Gallery Wall Picture Hanging Trick

I use this trick in my own home when I hang artwork and thought it would be helpful to share with you too! This example will show 4 pieces for our gallery wall but this easy trick can be useful if you’re hanging just one piece or 12+ pieces.

I helped my friend Julie, owner of Mira Couture, with artwork for her new boutique in Chicago last spring. (I’m finally catching up on blog drafts that I’ve been meaning to finish!).

For my readers in the Chicago area, you have to check out Mira Couture in the Gold Coast when things start opening again. They have the most beautiful custom clothing, cocktail dresses and bridal gowns. I’ll be sharing how we created a gorgeous jacket (with Chanel fabric) that works for just about any event – in any season. I can’t wait to wear it out again!

My Tips for hanging a gallery wall

1. First step, lay out the artwork on the floor (or table) to get an idea of the overall look

This doesn’t have to be exact. I usually do this on the floor first for larger gallery walls or on a table for smaller ones. If I’m working with an asymmetrical gallery wall, this can take a bit more time.

2. Next, trace your artwork on large paper.

Wrapping paper comes in handy depending on the size of your artwork. We had brown packing paper so I used that here.

3. Next, cut the paper out. Mark where the NAIL should go on the paper.

Don’t skip this step! Marking where you want the nail to go is the key. You’ll have to look at the back of your piece and measure accordingly.

The only time I skip this step is if the piece is lightweight enough to use command strips or if someone else is doing the nailing (ps. these are my favorite command strips for hanging art).

4. Tape the papers to the wall.

This is where you’ll want to spend some time adjusting.

I put the paper up in a general idea of where I want them to go, then measure the distance to make sure everything is aligned. In this case, we centered the artwork and made sure the same distance was between each piece.

5. Put your nail in and hang!

I use this putty on the back to keep the artwork in place too. Have you ever hung something and it tilts just a little? A little of this on the back will help keep it in place.

Julie created the artwork and I just love how it turned out on this wall! I hope you found this post helpful. Here’s a couple other favorite DIY tricks of mine:

Also, my Ombre picture wall was a favorite with more picture hanging tips!

Hope you are all staying safe and healthy,

Samantha Regan


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  1. 4.21.20
    Donna T Terry said:

    Thank you, Samantha. Your tips are very timely since I plan on hanging 3 pictures from Charleston, SC this afternoon.

    • 4.22.20

      Glad they are getting hung! Can’t wait to see 🙂

    • 4.22.20
      Anitra said:

      These are such great tips! You made so easy, I can’t wait to get started on my gallery wall!

  2. 4.22.20
    Jen said:

    This is a great trick and one I used myself when I hung our gallery above our couch! I felt like a genius! 🙂

  3. 4.22.20
    Anitra said:

    These are such great tips! This is genious. You made it look so easy.

  4. 4.23.20
    Roshini said:

    These are some great tips. Trying out the look with a paper is a great idea. Will do this next time

  5. 4.23.20

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing!