How to Build a Clean, Collage-Style Gallery Wall

A semi-freeform approach gives this display a fresh, dynamic look. Here’s the how-to, plus where to buy the art shown.

Photo by Johnny Miller

Using frames and mats in the same color unifies all the artwork in this setup, giving the collection an orderly look even with a few unframed items sprinkled in. Start with one piece somewhere in the middle, like the paper-airplane print here. Then, aiming for balance, build up, down, and out. Haphazard spacing—two inches separating some pieces, four or five between others—lends an organic, easygoing look. Ignore the old-school “eye level’ hanging rule and let the artwork explode downward. It makes for a fresh and dynamic display.

The artwork (clockwise):

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