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How to Choose Photos for Your Gallery Wall



Our new line of gallery walls is so easy

that all you have to do is pick your photos.



But as anyone with a full camera roll will tell you, organizing photos and choosing your favorites can feel daunting. To help you select photos you really love, here are some expert tips from our resident photographer, Veronica Sequeira, on which types of photos work best with each of our gallery wall arrangements.



Here's how to choose the perfect photos

to place in your gallery wall. 



Veronica in her element. 



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The Stack



The Stack is perfect for small spaces, little nooks and corners that could use some edge. Because the photo and frame size varies, we recommend opting for a variety of photo types while keeping a complementary color palette / theme. For example, mix landscapes, selfies, and architectural shots from the same vacation for visually compelling gallery wall. 

Photos courtesy of Samson Binutu, @samsonbinutu



Black and Silver

What to Frame



  • Graphic, high contrast prints or photos. Really vibrant photos play well these because the frames are so monochromatic that it can hold up to those stronger colors.
  • Black and white photography. You can do a mix of black and white and some color as long as the colors complement each other. All black and white photography can also look super slick and sophisticated.





Gold

What to Frame



  • Photos with lots of green. Gold plays well with green tones. Try botanical or landscape images.
  • Family photos. The Stack could also be a small family gallery wall. It’s perfect for if you don’t have a lot of space but still want to show off photos of your family in one place.



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The Uneven Grid



This gallery wall is the perfect mix of eclectic pieces in a clean-lined arrangement. Place it  above a desk, bar, or narrow dresser for an instant statement piece. Because all of the mat openings are square, this gallery wall works especially well with Instagram photos.  



Photos courtesy of James Jackson, @thisisjamesj



Dark Woods

What to Frame



  • Mix black+white and color photography. You can have fun with the masculine one because the frames are more neutral. You can mix black and white and color photos and it will still look great.
  • Playful images. This wall is a mix of natural and industrial frame styles, which opens up the options of what photos you pair with them.
  • Nature shots. The wood frames lend themselves to all sorts of photos, but we especially love pairing them with nature photography.





Champagne Silver

What to Frame



  • Softer photos. This combination of frames lends itself well to wedding and engagement photos. Don’t be scared to mix in beloved Instagram photos of plants, landscapes, or pics from your travels.
  • Portraits. These frames (Newport and bowery) are especially flattering for skin tones, so consider framing portraits.



 Shop The Uneven Grid




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The Organic



If you don’t have a gallery wall in your home yet, The Organic should be your first one! This is the perfect “starter” arrangement—you can organically add to it over time with vintage finds or new pieces.



Photos courtesy of Tina Heileman, @tinaheileman



Scandinavian Modern

What to Frame



  • Wedding photos. This is an especially classy way to show off your wedding photos, especially if you mix in some from your honeymoon.
  • Travel photography. A simpler frame profile lends itself to color photography, but black and white always looks sophisticated. The mats are really fun on this gallery wall, so play around with different crop and levels of zoom with your  photos.



Photos courtesy of Amy Welsh, @lilyslovelies



Gold and Warm Silver

What to Frame



  • Family photos. Print photos of the kids, their grandparents, anyone who deserves a place of honor. You can easily add favorite photos over time as you make new memories as a family.  
  • Themed images. Since the frame styles are so varied, keep your color palette complementary, or work with a unified theme like wedding photos or travel photography.



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The Triptych



If you have a sophisticated, editorial style and are looking for a high-impact gallery wall, you can’t go wrong with The Triptych. At 76” wide, this look is perfect above a sofa, down a long hallway, or above a king bed. Also, there may only be 3 photos in The Triptych, but they're printed at a relatively large size of 11x14”, so double check that your photos are high res. (We'll also check each photo's quality when you upload it.) 



Photos courtesy of Tamon George, @tamon_



Clean Black

What to Frame



  • Travel photography. The Triptych is great for travel photos, and it looks especially sophisticated with black and white photography.
  • Professional photography. This is an artsy, high-class way to display your work. An instant attention-grabber.





Antiqued Gold

What to Frame



  • Green photos. Again, we're huge fans of green and gold together. Opt for landscapes and botanicals.
  • Wedding photos. This is an off-beat and tasteful alternative to a salon style gallery wall of wedding photos.
  • Simple photos. Because of bottom-weighted mat, keep the look clean with balanced photos. Nothing visually busy here.



 Shop The Triptych



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The Half Wall Grid



An impressive and clean way to show off favorite small photos, The Half Wall Grid gallery wall is one of the most popular looks we’re seeing today. Designed for 5” x 7” photos and offered in classic antiqued gold or black with gold detail, this set of nine 18” x 18” frames will make a major statement above a dining table, sofa, dresser, bench, or credenza.





Black With Gold Detail

What to Frame



  • Family photos. It’s perfect for family photos. Just snap pics of old family photos and upload them.
  • Architectural details. Travel photos are always a winner, but the classic black and gold profile works especially well with photos of architecture and other highly-structured images. 





Antiqued Gold

What to Frame



  • Literally anything. You can do whatever you want in these. The frame styles and mats are forgiving. Try to keep give your palette some consistency, but don’t worry about it too much. Just pick your top nine photos and go.
  • Modern, playful photos. Just because this frame style is more traditional doesn’t need your photos need to be - embrace more playful, modern styles.



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The Floor to Ceiling Grid



The most impressive gallery wall we have (and by far our most requested!), The Floor to Ceiling Grid gallery wall is a clean, sophisticated way to show off your photos. Offered in modern white or champagne silver, this impressive gallery is soft in color and dramatic in size.



*Important: You need to have tall walls to make this arrangement work! It requires 105” of vertical space, which (with a few inches above and below) is about nine feet. Be sure to factor in any floor and crown moulding when you measure.





Champagne Silver

What to Frame



  • Portraits and family photos. Softer color palettes look amazing with our Newport frame. If you want a dramatic, gorgeous way to display your family photos, this is your arrangement. 
  • Black and White. Really lean into the drama of a floor to ceiling wall with sleek black and white photos for a sophisticated look. 
  • Travel photos. Let 'em shine as the centerpiece of your home. Pick photos with a high enough resolution to be printed large. 



Laura Metzler, @laurametzlerphoto



Modern White

What to Frame



  • Family portraits.  Professional family photos are perfect for this wall, especially if they are all the same size and from the same shoot, lending some consistency to the color palette and light quality.Finally print and display all those photos your photographer gave you from your family shoot instead of just posting them to Facebook.
  • Black and white photography. If you have photos you love but that have competing colors, consider making them all black and white. 
  • Photos that double as "art." Pull out all the creative stops. Tall and commanding, this way is a great way to show off your personal photography or professional work.



 Shop The Floor to Ceiling Grid



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