Tips for hanging wall art

Hanging wall art is a problem that hampers a lot of us, I think, and I often go to friends’ houses and notice that nothing at all is on the walls for fear of making holes everywhere or choosing the wrong place for a piece of art. Therefore, I just want to chat you through a couple of things that can make the job a lot easier.

Firstly, I always tend to buy picture frames from Habitat (they also do mounts) or John Lewis because they have a good range of materials and sizes and I far prefer quite thin frames to bulky thick frames. Alternatively, for special pieces I will invest in taking wall art to the local framers – worth every penny in my mind. One of these days I will commit to sourcing some vintage frames and taking them to the framers to use for special prints (they often lack glass, mounts or clips if you buy them at antiques markets or car boots so the framer can rebuild them).

Once the prints are framed you then need to choose the right place for it to make it shine…

Planning a gallery wall

I saw a completely gorgeous gallery wall arranged by Holly over at Avenue Lifestyle in a recent bedroom makeover she did (I warn you, if you pop over and look at the full room you will feel the need to completely redesign your own – it’s to die for!). Quite often I hear people saying that they would have no idea about how to go about this but, as Holly shows in the picture below, all you have to do is lay them out on the floor first and play around with the composition.

Easy ways to hang wall art | Vintage gallery wall by Hollly at Lifestyle Avenue | Apartment Apothecary

I want everything in this bedroom but I want the art work most of all! Image via Avenue Lifestyle.

Easy ways to hang wall art | Vintage gallery wall by Hollly at Lifestyle Avenue | Apartment Apothecary

Holly lays the pictures on the floor to help her arrange them. Experimenting with he composition is the easiest way to create a gallery wall. Image via @holly_avenuelifestyle

Command strips

I know lots of people fear making holes in their walls, especially if you rent your property. That’s why you need to become best friends with Command Strips. They behave a bit like velcro so you press two pieces together, stick one side to the back of your frame and the other side to the wall. I swear on my life these things work and when you want to move the picture all you have to do is pull the strip off  and it takes no paint with it. They are brilliant (hooks are also available that I use all the time). The point is that you will not need to make any holes in your walls and your picture will never be wonky as it is firmly stuck in place.

Paper templates

When you have attached your command strips and you are ready to hang your pictures to help you figure out where to put them and how to space them use paper templates. Draw around your pictures to make your templates and use blu-tack to attach them to the wall to help you visualise what they will look like in a certain position. Again, experiment!

Easy ways to hang wall art | Using command strips to hang pictures | Apartment Apothecary

Paper templates will help you hang pictures evenly and in the best position.

Easy ways to hang wall art | Using command strips to hang pictures | Apartment Apothecary

A set of my favourite prints drawn by Rikkianne Van Kirk

Easy ways to hang wall art | Using command strips to hang pictures | Apartment Apothecary

Illustrations by Rikkianne Van Kirk. See more of her work in her Etsy shop.

Easy ways to hang wall art | Using command strips to hang pictures | Apartment Apothecary

Hope this may help anyone who struggles with hanging their wall art (I know I do). I *think* I have decided where to hang it all in my living room.

Katy x




  1. 25th April 2016 / 8:48 am

    Great post and beautiful wall art inspiration! I love Command Strips, they’re fab. I haven’t shopped at Habitat for picture frames before, so shall take a look as I also prefer slim frames to chunky ones.

  2. 25th April 2016 / 9:34 am

    Such a useful post!
    When I did my kitchen gallery wall, I ended up using Excel to map out the size of my frames and any additional hanging items I wanted to use. Mostly because they were all in storage but I had their sizes. This worked well for us 🙂

  3. Sarah Ford
    25th April 2016 / 10:36 am

    I use the floor and paper templates to help decide how to hang pictures. In addition, I also mark on the paper template where the nail needs to be (depending on how long the wire/string is). I then pop the nails in over the template on the mark, peel off the template and pop the picture up.

    Also, as an ex-forces wife, we were also required to fill in any holes prior to leaving our quarter. An old army trick (if you have neutral walls) is to fill any small holes with a tiny blob of (white) toothpaste and smooth over with a tiny bit of water. I think that a number of quarters may actually be held together with toothpaste!

  4. 25th April 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Great tips and very useful advice. I’m currently in the “nearly nothing on the walls” set since my shelves take up so much interest that I didn’t want to add more to the room. Having said that, I now have a whole stack of frames (mainly Ikea and vintage, #justsayin’), artworks and prints from our last home and not clue where to put them… There was me thinking a new house would make everything easier…ha! xo

  5. 25th April 2016 / 1:48 pm

    This a job I just keep putting off, we’ve loads of things to hang! A misxture of vintage and modern frames, I think I might try the command strips thing, will have to figure out how many I’d need to hang the bigger pictures though!

  6. 25th April 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I really must try Command Strips – they sounds like they would be a godsend in my rental home!! And yep, Habitat all the way for photo frames 🙂 xx

  7. 25th April 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I love Holly’s room. She’s so talented and a really lovely person too. Command strips are great, so pleased to be their brand ambassador this year. x

  8. 26th April 2016 / 5:29 am

    That bedroom!! I swooned!! Command strips are the most amazing invention. I have them all over my house.

  9. 26th April 2016 / 6:56 am

    Hey Katy. I use Command Strips all the time; there is always a stash at OneandSeventy! How do you use them with a paper template? I get how to do it with picture hooks, as you can find the centre and put them on the wall through the paper, but I’m a bit lost on how to do it using strips. Maybe my brain hasn’t quite woken up yet and I need more tea! Thanks for any advice. Sue @SuzyHomemakerUK x

  10. 29th April 2016 / 10:35 am

    ooooh love this so much and clever idea to plan them on floors first. Her bedroom is simply divine – great inspo as I am currently doing mine up… Love your art prints btw – very cute x

  11. 22nd June 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I’d never heard of Command Strips before now… they sound awesome! I don’t rent but I do love the fact that the frames won’t end up wonky 🙂

    Thanks for a really helpful post – I’ll be putting the ‘paper template’ trick to good use very soon.


  12. Angie
    14th February 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Hello! Just want to know where you got your thin black picture frames? 🙂 thanks.

    • katy
      1st April 2017 / 2:07 pm

      Try King and McGraw, John lewis or Habitat x

  13. Rachel
    14th September 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Hi katy, this blog is so helpful – beautiful. What colour is on the walls? I’m looking for a neutral colour for art work.


  14. Amy
    17th October 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Hi, just wondering if you know where this night stand is from? I’d love to have it! 🙂


    • katy
      21st October 2017 / 1:08 pm

      I don’t I’m afraid but tried Holly at Avenue Lifestyle whose bedroom it is x

  15. Beth
    5th February 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Hi there room look lovely. Just wondered what colour you have on the walls! Looking for the perfect soft grey. TIA

  16. Sarah
    19th September 2018 / 4:12 pm

    I’ve been looking for the perfect two tones for my room.
    I absolutely adore this colour because my room is a narrow double room, I feel as if it’ll make the most out of the light.
    What is the colour and which brand ?
    Thank you

    • katy
      10th November 2018 / 9:29 am

      Hi there. It is Peignoir by Farrow and Ball x

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