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How to Create a Photo Wall Collage

A wall collage or gallery wall is a great way to display your favourite photos and memories in your home. It may seem daunting, but if you follow a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll have a professional-looking focal wall in no time.

Start with a theme.
Wall collages look tighter and more cohesive when the elements fit together around a unifying theme. Whether it’s family vacations, nature shots or a special event like a wedding, pick one subject to curate your photos and stick to it.

Use quality photos.
While taking photos with your phone is convenient, once you blow up and print them, these images won’t be of high enough quality to display like artwork. For first-rate photos that look fantastic in print, try a camera from Canon. Available at Henry’s, the brand has a range of cameras for all levels of expertise that give you more control over lighting, autofocus and creative possibilities.

It’s all about lines.
What’s the secret to sharp, Pinterest-worthy wall collage? Make sure your frames or canvases share similar lines across the space. Imagine a grid going across the space, with different pieces sharing a few grid lines. For example, the outer edge of the frame at the bottom-left corner should line up with the inner edge of the wooden letter in the top-left corner.

Mix up the aesthetic.
Variety is appealing to the eye, so it’s important to incorporate some diversity into your collage, whether it’s a statement piece like an antler set, quotes on wood blocks or a range of frame sizes. If you want to stick to only photos, make sure to mix it up to create visual interest and keep the eye engaged.

Test out your layout.
Practice the “measure twice, cut once” rule but for hanging. Start by experimenting with a few layout options on the floor before even thinking about hammering a nail. Play around with it, snap some pictures and take a day or two to sit on it. You can even try putting the outline of your layout on the wall in painter’s tape. Once you’ve decided, a level is your best friend.