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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Step 1: Select your frames

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. Don’t be afraid to try different styles of frames together - from modern to shabby chic.

Step 2: Choose your arrangement

Arrange your photo frames on the floor to decide on your design. This will help you avoid mistakes before you start hammering into the wall.

Step 3: Pick your favourite photograph

Start your design by picking out your favourite photograph and arranging 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.

Step 4 : Attach the screw eyes

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.

Step 5: Attach the picture wire

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 hang is at eye level, which is around 60 inches from the floor to the centre of the photograph.

Step 7: Measure where to put the picture hooks

To hang the picture straight, the picture hook should be in the centre of your photo frame, so 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. 

Step 8. Hang your pictures

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 work.

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