How to: Hang a group of pictures -
Published Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 10:34 am
How to: Hang a group of pictures

Some of the simplest touches in your home often can be the hardest to tackle. A perfectly constructed wall of artwork and personal photos can give new life to a boring and blank wall. But how do you start?

1. First, acquire some frames. You can grab some pretty ones at your local thrift store if you're OK with them not matching perfectly. You can use spray paint or acrylic paint to make the frames the same colors, but chances are you probably won't score a lot of frames with the same pattern or shape. If you're looking for a more homogenous display, you'll want to buy some new frames so you can be sure that they are all the same size and shape.

2. If you want to create a neat and ordered display with frames of the same size, you'll need to make sure everything is measured precisely. Using a pencil, mark the wall where you will hang the center picture. The mark will indicate where the top middle of the portrait will be. Ideally, this will be at about eye level. It will help you to use that as the basis for the rest of the wall.

Using a measuring tape, mark the remainder of the wall up with enough space for each frame, placing a couple of inches between each. According to, it's best to keep frames two to three inches apart.

3. If you want to go with more of a “collage” aesthetic, Lauren Conrad recommends putting the frames out on the floor first and then cutting out the shapes in butcher paper and arranging them on the wall. This will give you a better idea of whether the shapes will look good together when they're up. If you leave the paper up and hang the frames over them, it will make hanging much easier.

4. If you're putting up portraits, recommends hanging them so that all eyes are facing inward. The site also recommends hanging scenic shots at the top of your photo display.

5. If you're hanging a mix of portraits and artwork, you can approach it a number of ways. Having a variety of different shapes and sizes of frames can make it easier to lay out the wall. It will also help to make a larger item the focal point of your wall. Shelterness has a list of 50 ways people have decorated their walls that may be helpful when you plan.

6. If you can't afford art or don't have a ton of photos, frame whatever pretty things you can find. BuzzFeed recommends framing wallpaper, fabric, paint swatches, just about anything that fits in with the aesthetic of your home.

7. Those of you who live in apartments probably don't want to hammer tons of holes into the wall. Fortunately, there are other ways to affix frames to the wall. Apartment Therapy recommends 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips. These should work well but you won't want to hang particularly heavy items using these hooks.

Sources:,, BuzzFeed, Better Homes and Gardens and Apartment Therapy.

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