I’ve always loved the look of a photo wall galleries. Wall galleries featuring tons of hung photos in a home just shows such much love in my opinion. Sometimes it’s not just photos, I love when different elements are mixed in as well!
We started at 50, but with the collection keeps on growing!
Photo Gallery Wall Ideas and Inspirations
Here are gallery wall inspiration and ideas – most of these feature photography.
We moved into this house 6 months ago. It’s slowly becoming home. Something I told my husband when we signed the papers was that this home, I wanted to fill with items that meant something. I am totally guilty of shopping Target clearance.
You know, buying items just to fill the space. While I still am on the hunt for a good buy – unless it represents me and the family, I’m going to pass.
Gallery Wall Layout
The gallery wall layout depends on your space. Will you have furniture? How much wall room will you have? Will you use just photos in frames, art pieces, shelves, books? Let’s look at different gallery wall layout ideas and inspirations.
I absolutely love the bold black word sign. The Be Brave pillow and gray throw tie the whole gallery wall look together.
Mirrors can give your gallery walls a pop. Let’s look at inspirations for using mirrors on walls.
Do you have old mirrors in storage? Grab your old mirrors, shop thrift and estate sales or ask family for leftover mirrors and make a wall gallery of mirrors.
Hallway Photo Walls
Here are various hall photo walls. Use these hallways as inspiration for when you decorate your halls with photos.
The dark gray color makes these photos pop. The uniform gallery wall frames can be purchased in bulk for cheap on Amazon.
This use of antique photos and frames is just lovely.
I love the way the photos fill this hall’s walls.
Office Gallery Walls
Decorating an office walls and want to add a punch of personality with photos or art? Here are office gallery walls to inspire you.
I love the use of black and white canvases as a feature wall in this study.
Create daily inspiration in your office by making a inspiration board on your wall – an inspiration wall!
Overwhelming or inspirational? I love the clutter look, personally! This office wall is filled with inspirations and used as an inspiration board but on a wall.
Kitchen Gallery Wall
Share photos of loved ones in your dining and kitchen area or create a collage wall featuring art. Here are kitchen gallery wall inspirations:
I love the mix-match use of photo styles to create an intimate and personal look for this dining space.
Using square frames, a kitchen wall can be transformed with photos.
Using the a hodge-podge of black frames, photos are styled in various ways to create a visual interest for the dining room and kitchen wall.
Using simple shelves (available on Amazon) – place your collection of photo frames across your wall. I love the mixed photo frame look. This is a great idea as a space for all of those random photos from years past.
Gallery Wall Staircase Ideas
Create a stairway gallery wall with photos of your loved ones. The staircase is often a focal point in your home, make it personal with pictures. Here are gallery wall staircase ideas for using photos and picture frames.
The blue wall gives the photos a pop.
While the look is more clutter – the simple white walls with black photo frames give this staircase gallery wall a pop.
Another use of blue on the stairway walls, but this home owner uses a simple white frame (available in bulk on Amazon) – with a white mat.
Bedroom Gallery Wall
Let’s head to the bedroom. Here are bedroom gallery wall inspirations.
I loved the paint color on this bedroom wall so much, I painted our half bath this blue!
Create a feature wall with your photos in your bedroom.
Create a colorful bedroom with a wall collage of photos mixed with art. Don’t forget to use a bold paint color on the walls!
This simple use of photos of a short headboard with high placed long curtains makes the walls look taller.
Wall Collage Ideas
These wall collage ideas bring me back to high school when we decorated the yearbook room walls with a photo collage of photos we had taken thru-out the year. I love the fun clutter that these wall collages offer, and most of all – I love that there is a story behind the decor.
That is a TON of photos!
This photo collage would be fun in a teen’s bedroom.
I love this use of a photo collage over a fireplace.
Accent a wall with a photo collage. This would be fun to do with Instagram photos.
This is another wall collage. Use Instax photos that you have taken of friends that visit your home.
The awesome selection of photos make this collage wall wow.
Using a collage of vintage photos, this wall can tell you all kinds of stories.
Frame out a photo collage for a more finished look for your wall collage.
Another great example of using instant photos to create a diy photo wall.
More Ways to Use Photos on Walls
Let’s look at more ways to use your photographs on your walls.
Create photo wallpaper! Yes, it’s wallpaper made out of your photo.
Hang wire from a colorful frame to hold your photos in an organized manner.
Another great use of shelving to hold misc photos.
I love this, but have no idea how to waterproof photos! This outdoor photo collection is fun and unexpected.
Living Room Photo Wall Ideas
Here are examples of photo walls in living rooms.
Using a bold color and white photo frames, this living room feature wall demands attention.
This random array of photos creates fun wall decor using photographs.
Here is a great use of mixed mediums to create a living room gallery wall.
Use large framed photos over the sofa.
Create a photo wall on a ledge, drawing the eye up. (source: thehouseofsmiths.com)
Using cork, this is a fun way to decorate a living room with photos.
Create a uniform look using consistent frames and a matching color pattern in the photos.
This fun mix of photo frames creates personality on any blank wall.
Pack a wall with photo frames featuring your favorite people of old and present.
More Photo Wall Ideas
Create a collage of your dog.
Use photos to create a number – this photo wall for a birthday party could be used for any age!
Using square photos, create a square collage.
Have a collection of your photos printed and then framed.
Using Photography as Decor
That’s why I love photography as decor.
Something that is a passion of mine, is photographing every day of our family. I am by no means a professional photographer. These days, as much as I love my Canon 70D – my iPhone 7 Plus (the camera is swoon-worthy!) snaps most of my photos.
They are candid, sometimes blurry, not a great resolution – but they are capturing REAL uncensored moments of my kids.
Creating a Gallery Wall
We have this long hallway that leads to the master bedroom from the kitchen and family room that I knew would be the perfect place for a photo wall. I’ve been gathering photos and trying to decide on a style and shape, but holy cow – can you say overload?
I started Googling and Pinteresting photo wall ideas and while I am totally inspired, I just am at a loss as to which way to go. All I know is that I want a gallery of photos of the people, places, and things that represent us, but where to start??
I’ve rounded up my photo wall inspirations. Hopefully, these will give you a few ideas as you put your wall gallery together.
Laying Out Your Photo Wall With Paper Templates
Check out this genius way that Love Your Room has created to help simplify the process of laying out your photo wall. She uses paper templates cut to the size of your photo frames.
This handy-dandy method will not only save your wall from numerous nail holes but also give your creative freedom to see your photo wall and play with various arrangements.