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How to Display Framed Prints Together

By Amy Wright | Mar 16, 2021

You’ve finally amassed a beautiful collection of photos and framed prints--but do you know how to display them together? If the answer is “no,” don’t worry. Here are a few tips and tricks to create a beautiful gallery wall that shows your unique style (and your excellent eye for art). Don’t be afraid to experiment with some of the layout options below to find the perfect display for your framed art.

A linear display

If your wall space is long and narrow, try lining your prints up in a line. Lay them out on the floor first and arrange them in various patterns to see what pops out. Is there a color pattern? A design theme? Linear displays are an excellent way to add balance and symmetry to a room. While this type of layout generally works best with wall art of the same size and shape, you can explore frames of varying shapes and sizes to give your space a quirkier feel.

Clustered prints

If you want your room to have a relaxed, casual feel, try clustering your gallery wall images in asymmetrical groups. This layout works well for frames of different sizes and shapes. You can mix and match vertical and horizontal layouts, patterns, and textures to create a display that reflects your taste. A word of caution: don’t overcrowd your wall space with too many prints. You want each photo to attract your visitors’ eye without getting lost in the crowd.

Framed print gallery cluster wall art

Follow the rule of three

If you are going for a more conventional, gallery feel with your space, try the tried-and-true “rule of three.” It refers to the idea that odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye and interesting to the observer. Stagger your gallery wall family photos in groups of three, or arrange your prints in mini “collections” across your wall to create a sleek, cohesive look.

Go with (or against) the flow

Is your wall tall and narrow? Try hanging your prints vertically to emphasize the space. If it’s long and low, hang your frames horizontally to flow effortlessly into the layout of your room. On the other side of the coin-- if you’re more of a non-traditionalist and want to create some visual interest in your space, try the opposite. When the eye can’t reconcile the conflicting position of two objects, like a vertical wall with a horizontal frame, the image naturally draws attention. Use the “opposites attract” layout for a piece you’re especially excited to show off.

A dynamic duo

While many designers and gallery owners believe that art should be displayed in odd numbers, there is something very satisfying and balanced about a well-paired set of symmetrical prints. Whether it’s a custom framed print of your family, your pet, or complementary prints from your favorite artist--choose two pieces that relate with each other to add immediate harmony to your space.

Two framed prints hung up together

Showcase your staircase

Your staircase is one of the most prime locations in your home to display photo prints. Stick to prints of similar shape and color to make the most of the space without overwhelming it. Hang frames at eye level or higher, and keep the groupings fairly symmetrical to add balance.

Make your own rules

The most important thing to remember when it comes to creating a gallery wall is that it’s your space. It only matters if you love it. Experiment with different layouts and prints until you find the one that truly reflects your personality and taste.

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