DIY Framed Art Wall in 5 Steps...

1 - You may use various sizes of frames for this project, I prefer to stick with 2-3 different sizes. Mostly 5x7's , 8x10's & a few 11x14's. I prefer to mix & match, using white & gold. Feel free to do the same or use the same color. etc. To brighten things up, you can add a couple of bright colored frames as well. It all depends on the rest of the decor within your home. If you have some old frames lying around, but they aren't the colors you want for this project, then PAINT them! That's what I did with a few of these.

2 - Draw the layout on a piece of paper as well as whatever piece of furniture will be against that wall etc.. (In my case, I aligned the frames in my drawing with my dining table as my guide).


3 - Layout the frames on the floor or table top to get an idea of where you'll place the frames & how it will appear.

4 - Now for placement of the frames on the wall, begin with the top center & work your way out.

5 - Every so often, measure the distance between each frame. Try not to go too far down or your frames may end up behind your sofa, dining table etc. (in my case, my dining table) Do you notice how my art doesn't go lower then the height of my table top? Make sure it's all proportionate to the wall. If you aren't placing any items of furniture near that wall, then you may place the frames as low or high on the wall as you see fit.

Tip: Try to maintain continuity throughout the project.



*Above- my dining room table. For more pics of my home click here.
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25 comments

  1. wow thanks I want t do a wall like this in my apartment. This was very helpful. I was gonna do all black frames though.

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  2. Oooh, I like your chairs. (:

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  3. Just wanted to let you know I posted a blog myself because of yours. I even mentioned yours in my posting. It inspired me to finally do my wall of frames that I have been wanting to do for years. Thanks for the ideas again.

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  4. My Mum had a designer in this week. She wants to do a photo wall.

    The designer said that for it to work the frames had to be lined straight at the top and on one side.

    We didn't agree. What do you think?

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  5. oh i really like your home jen!

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  6. wow i needed these tips! i tried doing something like this above my bed (as a makeshift headboard) and it came out awful...i couldn't even look at it. maybe it's time for attempt no. 2.

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  7. Gorgeous! I love this idea... I actually did something a bit similar (although on a smaller scale) with pictures of our new baby on the nursery wall. Are all of those prints yours??

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  8. really coming along! i love the wall!

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  9. I love this...I think I will try it to host my girls artwork!
    I'm having as Special Giveaway at my blog if you'd like to enter...go to the April 1st post(no...it's not a joke!)
    Char.

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  10. *GREAT* I love this idea and I have the perfect-perfect wall to do something like that!

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  11. HI JOY:
    Thanks! No, not all of the art is from my collection. Only 3 of them are my work. : )

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  12. WELCOME TO MY WORLD:
    I'll go check it out...and thanks I'm flattered. : )))

    VALERIE:
    Yikes! Well I say try it again....see how it works this time around. Hope this helps! : )

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  13. ohhh love this! It looks amazing - well done!

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  14. we are going to start an art wall in our home soon and i can't wait! thanks for the tips.

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  15. CHANTELLE:
    I sort of disagree with her. It seems she may be aiming for a slightly different look than I did. The key is to make sure it is pleasing to the eye in some way.

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  16. I've been loving your framed wall ever since you started it! It should be called the "framed wall of awesomeness".. It really is!

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  17. I love it Jen!!! You always teach us how to make lovely, lovely things!!

    Thanks!!

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  18. I love the frames! What a fantastic idea! btw I still can't get over your beautiful coffee table, do you still make them?

    -s

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  19. Oh this is fabulous Jennifer! Thanks for sharing the steps, I'll be linking.

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  20. I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. "live what you love" is one of my fave prints :)

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  22. looks wonderful. I love the cohesiveness of the frames and that they all line up on the bottom...the fact that they are not all in row is so casual and lovely.

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  23. i love this. i've been collecting frames for a while. my easter project is to paint them and get them on the wall, and buy some art for them! thanks for the info.

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  24. I love it! Posting about art walls and linking back to you! Thanks so much.
    Check it out here... www.carrieleewendt.blogspot.com
    xo
    Carrie

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