30 photo wall ideas to creatively personalise your space

By Elise Hodge

Published: August 15th, 2023

Add a personal touch to any room in your house with a fun photo wall.

Photo or gallery walls are such a beautiful interior design trend that can add a personalised touch to any room in your home. The good news is that there are so many different ways in which a photo wall can look and capture your unique style. The photos and artwork you put on your wall represent you and your loved ones.

Creating a photo wall in your home is an easy and low-cost way to decorate your space. All you need to do is select your favourite photos or artworks, decide whether you want them on canvases or printed, select some frames (matching or non-matching; it’s entirely up to you), and then attach them to your walls! 

So, what are you waiting for? Get your nails and hammer at the ready because after looking at these 30 photo wall ideas, you are going to be inspired to create your own!

1. Bright and bold 

A bright and bold photo wall instantly transforms a space into a vibrant and captivating environment. It adds a dynamic focal point, infuses energy, and showcases cherished memories engagingly. The vivid colours and striking arrangements make the area more inviting and uplifting. This visually appealing display creates a unique and personalised atmosphere that leaves a lasting impression on anyone who enters.

a living room with a blue couch and lots of pictures on the wall
Image: Steph Wilson on Unsplash

2. Canvas wall 

Transform an ordinary wall into a captivating gallery within your home by curating stunning landscape paintings on canvas. Each brushstroke brings nature’s beauty to life, infusing your space with vibrant hues. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of these paintings, creating a haven that evokes awe-inspiring wanderlust and serene relaxation.

Modern living room interior with canvas on the wall

3. Matching and uniform 

If you want things to look more thought out rather than organically thrown together, having everything matching and uniform is a great idea. You can arrange a photo wall with all the images in the frames within the same colour scheme. Even better if you can perfectly match the colour scheme of your home. For added uniformity, all photos can be perfectly lined up to create an even display. 

Illustrations of giraffes lined up perfectly on a white wall
Image: Tim Gouw on Pexels

4. Above the bed

Do you have a bare space above your bed that needs filling? Well, look no further! Transform it into a captivating focal point with a stunning photo wall. These additions will infuse your bedroom with personality and charm. Painting a feature wall behind your photo display in a coordinating colour will also provide a contrasting backdrop that makes your cherished photos genuinely pop.

Minimalist line art in matching black frames placed above a bed with black and white linen
Image: Kam Idris on Unsplash

5. Wood and black 

Give your photos a vintage look with a wood and black theme. The rich, earthy tones of weathered wood paired with the classic elegance of black accents infuse your photos with nostalgia. This timeless combination exudes warmth and sophistication, creating an alluring vintage ambience.

Wooden and black picture frames hanging on a white wall
Image: Polina Kovaleva on Pexels

6. Black and white

If you have a spare wall in a hallway, adding a photo wall to the space is a great way to add some character. Making your photos black and white means that you won’t have to do any colour matching as everything will already perfectly match.

Four black and white photos in matching cream frames hung on a wall
Image: Max Rahubovskiy on Pexels

7. Spread out

If you have a super large wall and want things to look more spread out than confined, this idea is for you! With this unexpected and unique arrangement, photo frames are sporadically placed on the wall without much rhyme or reason, yet it still looks so good. If you want to do something a little different, ensuring that the photos in your frames have a similar colour scheme will help to make things look more seamless regardless of how you arrange them on your wall!

Interior of a pink living room with white couch, pink armchair and posters spread out on the wall

8. In between wall 

Do you have a random, awkwardly sized wall that doesn’t have enough room for a piece of furniture but just needs something on it? Well, a photo wall is the answer you’re looking for.

two doors on the same wall with photo frames in between them
Image: Canva AI Image Generator

9. Matching tapestry

Photo walls don’t always have to be for photos. You can add other decor elements to complement your photos, like a printed tapestry that could hang on the wall. With just that design choice, you can already show you are quirky and creative.

bright bedroom interior with a wall art of flowers and birds painted on a fabric above a bed which is dressed in green plants pattern on white linen

10. Staircase gallery wall 

For those people that have staircases, more often than not, the wall along your staircase is left bare. If it is, it is worth putting together your favourite prints, putting them in frames, and then attaching them to your bare wall. You can arrange these photos diagonally to match the shape of the stairs. 

staircase with photos lining the wall next to it
Image: Francesca Tosolini on Unsplash

11. Desk decor

If you want to add a little more fun to your workspace, adding a photo wall above where you work will help spark some inspiration, motivation, and creativity.

desk with framed photos on the wall above it
Image: Canva AI Image Generator

12. Large frames 

Make a statement by having a photo wall filled with large frames! With all the paintings and imagery, this photo wall idea would make your room almost look like something you would find in a beautifully extravagant museum. You could go hunting for donated frames and artworks to start your own art collection that even a museum would envy.

