Last week marked the culmination of Photoville – a ten day outdoor photography festival held in Brooklyn Bridge Park, featuring the works of talented photographers set in recycled shipping containers.  The event not only brought together amazing art, but also informative talks and workshops that helped educate event goers.

Photos.com represented through an exhibition of all things New York, including quintessential New York images shot by iconic photographers. Inspired by the art, we took things one step further by showing you how to beautifully arrange it in your home through a gallery wall format.

Presented by Photos.com wall design expert, Joie Tamkin, the gallery wall workshop provided helpful tips on mixing, matching and thoughtfully arranging wall art into something cohesive and stylish.  We took those tips back with us and wanted to share them with you here:

Step 1: Think about the concept of your gallery wall and lay out your options

Think about your options and the main goal for building your gallery.  What’s the idea you want to convey?  Are you aiming for a sleek sophisticated look or rather something fun and playful? The choice is of course yours.  You can always find inspiration for great imagery on photos.com, including hand curated collections from our experts.  Here are some examples to spark your creativity.

  • Look for a theme – but don’t overthink it
  • Eliminate the misfits if any.  If a particular photo doesn’t fit the collection, don’t force it.
  • Pick your focal point, which is usually your center image

Step 2: Gather your materials

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  1. A level – you can get this in any craft supply store
  2. A standard ruler
  3. Butcher paper for laying out your artwork
  4. A hammer
  5. Hardware
  6. Painter’s tape for writing down your measurements

Step 3: Make space, measure and think about placement

Ensure that you have ample space for your gallery wall.  You will need to clear the room of coffee tables and anything that can be in the way. Keep the sofa or chairs if you will be hanging above or around them.

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Measure your space and know where the center of the wall is before you start.

Think about placement – Do you have a bed frame, a sofa or a chair? It’s best to start 8 inches above a couch. Be mindful to not hang too high – eye level is best. Keep in mind that eye level is typically 5’ 5” or 5’ 6”.

Step 4: Choose a layout, trace and space

Spend some time on choosing a layout. You want to lay out the images on the floor and move them around to see what layout speaks to you. Take pictures of this and play with it. If you can’t decide on a layout on your own, Pinterest is a great resource. The photos.com Pinterest page has a Gallery Wall board that has lots of examples.

Once the layout is settled, you want to trace your images on the paper. We recommend cut outs of each image to place on the wall. But you could also put the entire piece of paper on the wall as well.

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This is an example of the entire butcher paper on the wall with the hooks placed over the paper.

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Here are the cut outs that we recommend.  It’s easier to place each image over each cut out, as you can visually see how the wall will look before you put the holes in it.

Step 5: Hang your wall art

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  • Measure from wire up
  • Start with your focal point and then work to the outer images
  • Space art about 2-4 inches apart
  • Label your spaces
  • Double up on hooks to ensure symmetry

And there you have it – five easy steps for building a stylish gallery wall to spruce up your interior space.  We hope you find these useful and look forward to seeing your creations.  Drop us a photo or a note on social media to show us what you’ve created on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

For more wall art inspiration, visit photos.com for our curated galleries that span everything from cuddly animals to beautiful landscapes, iconic celebrities and more.