Picture Frame Gallery Wall Ideas For Beginners

Picture Frame Gallery Photo Wall Ideas for Beginners

A gallery photo wall adds personality, colour and style into a wall that will otherwise be a plain space. Picture wall collages are becoming more popular to display travel pictures, family pictures, nature pictures, or even inspirational quotes. But, knowing exactly how to arrange the frames to create a visually appealing collage can be difficult. 

What is a Gallery Photo Wall?

A gallery photo wall is more than just a collection of pictures on display. It's an opportunity to curate a visual story that reflects your personality and interests. This trend has gained popularity as a means of transforming blank walls into dynamic, engaging spaces. By carefully selecting and arranging photos, artwork, and other mementos, you can create a truly unique focal point in any room.

The beauty of a gallery photo wall lies in its versatility. Whether you opt for a symmetrical arrangement or an eclectic mix of frames and sizes, the end result is sure to make a statement. Ultimately, a well-executed gallery photo wall has the power to captivate viewers with its storytelling potential while adding an element of personal touch to any space.

A gallery photo wall can also be described and referred to in many different ways. For example, it could be called a Photo Wall Gallery, a Gallery Display Wall, or even a Photo Gallery of Frames. This concept could also be referred to as a "Salon Style Hang" or a "Salon Hang", but these are all the same concept, which is a curated collection of framed photos and artworks on a wall, that mat reflect a particular style or theme. 

Below, we will show you some simple and popular ways to arrange frames on a wall for an eye-catching display. 

First Steps to Creating Your Gallery Photo Wall

The first and most important step when creating a gallery wall photo frame display is planning your layout and arrangement before hanging frames.

Most people might start with Google for finding some inspiration and ideas.

We've also created our own infographic to help get you started with some photo wall and salon hang inspiration: 

Salon Style Hang Display Ideas Infographic

Pinterest can also be another great way to start finding inspiration. We have created a Frame Wall Display Board in our Pinterest account to give you some ideas. Alternatively, keep scrolling for simple ways to arrange frames and create a great photo wall collage. 

Initial Tips for Designing Your Photo Wall Gallery Display

Before we start with some arrangement ideas, a few things you should consider are colour harmony, artwork size and separation between each frame.

  • We recommend choosing photos or artwork images of the same colour palette of your home or space.
  • Measure the empty space on the wall and find frames that take up between 60% to 70% of the available space.
  • Finally, consider leaving around 5cm gap between each picture frame. 

Ideas for Picture Frame Gallery Walls

1. The Rule of Three

Interestingly, a trio of framed artworks can look more striking and natural than a pair of framed pieces. When only using two or three picture frames, try to use the same style, colour and tone of picture frame. Larger sized photo frames can be ideal for this. However they don't have to be the same size. Just try to keep the arrangement of the three picture frames in your gallery wall collage display symmetrical for more beautiful and aesthetic results.

For example, the image below features three of our Coastal & Beach Decorator Art Prints in a Decorator Natural Oak Poster Frame.

Coastal & Beach Decorator Art Prints

2. A Neat Grid

For this type of picture wall look, we recommend keeping the same size of picture frames and arranging them symmetrically and close together to create a bigger geometrical shape such as square or rectangle. The goal is that all the framed pieces in the picture wall collage can read as one large piece of artwork.

The example below features our Decorator Deluxe White Photo Frame. By adding one more row of picture frames, you will create a square shape made of nine square frames, as per our Deluxe Gallery Photo Wall Frame Set G

Gallery Wall Frame Set

3. Synchronised Bottom Line

For this type of photo wall arrangement, create interest by aligning all photo frames along the bottom and building an alternative layout from there. Even though the overall photo wall collage may not be symmetrical, the layout will still have balance.

This framed example below uses a mixture of six frames from our Elegant Deluxe Black Collection and our Collage Frames Collection. These are solid wooden picture frames, made in Australia using the finest quality of eco-sustainable materials.

Gallery Wall Frame Set

4. An Asymmetrical Layout

Use a clustered collection of different photo frames in a variety of sizes for this type of wall collage display. When arranging them, avoid pairing identical sizes together. Try keep larger frames in the middle and smaller frames at the edges. You can also use different tones and colours of photo frames. For example, you can even mix natural timber frames with metal photo frames and still maintain an aesthetically pleasing look. 

This framed example below uses our Asymmetrical Gallery Photo Wall Frame Set which contains ten frames from the Elegant Deluxe Stone Ash Collection. These are solid wooden picture frames, made in Australia using the finest quality of eco-sustainable materials.

Gallery Wall Frame Set

5. Special Theme

A simple way to add personality into the space if by showcasing a memorable moment. In this case, you will select a theme, such as a wedding or a family holiday and frame pictures of the selected event. The goal is to provide an instant understanding of what the space is about, therefore, try to avoid adding pictures from other life events.

For example, the image below shows a range of wedding photos and uses only two frame sizes from the Elegant Deluxe Polar Birch Collection. The frames are repeated in an eye-catching pattern creating a balanced Gallery Photo Wall.

Special Occasion Gallery Display Frame Set

6. Staircase Gallery

Although staircase gallery can be more intimidating to hang, with this simple easy tip you will be able to easily build your staircase gallery. When arranging pictures into your stairway, image a line on the wall that is parallel to the angle of the stairs. Arrange your frames so that the corners are touching the line. That way you will have an invisible line that runs through the center of your staircase gallery.

The image below features a simple staircase gallery made of 6 frames from the Elegant Deluxe White Collection

Staircase gallery

7. Centred Symmetrical Layout

To achieve this layout, we recommend placing a larger photo frame at the center and other smaller frames around it in a symmetrical order. The goal is that the sides of the center piece mirror each other. That way you will create a gallery wall that is balanced and that has a focal point.

For example, the image below has two larger frames in the middle and three smaller frames on both sides creating a centred symmetrical layout. The gallery wall featured at the image below has 8 frames from the Elegant Deluxe Stone Ash Collection

Gallery wall frame set

8. Windmill Gallery

The easiest and simplest way to create a windmill gallery wall is by using four rectangle photo frames. Place them in a way that all corners point to each other and interval their orientation between landscape and portrait. Take the image below as an example which features the Elegant Deluxe White Photo Frames.

Gallery Wall Frame Sets

How to Hang Your Gallery Photo Wall Display

Decorating your home with a gallery photo wall is an excellent way to add some personality and style to your living space. It's a perfect opportunity to showcase your personal photos, artwork, and other decorative pieces that you cherish. 

So inevitably, you will want to understand the best way to hang your photo wall display. To help, we've created a helpful blog that will guide you through the process of hanging a gallery photo wall step-by-step: 

Choosing Australia's Best Photo Frames Online with Profile

Explore our complete range pre-made Gallery Wall Frame Sets from Profile Australia. Each Photo Wall Frame Set come boxed with everything you need to create your own a beautiful wall of memories. We have Photo Wall sets with pre-designed layouts, including Symmetrically Balanced 8 Frames Sets, Small, Affordable Mini Frame Sets, Large Featured 10 Frame Sets, and even Instagram Inspired Square Frame Sets.

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These sets are all proudly Australian made and come in a variety of colour options including white, black, stone ash, polar ash and brown chestnut timbers. 

We also offer a complete range of Picture & Photo Frames so you can choose your own frames which you can mix and match to suit. Profile offers a full range of picture framing solutions in all types of shapes, styles and sizes. 

All of our timber picture frames proudly made in Australia with eco-sustainable timbers and a lifetime guarantee. 

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