Do you dream of the day you finally transform a bland space into a stunning picture gallery wall? The sizes and layout for the display hold the key!
Choosing suitable frame sizes is crucial for creating a cohesive display. Not only do they enhance the aesthetic, but they also dictate how your artwork will fit within that space.
To achieve a harmonious arrangement, use different frame sizes that complement the layout.
The Various Photo Frame Sizes for Prints
- Standard frame sizes for wall displays are 8" x 10" up to 11" x 14" for small photos and prints.
- The 16" x 20" and larger frames are for when you include a focal point within a gallery wall display.
- When including a picture mount, the frame should be the size up from the measurements of the photo. As an example, use an 8" x 6" frame for a 7" x 5" print, or go with a broader border by using an 8" x 6” frame with a 6" x 4" print.
- For gallery walls, though, you may need to use small-sized frames when you have a lot of photos to include. When that's the case, use a 7" x 5" for a 6" x 4" photo because it leaves less space in the frame. The picture mount is for protection. The margins around the display item are for visual appeasement.
Advice on Choosing Frame Sizes for a Gallery Wall
- First, check how much wall space you have; this will help you figure out how many frames you need and how to arrange them. As a guide, use the two-thirds rule, or 60%. Gallery walls don’t span the entire width of the wall. There needs to be ample spacing between each frame.
- Consider the layout and design of the room where you will assemble the gallery display. For high ceilings, you may want more portrait displays. Art collections hung in landscape frames draw the eye across the photo groupings. Vertical displays (portrait) draw the eye upward.
- Limit the number of frames to what can fit within 60% (or two-thirds) of the available wall space. That will prevent your display from feeling cluttered.
Also, consider how they will look and how they will fit together. Using equal spacing creates a uniform appearance. Each frame fits together into one display rather than looking like frames hung at random.
To add a statement piece…
Choose a focal point for your gallery wall, such as a large artwork or photograph. These should be in larger frames, helping them stand out as the focal point. It commands attention by creating visual interest.
For example, a 16" x 20" multi-photo frame could display six photos. Ideal for a themed collection as the centrepiece. Surrounding that, hang several 11" x 14" or 8" x 10" photo frames. The small frames surrounding a single large frame add balance and composition.
Tips to Consider when Selecting Appropriate Picture Frame Sizes
Consider the room size
Consider the dimensions of the wall where you plan to hang your portraits. The larger the wall area, the larger the frames to use. In smaller spaces, use more petite frames to avoid cluttering the space.
Factor in viewing distance
Consider how far away people will stand or sit when viewing your gallery wall. The closer people are to view it, the smaller the framed photos should be. Pieces people will see from farther away are the ones to use larger frames with.
Personal preference matters
The frame's design and size come down to personal preference and the look you want to achieve. Use cardboard cutouts to mimic the frame sizes if you need help settling on a gallery wall design layout. Affix those to the wall with masking tape and experiment with different configurations.
It may take a few trials until you find a layout design that resonates with you. When you do, that's when to shop for the style of frames that'll work for your prints or photos.