Wraparound The Room Art or Photo Gallery Wall
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Do you admire the rooms you see with perfectly aligned photo gallery walls in your favorite decorating magazines, but can never seem to figure out how they get every frame perfectly aligned? I know the answer. The best part – it is so easy to achieve –plus you won’t have to make any holes in your walls.
Hanging art – gallery style, can add quite a lot of interest to a room. Popular ways are to use a grid pattern or to fit frames together on a wall like a puzzle. Today I want to show you how to hang frames that will wrap around a room, keeping them all perfectly in line and straight.
There is only one easy way to do this without pulling your hair out and that is to use Command Picture Hanging Strips. If you have used these – you know just how awesome they are. They should be in every decorator’s toolbox. After ease of hanging – the next best feature of these magical little strips is that when it comes time to remove them – they come off cleanly and won’t damage your walls thanks to the stretch-release technology that is on all Command Products.
I added a wraparound art gallery to my dining room.
Dining Room Walls Before
Perfectly aligned frames hung quickly and easily with the help of Command Picture Hanging Strips.
Wall Frames with matte included (maximum weight 16 lbs. each) – I got mine at IKEA
2 sets of Command™ Medium or Large Picture Hanging Strips for each frame
Colored and patterned scrapbook paper
Note: Follow all Command™ Brand package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep, adhesive strip placement and recommended weight claims; for example 4 large Picture Hanging Strips hold a maximum weight of 16 pounds.
You will need enough frames to go around the room or corner of a room. I lined my frames up along the floor first to figure out how many I would need and the spacing between each. If you plan to go around a corner – figure the spacing needed there first – and then use that spacing for the rest of the frames.
If you don’t have a laser level to help hang your frames at the same height across the wall, you can easily use a yardstick and 2 sets of Command Picture Hanging Strips to help you hang your frames straight. On the back side of a yardstick, attach one set of strips horizontally to each end. The pull tabs can face in or out – it doesn’t matter. ( I will explain how to use this later in the tutorial.)
Clean back of frames and wall area where you will be hanging the frames with isopropyl rubbing alcohol and let dry.
1. Remove matte from frame. Cut desired patterns from scrapbook paper a bit larger than matte opening.
3. Use tape to attach the scrapbook paper to the back of the matte. Place back into frame.
4. For each frame you will need 2 sets of Command Picture Hanging Strips. To make a set, simply attach two strips together as shown.
5. Attach one set to each side on the back of your frame.
6. Clean the wall surface with isopropyl rubbing alcohol, wipe gently and let dry.
7. Decide where you want to hang the frames and use a bubble level and a yardstick with the Command Picture Hanging Strips attached to create a level surface to act as a hanging guide. Remove the green liner from the strips and press yardstick to wall once you have found a level line.
8.. Start in the center of the wall and work out to each side. Remove the green liner from the Command Picture Hanging Strips and place first frame along yardstick. Press into wall. Then press it into place on the wall firmly for 30 seconds. I spaced mine 1-inch apart and used the measurement markings on the yardstick to easily figure this out.
9. You need to let the picture hanging strips set before adding the weight of the frames to them, so you will need to remove the frame from the wall by slowly pulling the frame from the bottom and pulling straight towards you. This will leave the wall mounted strip in place. Wait one hour to re- mount the frames, making sure to press the fasteners together until they click.
10. Repeat with the rest of the frames.
11. Carefully remove yardstick by holding on the bottom and angle up and away from wall.
12. Carefully remove strips by slowly pulling tab and stretching it along the wall. Do not pull out, but along the wall. This is very important to ensure the Command Picture Hanging Strips come off cleanly. When the strips are applied vertically – pull the strips down to remove them cleanly.
13. Keep pulling at least 12 inches until strip releases from wall.
Wrapping framed art or photos around the room will add quite a colorful focus to a room.
I am working with Command Brand from 3M to share projects I created in my home. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I bought a bunch of ikea frames for a gallery wall, along with the command strips. However, on the backside of the frame, the frame width is more narrow than the strips. In your picture, it looks as though you may have added something to your frame to make a wider area to attach the command strip. Is that right? If so, how and what did you use? Thanks!
