Hanging pictures – arranging photo frames can be so easy

Hanging pictures – arranging photo frames can be so easy

There must also be order in chaos – look for clear lines when hanging edges

We imagine it so beautifully: A wild picture collage in the stairwell, in the living room, or the hallway, and everyone who comes says "Aaah!" and "Ooooh!". No sooner said than done, we use hammer and nail. And you realize: When the time comes at the end, you look pretty stupid. Then you realize that it's not that easy to put a "disorganized" collage on the wall. Also true. The tip is, therefore: Outsmart your eyes! A bit of order should not be missing, while the arrangement of the pictures still seems disorderly.


There is a trick to ensure that a photo wall looks appealing and that it is reasonably practical to attach it: Use straight lines. The so-called edge hanging is based on the principle that there is an axis (or edge) along which the frames are arranged flush. In the case of the example image above, the axis is horizontal and is in the center of the array. Frames with an aspect ratio of 2:3 are combined in different sizes.


The - imaginary - axis or edge in the middle serves as a reference point when attaching. As a result, the flush edge that the frames next to each other along the line suggest brings calm to the overall picture. The outer frames can be attached more or less "wildly". Depending on the number of frames, it can also make sense here to arrange some frames flush.


The elegant way of grid hanging

Wer es strukturiert mag, kann seine Rahmen auf diese Art und Weise anordnen:

This type of hanging is called grid hanging. Choose frames that are the same size (here in a 2:3 aspect ratio) and line them up in a row of two. Make sure that the distance between the individual frames is as equal as possible. Of course, this principle also works vertically (i.e. from top to bottom), in a square arrangement, as a row of three, etc.


Uniform but not boring - frames hang in the pattern

Frames of the same size can also be used for this idea. The frames are alternately arranged vertically and horizontally along an imaginary line. The frames above the line are offset by the lower frames.

The regular change in the orientation of the frames results on the one hand in a loosening up of the overall picture, for example in comparison to the previous example, and on the other hand, the regularity of the pattern also brings order to the picture.


One after the other – hanging in rows

If you like it neat, you can simply hang up your pictures in a row. Not surprisingly, the name of the hanging method is row hanging. In art, series or series of pictures that belong together are often presented in this way.

So if you have a photo series of your cat jumping through the meadow, you can hang them up in a row and thus also indicate the connection between the pictures through the arrangement. Of course, hanging in a row is also possible without this connection. Anyone who randomly attaches disjointed photos or images in a row can do so consciously and break with the expectation that something has to fit together here.


Center lines aren't unique to football - center photos along an axis

With this idea, you orientate yourself - as with the edge hanging - on an imaginary line. This time, however, the line goes through the middle of the frames and not along their edges. Arranging your frames along a center line is a great way to create order even when frames of different shapes and sizes are combined.

Tip: For a colorful collage, the center line hanging can also be repeated in several rows.


Closed to the outside – arrange frames in a clear form

Clear contours can also be created on the wall with frames of different sizes. Arrange the frames so that the outer edges are always flush. Depending on the size and format of the frame, this results in a rectangle or square of photo frames.

This type of hanging may also be referred to as block hanging.

Tip: If you want to put a larger collage on the wall, you can use this principle to design individual blocks and join them together on the wall. This results in a picture that is intentionally “disorderly” at first glance, similar to the edge hanging, but which is structured on closer inspection. More about that at the Petersbruger hanging.


Arrange photo frames and put them on the wall in the same way

All well and good in theory: arranging photo frames. However, especially with hangings that are based on clear lines and precise edges, it can be quite problematic to put the pictures on the wall exactly as you planned them. A nail that sits one centimeter too far down can disturb the overall picture. Here is a cool picture hanging life hack to arrange the picture frames in the desired arrangement.

What you need: Finished pictures in frames. A large piece of paper (e.g. a strip of wallpaper). A pen. level. hammer and nails. Adhesive strips or pins.


  1. Lay the piece of paper/wallpaper strip on the floor. Arrange your images as you wish. Make sure that the images are as parallel as possible to the edge of the web or mark a line that you can use to align the paper later.
  2. Mark the places on the paper where the nails of the pictures will later have to be.
  3. Attach the paper to the wall with tape or drawing board pins. Line it up with the spirit level, using your line from the beginning as a guide.
  4. Then hammer the nails into the wall at the marked locations.
  5. Remove the paper. Hang pictures, done!
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