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Project

Picture an Easier Way

Introduction

The secret is to divide and conquer: Mark a horizontal midline on the wall, and hang all pictures above or below it.

The line can be delineated with a strip of painters' tape and then removed once the pictures are in place. To unify the group, choose a single color for all frames and, if displaying photographs, stick with either all black-and-white or all color shots.

Materials

  • Painter's Tape
  • Frames
  • Nails

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Unfurl a length of painters' tape (ours was 1 1/2 inches wide) horizontally across a wall, making sure tape is level.

  2. Step 2

    Determine nail placement for frames above the midline by measuring from the bottom of a frame to its bracket. (If the frame hangs on wire, pull the wire taut, and measure accordingly.)

  3. Step 3

    For frames below the midline, measure from the top of the frame to the bracket. Use additional strips of tape, positioned vertically, to create even spaces between pictures arranged next to each other.

  4. Step 4

    When all frames are in place, remove tape from wall.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2008

Reviews (13)

  • NYDecor 2 Oct, 2013

    Our clients are always asking us for Picture-walls as part of their decorating projects. It can be quite time consuming and costly for us to provide this service (once all is said and done ie: searching frames, mats, onsite measuring & designing the grouping + client sign off BEFORE they have seen what it will actually look like & then of course the hanging bit.) By the time we account for our time and materials we are always at $1,000+ and up... way up. We now simply use Picturewall.com GREAT!

  • samich66 19 May, 2013

    Thanks for this idea Martha. I have loads of pictures I want to hang and had no idea how to arrange them in my small apartment . Today is the day.

  • Cynthia Peterson 28 Sep, 2012

    What size are these frames? I can't tell from the picture. Are the largest ones 8x10's? Bigger?

  • adriana2416 29 Aug, 2010

    Just did this in my house and it looks GREAT! Really clever way to fill a wall with memories and have it look chic at the same time!

  • NunquamNonParatus 19 Feb, 2010

    I found a great way to hang an assortment of frames onto one wall. Take brown paper, cut out the size and shape of the framed pictures you want to hang, write the subject matter onto the sheet and then stick the papers on the wall with
    prestik/blue-tack and then you can see what picture you want where. It can also help to align the frames, so that they are all hung evenly.

  • smoochgator 18 Feb, 2010

    I found a product that keeps the pictures hanging straight and for about 2 cents per picture. It's called Frame-Tamer

  • artist17 17 Feb, 2010

    Oh Martha! You're the best!

  • samz429 17 Feb, 2010

    This is perfect, much easier than pounding nails then decided the area is incorrect.

  • stellafloella 17 Feb, 2010

    I owned a Gallery for years and did not think of this idea !
    Clever!!

  • lbuser 17 Feb, 2010

    Oh, my goodness. How simple and Why didn't I think of that. This wall looks so neat. My house burned a year ago and I am just getting moved back in. I get to start over from scratch - a surprise blessing from an unwanted tragedy. I can hardly wait to try this out.

  • lbuser 17 Feb, 2010

    Oh, my goodness. How simple and Why didn't I think of that. This wall looks so neat. My house burned a year ago and I am just getting moved back in. I get to start over from scratch - a surprise blessing from an unwanted tragedy. I can hardly wait to try this out.

  • Bonnie460 17 Feb, 2010

    My pictures are so off! Can't wait to try this method! Simplistic and brilliant!

  • Wootle 17 Feb, 2010

    BRILLIANT%21%21%21