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.

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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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