How To: Build a Column Gallery Wall

A column gallery wall sitting in a cozy corner of the Framebridge office. Featuring (from top to bottom) our Bolton, Beverly, Mercer Slim, and Irvine Slim frames and photography from Ansel Adams.

A column gallery wall sitting in a cozy corner of the Framebridge office. Featuring (from top to bottom) our BoltonBeverlyMercer Slim, and Irvine Slim frames and photography from Ansel Adams.

 

The column gallery wall is our favorite way to accent awkwardly sized walls. It adds interest to otherwise forgotten corners, and is a great way to display a collection of similar art or photography. Think: a series of black and white photos, a collection of art from your favorite artists, or travel photos from a recent vacation. The beauty of this look is the asymmetry in the arrangement, so don't get too caught up making everything match perfectly! 


To get started, figure out where you'd like to hang your pieces. Some of our favorite spots are corners and between windows. Once you've figured out where you want to install your gallery you're ready to get started. 

  • A column is perfect if: You have a narrow wall next to a door or window that’s begging for a statement.
  • What you’ll need: A collection of framed pieces that you think look great together—they don’t have to and shouldn’t match!
  • How to get it: Arrange your frames on the floor to see what arrangement you like best, then hang each piece 3 - 4 inches apart, ensuring that they’re all horizontally centered.
  • Pro tip: Do not put the biggest one at the top! 

One more thing: we find the most successful column designs feature coordinating (not matching) frames. You'll want to make sure you have a balance of color, weight, and texture.

In the arrangement above, we chose our black Mercer Slim and white Irvine Slim gallery frames for their clean profiles, our wide silver Beverly frame with black sides for a little interest and weight, and our oiled steel Bolton frame for texture.


Ready to build your column gallery?