Learn how to hang a picture easily without frustration in just a few simple steps! These tips will help you hang frames and wall art that is level and secure.
I know many of us have wondered How To Hang a Picture the easy way at one time or another while trying to decorate our homes. Picture walls are one of those decorating tasks that create more anxiety hoping you don’t mess it up! I think you’re going to like the end result of my picture gallery wall. Just keep reading.
I tend to always want more than one thing on a wall…gathering a collection of items or photos. You can see how I’ve arranged my Sid Dicken’s Memory Blocks in my living room in my Easy Decorating Ideas post here. I’ve got 3 more to add to it.
How To Hang a Picture
Hanging pictures or art on the wall doesn’t have to be difficult! I have hung and rehung more wall art than I’d like to admit because I hate to use a ruler, but guess what? When you do, it’s perfect!
Luckily, I’m married to a perfectionist, so I usually enlist his help when I’m doing something more difficult, like a gallery wall, where items need to in perfect alignment. He picked up a tip from my sister on how to hang a picture that is much easier, which I’ll be sharing later in this post.
Planning a Picture Wall
When we had a mini-remodel in October, where we painted, had new hardwood floors installed, swapped out the lighting and updated the powder room. I really needed to update our gallery wall and knew it would be happening after a fresh coat of paint. The space I use has a couple of challenges because of the thermostat and the doorbell ring box. A gallery picture wall hides those perfectly!
I had created that picture wall below about 12 years ago with a combination of white frames I found at garage sales and black frames I picked up from the Dollar Store and then distressed them myself.
I’m sure I have a better photo, but for some reason, I could not find it for the life of me! This one below will have to do. While we’re looking back, here’s what my living room gallery wall used to look like.
Such a cleaner look now.
So much better. I know it looks like a shrine now for our son, but in my defense, we just had his senior photos taken.
Gallery Wall Tips
Off to IKEA where I found an assortment of gray frames in sizes 8 x 10, 5 x 7 and one large 12 x 12. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep my large letter “D”, but it ended up making the cut. I also kept the wood sign that the gals from Lolly Jane made me WAY back in 2008, as well as the mixed gray Andy Warhol painting from a place that is no longer in business. (I did find this place (affiliate link) that looks like you can get something similar.)
How to Create a Gallery Wall
- First I measured the space of my wall where I wanted my gallery.
- I measured a space out on the floor, using painters tape to mark the perimeters.
- Then it was time to play. I first placed my larger or featured items down first.
- After setting the spacing for my featured items, I laid out all the frames in different configurations, using some frames in landscape (horizontal) or profile (vertical) until I had what I was happy with.
- Leave them there, or take a photo so you can duplicate the look onto your wall.
- If you’re completely overwhelmed, try this app. It helps you organize a layout for your gallery.
How to Hang a Picture the EASY Way!
This picture-hanging tip will save your sanity. I’d say it’s pretty much a “curse-free” way on how to hang a picture.
Picture Hanging Supplies
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- Hold your frame where you want it. Using your pencil, mark a faint line on the upper top corners.
- Place painters tape across the back where the hanger is and measure to establish the center. Place a mark with your marker on the tape in the center. Also, measure how far the tape (where the hanger is) is from the top.
- Place the tape on the wall below the pencil mark, at whatever you had measured. If the hanger is one inch below the top of the frame, then place the tape one inch below the pencil marks.
- Hammer your nail right where the marker is marked.
Hang your frame.
Because this gallery picture wall is in a space of my home that gets a lot of traffic, the frames can become crooked easily. I have used a teeny bit of that blue mounting putty on the bottom corners on the back side. This keeps them even and in one place.
After getting all the frames hung, I still needed something small in the upper left area just to the right of the large frame. I wasn’t sure exactly, but I knew it would present itself if I shopped around my house.
Ahhh, that’s better. My round monogram “D” was perfect.
There are still small pockets if I decide to add to it, but for now, I’m happy with it.
Update: Since writing this post, I have found some really great picture-hanging tools.
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IKEA Ribba Gray Frames | Wall Paint Color is Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams | Rug: Gray and White Braided Runner | Monogram “D” Cardboard Letters | Lolly Jane Wood Signs | Swedish Grandfather Clock (I bought mine from Antique Farm House, but Amazon also has them) | Gray & White Gingham Pillows |