mix of photo sizes and shapes draws the eye in and boosts your wall decor from average to stunning. Alternate between square and rectangle photos, for example, or mix in circular pieces. Arrange some photos vertically and others horizontally to build contrast.
One of the easiest yet effective ways to decorate a wall is by creating a wall gallery. When executed successfully, it becomes the focal point of the room and adds a whole lot of life and energy to the space. Choose your favorite photos and arrange them in a way that is both organized yet creative. If you’re needing a boost of inspiration, check out our gallery wall ideas.
Avoid awkward open spaces on your wall by maximizing coverage of its width and height. If your wall is especially wide, create a large photo arrangement that stretches from side to side. If you have a tall wall, consider stretching your photos further up. Though there’s no need to cover each and every space, utilizing the breadth of your wall fosters a cozy, home-like feel. If you have a specific gallery wall style in mind, read our “How to make a gallery wall” article.
Are you ready to fill your blank wall in style? Use the tips from our guide to create wall decor that matches your personality and offers fresh energy to the room. For an arrangement that matches your vision and brings life to your home, create a layout with our design-a-wall tool.