How to create a focal wall with pictures
Designing your own personalised picture gallery is an ‘on trend’ way to add character and interest to a room. Our step-by-step guide gives you handy tips on arranging and hanging your pictures to create a stylish focal wall.
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It’s a good idea to arrange your photo frames on the floor first to decide on your design. This will help you avoid mistakes before you start hammering into the wall.
To start your design, pick out your favourite photograph and arrange the layout around this. This photo doesn’t have to be exactly in the middle. Experiment by moving the photo frames around until you're happy that they complement each other. This is completely up to you - there is no right or wrong way, it's about what you believe works well.
Twisting by hand, attach the screw eyes to the back of the photo frame, around a quarter of the way from the top of the frame. You may find some photo frames already have these attached.
Tie the picture hanging wire from one screw eye hook to the other, leaving a little slack for it to attach to the hook. The perfect height for a picture to be hung should be at eye level, which is around 60 inches from the floor to the center of the photograph.
There should be a gap of around 5 - 8cm between each of the frames. Keep the distance roughly the same between each photo frame - this will help hold the design together.
To hang the picture straight, the picture hook should be in the centre of your photo frame, so make sure you measure this out correctly on the wall. Once measured, hammer the picture hook into the wall using a suitable nail or picture pin until secure.
Once the hook is firmly in the wall, attach your picture using the picture hanging wire. Use a spirit level to make sure your picture is sitting straight, then stand back and admire your creation.
- Pick out a selection of photo frames that complement each other. Try mixing different colours that work well in your room, or stick to classic black and white which will work anywhere.
- Try different style frames together, from modern frames to a more shabby chic style.
- Always use a spirit level to make sure your pictures are hung straight.
- If you are unsure on how your design will look on your wall, cut out pieces of paper the same sizes as your frames and arrange them on your wall using tack.
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