We love gallery walls because they are so individual, modern and a focal
point for the entire room. A gallery wall lets you freshen up your space to tell your story or express yourself through color and texture and your favorite moments.
It’s whatever you want to say to the world or a message that you want to have communicated to you every time you walk into a room.
Here’s how to make a gallery wall out of your framed photos, canvas prints, or photo tiles from Shutterfly. If you are thinking of placing an order, don’t forget to stack a free shipping code!
How to Make a Photo Gallery Wall
Click above to get started with Shutterfly’s free Design-A-Wall feature.
With a little planning and some tips and tricks, it is easy to make a picture-perfect display. This video from Shutterfly shows you how to make a gallery wall from your photos that you’ll love.
Start With the Photos On Your Phone
If you’re looking for inspiration, why not check out your phone?
I mean, the photos on your phone are a pretty true expression of who you are and what you like, right? Whether that’s photos of scenery, pictures of food, your dog, or you having fun with your friends.
Tip: Be sure to use high-resolution photos, and not the ones you’ve already posted on Instagram! If Instagram is all you have, we have a little trick to get a bigger version of the photo!
Your photos don’t have to be from the same day or the same trip or the same meal. You’re building your story however you want. And remember, you can also incorporate other elements into your photo wall. You can skip the frames altogether for one look or go the opposite direction, keeping them fully cohesive for another.
What about a single color or a color scheme that matches the vibe of the room? Think about the furniture in the room and how that’s going to work with the artwork on your photo wall.
Photo Wall Design: Experiment!
This is really your chance to get creative with designing your photo wall.
Remember, you are building your story however you want it. One of the things you will quickly realize when you put together your photo gallery wall is how much fun you can have mixing and matching the different materials to bring some texture into your room.
Shutterfly offers six different materials for printing photos for your wall such as canvas, wood, and metal. Think about this: try pairing the photograph with the right materials.
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Try Pairing Photos w/ Different Frames or Canvas
Not every photo is going to work with the same frame. So if you have something scenic and outdoorsy, something organic; use wood. If it’s bold and graphic with lots of colors; maybe try metal.
Think about your frame options enhancing your artwork as well. With a big, bold gallery wall, spacing is key. And have fun. Adding different elements create an eclectic style.
Shutterfly has 45 different arrangements for your photos through Design-A-Wall. So you are sure to find the gallery wall template that’s perfect for you. One thing to keep in mind, you don’t have to do the whole gallery wall at once.
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Start At the Center and Build Out Over Time
Here’s what you do. Just start from the center of your wall and you can build out over time. Tie your walls together with things like the color palette or photography; whether it’s all bold colors or all black and white. Or the typography or the theme: beaches or blue hues or anything else you can dream up.
You’ll want to integrate the text sparingly for impact as opposed to having it on every photo. You know, one or two pieces with big, bold words can really make a statement. If you need some ideas, check out the Shutterfly art library. You’ll find inspired elements that can complement your story.
Shutterfly Wonder Wall w/ Photo Tiles
You aren’t limited to framed photos and canvases to design and hang your photo gallery wall. These Shutterfly stick-on metal photo tiles and a level are all you need to make an amazing wall gallery:
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Shutterfly Gallery Wall: How To Hang Your Photos
Now comes what some might call the hardest part; hanging your gallery wall.
Don’t worry, Shutterfly makes this easy. Each of their Design-A-Walls comes with a simple hanging template. When you’re ready to hang your art, just tack it on the wall to show where your art will hang and everything is mapped out on it.
Be sure to use the level that’s included in your kit, grab your drill, and start hanging. Let’s make this space yours!
I hope we have inspired you to start thinking about designing your photo gallery wall. As you’ve seen, your options are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your photos and make a unique space that brings your story home.
And most of all, have fun. It’s your story after all!