Since moving into our new place, A & I have made it our goal to tackle one big project each weekend. Our most recent? Filling the blank walls of our staircase with favorite photos of the people we love most. It looks simple, but we discovered there’s quite a bit of strategy required to make a display like this look just perfect. Thought I’d share our step-by-step secrets to the perfect gallery. Who knows? It just might inspire a little weekend project for one of you…

1. Cut squares of paper in the exact dimensions of the frames. (Our West Elm gallery frames did this step for us: each frame came with a piece of paper already cut to the perfect size.)

2. Using painter’s tape, secure the paper to the wall in a pattern that you like. We went with a pretty geometric arrangement, meaning that each frame lines up horizontally with a frame next to it, and then we moved upwards in a stair step pattern.

3. After all the frames were on the wall, I lived with it like this for a couple of days…and when I was sure that I loved it, I hung the frames in the order I had laid out.

4. A final note on lighting: when the house was under construction, we planned for this space to be a gallery wall and installed lighting accordingly. It’s really important to have light that’s cast onto the photos so that you don’t get funky shadows…if budget allows, this is definitely something worth installing.

And a few of my favorite photo moments on the wall…

Here I am with my big brother, reading our very favorite book…

Isn’t A cute? You can tell he already had a mischievous spirit.

Love this shot of my mom adjusting my dress right before I walked down the aisle.

Ah, Italy. This shot was taken in Rome on our honeymoon, right before we toured the colosseum. Looking at this makes me want to go back so bad!


So what do you think? Do any of you have other tips and tricks for hanging artwork?

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    Megan | July 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

    OMG that pic with your brother is ADORABLE!

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    Maya | July 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I have to agree, that picture with your brother steals the show! It was taken at such a perfect angle and your hair looks darling!!!

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    Caitlin @ Sacramento Street | July 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Love these photos – especially you and your brother reading + his goofy face! Can’t wait to hear what you tackle this weekend.

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    Amy | July 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this! I have frames and photos ready to go for a gallery wall in our kitchen but have yet to have the courage to put it all up. These tips are great.

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    Lindsay | July 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Looks awesome! Those projects are always so hard. We had pictures in frames on our floor for about three years. Haha! Just hung them over the winter.

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    JWK | July 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Love it!!

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    Kacie | July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I love this and will be using it pronto!

    A Collection of Passions

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    Nycia Emerson | July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    How did I miss this post! I love it! I actually have a wall of photos in my livingroom; My favorite thing in my home…

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    Stacey S | May 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I love the way you did this. Is there anyway you would tell us the sizes you used? It is so hard to tell and I have a hard time putting things together. Thanks Camille! : )

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    Amanda | July 17, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Hi Camille! Would it be possible to identify the quanity and dimensions of your frames? I’ll be working on this project and have a staircase layout similar to yours. Thanks in advance.

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