How to Arrange Pictures With Different Size Frames on a Wall

Written by holly l. roberts
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An eclectic arrangement of mismatched frames looks charming on a wall, but pulling off an arrangement with lots of different size frames can be tricky. They key is to choose pictures that have a common theme---whether it's a particular colour, subject or style---and to choose a look you feel comfortable working with. Consider some arrangements that are easy for even beginning decorators to pull off.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 3 display ledges
  • Painter's tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Wall hangers
  • Hammer
  • Nails

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    Simple Style

  1. 1

    Install three basic display ledges on your wall. Line them up so that their ends are in a straight line, and space them evenly on the wall.

  2. 2

    Divide your pictures into groups of two or three, mixing smaller and larger pictures together.

  3. 3

    Put each group on the ledge, leaning the pictures casually against the wall and against each other. Leave a little space on the shelf between each group of pictures so that the pictures have breathing room.

    One Big Rectangle

  1. 1

    Use painter's tape to mark off a generously sized rectangle on your wall. Measure and mark the centre of the rectangle with a piece of tape.

  2. 2

    Choose a picture to hang in the centre of the rectangle. It's often easiest to choose the largest picture since you'll be building around it, but if you want to make the smaller picture the centre of your arrangement, you certainly can. Hang the picture with a wall hanger.

  3. 3

    Begin positioning pictures around the central picture, using the picture and the taped guides for your rectangle as a focal point. Build your arrangement out from the centre picture symmetrically. Keep the pictures on the edges flush with the lines of the taped rectangle.

  4. 4

    Remove the taped guide when you're finished hanging pictures.

    Easy Line-Up

  1. 1

    Use painter's tape to mark off a straight line about 1/3 of the way down your wall.

  2. 2

    Hang pictures above the line so that their bottom frames are evenly lined up 2 inches above the taped line. Their top frames will be at different heights.

  3. 3

    Hang the pictures below the line so that their top frames are evenly lined up about 2 inches below the taped line. Their bottom frames will be at different heights.

  4. 4

    Remove the tape when you've finished hanging your pictures.

Tips and warnings

  • To test your layout before you hang it up, trace your picture frames on old newspapers and hang the paper cutouts on the wall before you break out the hammer.
  • Use painter's tape rather than Sellotape to mark your wall. Sellotape can peel off part of your paint when you remove it.

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