A living room with a brown ceiling fan and paintings on the wall
Image: Curtis Adams on Pexels

13. Entrance wall 

First impressions always count when walking into a home, so you want to make your entrance memorable. A photo wall right at your entrance, as you walk in, gives your guests a snippet of your family before they’ve even properly stepped into the house.

framed photo wall next to a home's front door
Image: Canva AI Image Generator

14. Wall decor 

Creating a photo wall isn’t just about the moments captured in pictures; it’s a canvas for personal expression. By incorporating wall decorations like mirrors, clocks, sculptures, crafts, and tapestries, you add depth, texture, and personality to your space. The blend of images and non-photos creates a visually captivating narrative that truly speaks to who you are.

corner in a home with a console table and a mirror, wall decorations, and framed illustrations on the wall
Image: RDNE Stock project on Pexels

15. Floating shelves 

Here’s something a little different. If you don’t want to hammer nails into your walls, setting your photos on floating shelves is a great idea. This is a great way to create that photo wall effect without damaging your walls.

floating shelves with white flowers in clear glass vase and framed photos
Image: Leonie Janko on Unsplash

16. Square frames

Thanks to Instagram, many photos are now taken in a square shape. So why not celebrate your favourite Instagram photos by putting them in square frames? What a gorgeous look, especially when all images follow a single colour scheme.

living room with a sofa, throw pillows, and a gallery of square photos on the wall
Image: Vinicius “amnx” Amano on Unsplash

17. White space

Create room to breathe in your home by ensuring plenty of white space. One of the design principles is to be conscious about adding white space, which helps to create calm. You can arrange a simple photo wall with an extra large white border between the thin black frame and the black and white square photos. A white wall behind the arrangement helps to make things pop even more.

A gallery of ten black-and-white framed photos with plenty of white space
Image: Dom J on Pexels

18. Animal lover

Add some quirkiness to your photo wall by featuring photos of cute animals. These furry and feathered friends bring joy, warmth, and a touch of whimsy to your space. Whether it’s a playful kitten or a lovable pup, these snapshots infuse your decor with irresistible charm. Not only do they put smiles on faces, but they also serve as delightful conversation starters. They also make good decorations for a baby’s room.

Different kinds of animal portraits on the wall
Image: Tyra Xu on Pexels

19. Simple and minimal

If neutral tones are your style, set up a simple and minimal display. If you don’t want too much on your wall, the good news is that you only need a few photos to get the look of a photo wall. Adding indoor plants on the ground will also help fill the rest of the wall.

Scandi style dining hall with pictures on the wall

20. To the edge

Many different photo walls have frames with borders, but what if bordering is not your style? Well, you don’t have to have them. Create a gallery wall with photos put into frames with no border, and make the most out of your frames.

Assorted photos and a light installation on a green wall
Image: 隔壁光头老王 WangMing’Photo on Pexels

21. TV wall

If you want to add more character to your TV wall, having a complementary photo wall is a great idea. The large photo frames on either side of the display work so well. This look would suit most homes, so why not jazz up your TV wall with some photos?

tv surrounded by paintings and photos
Image: Canva AI Image Generator

22. Corner wall

Do you have a corner wall in your home that needs some decoration? Well, a photo wall is the perfect idea. You can blend the two walls seamlessly if they feature photos with a similar colour scheme. Even if all the frames on the wall are very different, they can all easily work together. 

white and black photo frames hanging on wall
Image: Alex Otto on Unsplash

23. Feature wall 

Photos can be an excellent idea for a feature wall because what better way to finish off your gallery wall than with some paint? With the right colour palette, your frames and prints can significantly complement whatever paint colour you choose for the feature wall.

Cluttered living room with a black sofa, wooden cabinet, and black feature wall with paintings
Image: LeeAnn Cline on Unsplash

24. Indoor plants

If you don’t have space in your home for actual plants, there’s a beautiful alternative that brings the beauty of nature right to your walls. Plant-themed paintings on a photo wall offer the perfect solution, allowing you to enjoy the charm of greenery without needing extra space or care. They create a soothing atmosphere, enhancing your surroundings and providing a connection to nature—no green thumb is required.

artworks of leaves on a wall above a comfortable couch in a stylish room

25. Hallway wall 

The hallway is an area that so often gets overlooked and is thus left bare. If you have a narrow hallway space, then it is understandable that it can be impossible to try and place furniture in the space. In place of furniture, why not add a photo wall instead? 

a home's narrow hallway with photos on the wall
Image: Canva AI Image Generator

26. Wall to wall 

Do you have a bunch of photos waiting to be displayed? A wall-to-wall gallery transforms a mundane wall into a vibrant masterpiece, adding a unique personality to your home. The variety of sizes, frames, and subjects make it an appealing choice for those seeking a bold and creative remarkable design statement.

white bed with orange blanket in bedroom with photo wall
Image: Spacejoy on Unsplash

27. Big picture

A photo wall of similar-sized photos that form a larger picture, like a map or a portrait, is an exceptional addition to any home, especially in the living room. It transforms your space into a visual narrative, sparking curiosity and conversation. It also serves as a focal point that adds depth and personality to the room.

a living room filled with furniture and a flat screen tv, and a photo wall forming a map
Image: Steven Ungermann on Unsplash

28. Mix and match 

When it comes to a photo wall, anything goes! So don’t be afraid to mix and match. Photos and frames in your gallery wall can be very different in theme, style and colour scheme, yet complement each other.

white wall with photos of a family in various photo frames

29. Better in threes

A known rule in design is that things are more visually appealing when they are in threes. Sometimes, three photos are all you need for a good photo wall. Get frames within a colour palette of your choice and place them on a bare wall in your home. If you’re not sure where to start, it is worth noting that white frames with white borders go beautifully with a neutral-coloured bedroom. 

three framed pictures above couch with white and black throw pillows
Image: Spacejoy on Unsplash

30. Empty frames

Here’s something a little different. You can make frame wall installations if you are not into prints or photos. Gather some things you would like displayed on a wall, like vintage items, and place them on the border with empty frames. Although there are technically no photos in the “photo wall,” it will act more as a work of art and a cool feature to your space.

old school cameras on black and white frames
Image: Caleb Wikman on Unsplash

So that concludes 30 photo wall ideas to inspire you to add excitement and style to your walls. Whether aiming for uniformity or a little quirkiness, these design ideas can add charm to your walls. What style of photo wall will you be adding to your home?


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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