5 QUICK TIPS:
PLAN THE LAYOUT OF YOUR PHOTOS
COLOR? BLACK+WHITE? MIX?
If you are doing a symmetrical gallery wall, personally, I would either do all color or all black and white, and not a mix of both for maximum impact. If you are doing more of a eclectic or mis-matched collage style, you can totally mix it up with color/black+white, different frames+sizes, etc… BUT I would commit to mixing it up. For example: having 1 out of 6 photos black and white would stand out and look awkward.
HOW TO HANG + SPACE FRAMES
SOO for hanging regular frames, I normally just roughly lay it out and grab a nail and go for it. With this gallery wall, we started by laying it out on the floor. I wasn’t sure how much gap we wanted between the frames, and where to set it on the wall height wise (without it being too close to the roof or floor). Once we decided on a two inch gap between frames, we measured the total space all 9 frames would take up and taped a big box in painters tape on the wall to make sure we liked the placement on the wall.
From there, I normally start from the bottom middle (always make sure the first piece is level before you continue) and work my way out, then up.
As for measuring spacing on the wall itself, since we were doing a symmetrical gallery wall where you realllllyyy notice if spacing is off… there were two things we found helpful:
** FOR A MORE ECLECTIC STYLE or mis-matched collage, I normally lay it out on the ground, take a photo of it and then start from the bottom again when hanging them. If you are wanting the gaps to all be even, the painters tape would work great for this. So essentially, hang the bottom frame, put a piece of tape as a spacer (you can reuse this) then hold your next frame in place. I normally make a pencil mark at the top of the frame, and measure the distance down for the nail hole. OR I just eyeball it and do all different spacing (between 1.5-3ish inches) and skip the tape.
STICKY TACK IS YOUR NEW BFF.