How to create a modern, simple gallery photo wall | Ikea | Colleen Lindhurst Photography

I just love the simplicity of a gallery wall when it comes to decorating! I'm sharing my own gallery walls from my home along with some tips for creating them.


Gallery Wall #1 - The Playroom

Our home has more of a traditional floor plan with a living room and dining room, so we use the traditional living room area as a playroom. With it being the first thing you see when you walk into our house, I wanted to make it a room that gives a good first impression in addition to being a good space for the kids to play and store all of the toys.


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- Rule of Three - I opted for 3 columns of frames, because I like to apply the "rule of three" when it comes to decorating. You may have heard of the rule of thirds when it comes to photography, but it actually applies to a lot of other categories too (graphic design, interior design, storytelling, etc). Basically the concept with interior design is that odd groupings are more appealing and interesting to our eyes. Also, less stale than even groupings.


-Black and White - When in doubt, black and white is the way to go! If you are using photos that are not consistent in color (like a variety of trips you went on or family photos that span several years), I like black and white because it makes everything look more consistent and cohesive. That wasn't the issue with these photos as they were all from the same photo session (photo credit to Kelli Van Wasshenova Photography), but I just had the itch to do one in black and white as I love the look in general.


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Get the products -

  • Ikea Ribba Frame - 19 3/4 x 19 3/4

Available from Amazon at the link below or for $14.99 each from Ikea

  • 12" x 12" Printed Photos

As a photographer, I sell 12" x 12" prints to fit in the frames at a very reasonable price. Need your gallery reactivated? Email me!


Gallery Wall #2 - The Family Room


My husband always jokes that this looks like a huge shrine to our family, but I think it's acceptable considering I'm a photographer and photos are such a big part of my life... hopefully I'm not just being delusional.


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Once again, I've opted for an odd number of columns to incorporate the rule of 3's. And all of these photos were taken and edited by either myself or Kelli Van Wasshenova Photography. While our styles are a bit different, I still think it has a good flow!


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If you've had professional photos taken, I think this is the perfect time to create a gallery wall. And no, I'm not just trying to upsell y'all. You know how when you see an Instagram grid that is consistent that it is so appealing to your eyes visually? Cheesy, but when you create a gallery wall based on photos from the same photo shoot, you are creating the same effect on your wall. There is definitely something to be said for consistency and how our eyes are drawn to it.


Get the products -

Ikea Ribba Frame - 16" x 20"


Available from Amazon at the link below or only $9.99 each from Ikea.


  • 12" x 16" Printed Photos

I sell 12" x 16" prints to fit in the frames at a reasonable price. These are not a common size so I had to search high and low for a vendor that would print these at a good quality. Save yourself the trouble and let me order some for you!


I hope this inspired you a bit to create a gallery wall! Leave me comment if this gave you any ideas!


Colleen