Hi Allie – Good eye :-) For the IKEA frames that were heavy and needed the strength of a full hanging strip, I added a scrap piece of wood (piece of deck railing I had in my basement). I butted it right against the side back of the frames and glued it in with hot glue. On lighter weight frames with thinner sides, I am known to the horror of 3M, to cut the strips in half vertically to fit narrower frames. I have found the cut version is strong enough to hold thinner and lighter frames. Once I cut them, I use them in the same way. Rubbing alcohol on the surfaces first, and once it is dry, stick the cut vertically cut strips on. You will find the layered gallery wall where I cut many strips to attach frames, here: https://inmyownstyle.com/2013/01/how-to-create-a-photo-gallery-wall-using.html It has been hanging just fine for a couple of years now.
Ok. I’ve never used Command strips before, so forgive if this is a dumb question. Once you have a picture framed attached to the command strip and attached to the wall, how do you remove? In other words, how do you get your hands to the backside of the frame stuck to the wall, to pull the tab down to remove? Am I missing something here? Thanks!
Hi Mary – to remove a frame – you hold the bottom of the frame with both hands and pull the bottom of the frame out and up. The strips will detach from each other. The wall strip will be exposed when the frame is removed. Now you can pull down on the tab of the wall strip about 12″ and the strip will release from the wall. The other strip on the frame can be removed in the same way – by pulling the tab down.
Perfect. Thanks, Diane!
Great project! I’m the other blogger working with Command, and discovered you when our links were added to their site! Love what you’re doing, and can’t wait to see the rest of your projects!
Great post! Inspiring as usually. Here’s an unrelated question! What color is the paint? Love the dark beige/tan!
hi Betsy –
The paint color is Shelburne Buff HC- 28 from Benjamin Moore
I adore this! I think this is the solution to a big empty wall in our kids playroom! You’ve got me inspired now!!
Hi Jo-Anna – It would be perfect to do in a kids playroom. You could use their art and drawings that they have made to make the room truly theirs. Their art mixed in with lots of colorful scrapbook paper would make one colorful and playful room.
So you have never had a problem with frames falling or anything like that?
Hi Runt –
I have never had one anything fall off the wall and I have been using them for a few years. I first used them in my daughters dorm room and then when I worked in display. If you follow the directions and stay within the weight limit stated on the package you should not have any problems. From using them for a few years, the most important thing about using them to me is when it comes time to remove it – pull the tab on the wall – down, not out. They are one smart little invention :)
Great, thanks! I’m glad you mentioned to make sure you follow the weight limits… hahaha I normally follow the rules but I was going to push the limit on one frame just because I don’t want to put holes in my walls. I’ll definitely use picture hanging nails though because the frame is kind of heavy. Thanks for your help!
Don’t you just love those Command Strips? !
great post Diane.. this will definitely add good view in my living room. I’ll share it in my blog..
I love the look of the wrapped wall. I want to do something similar to this in my guest room, except I don’t want all my of frames to be the same. I want them to be all different shapes and sizes but have the middle of all of the frames be the line that goes around the room. If that makes any sense… anyway, great tutorial with the picture hanging strips! I’m sort of hesitant to use them but I think I’ll give it a shot.
Brilliant this sure is! I have never used the Command Strips, but I sure want a bunch of them now. Your colors and patterns are just what I love. Sigh, my wish list is really getting long now.
My dream is to do my tiny bathroom as close to the girls bath as possible. Will be awhile still though.
Thanks for all the wonderful ideas (even if I have to just dream about them for now).
How funny, I just shared a post about Command products on my blog yesterday as well. I just love all of their different uses.
Great tutorial! It never occurred to me to attach the yardstick to the wall to keep the line straight. Thanks for sharing your method.
That is so clever using the yard stick as a laser level !!!!!
I LOVE COMMAND STRIPS!! Best invention ever!