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How to Choose the Right Layout for Your Canvas Wall Gallery

Who doesn’t appreciate tasteful family photos framed artistically on the wall?

While you might be eager like the others to drop immediately into the trend, there’s going to be a great deal of work involved.

In creating your own canvas wall gallery, knowing how to choose the right layout for your canvas wall gallery is as important as choosing the photos to match your aesthetic tastes.

So, without further ado, let’s turn your empty wall space into a work of art.

Choosing the Right Layouts Based on Available Space

As much as many of us would like a wall art gallery that encompasses the majority of one wall to serve as the focal point of a room, we know that’s rarely possible — unless of course you own a considerably sized house that would allow for such a massive display.

Arranging your framed pieces and art on the wall tastefully is what sets the difference between a carefully planned out canvas and a bunch of art frames hung haphazardly next to each other. And plus, it’s all about working with the kind of space that your home has.

As a general rule of thumb, most people would choose a large photo to serve as the focal point over a piece of furniture that serves as the accent piece.

And in this article, we’ll break down the frame sizes for you and show you the different layouts that could be possible — no matter the window of space that you have in your chosen room. Of course, the final layout and the look depend entirely on you. Still, here are a couple of templates that would come in handy for reference.

Symmetrical Layouts

Picture1Let’s begin with the most common one, and perhaps the easiest to figure out without much of an example. Symmetry is key in both traditional design and even in the arrangement of your canvas wall gallery. And if this is going to be your choice, you need to be sure to align all of the canvas or frames.

Grid Layouts

Picture2A grid layout is reminiscent of an aesthetically pleasing Instagram profile. It offers the most consistent type of layout. Just make sure that all the frames are aligned and centered — which you can easily do with wraps that are of the same size.

Picture3Large Focal Point Layouts

The furniture doesn’t have to be an accent piece, you can have one large canvas print or picture frame as the focal point, accented by a bunch of smaller frames all around it.

Picture5Center the other same-sized prints around the largest frame in the group.

Picture4Asymmetrical Layouts

Picture6For urban modern interior design, an asymmetrical layout can be ideal. The frames’ tops need to be aligned with each other.

Picture7It’s what provides asymmetry, yet at the same time, provides a directional line that the eye can follow

Vertical Layouts

Picture9The vertical layout is ideal for narrow spaces — evidently. They are for skinny spaces. Think about the available wall space on either side of a window or a door.

Picture8You can hang them centered or you can align them to the right or to the left, depending on the space.

The Frame Sizes Matter

Figuring out the right photo size for your portraits can be astounding and slightly overwhelming sometimes. The size matters when it comes to having them hang from your wall.

Large walls will highly likely need a single piece of art that’s big enough to occupy the space or a collection of smaller frames to create a grid. And with these things in mind, what’s our point?

Balance is the key…

And the best part? You get to enjoy all your tastefully arranged pictures on a wall better than you can by staring at them through a computer screen.

All size templates from Signs.

 Bio: Joni Dulos is a contributing writer for Panel Wall Art & She enjoys scouring search engines for images of aesthetically pleasing architectural designs on top of this obsession for looking at pictures of houses. And when she’s not doing that, you’ll find her writing about anything and everything.



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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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