Poster Wall Guide

The Ultimate Poster Wall Guide

How to build a beautiful poster wall in your home.

Reading time: approx. 8 minutes

Poster walls have become very popular as an additional element in one’s home. Poster walls can be large with up to 10 pictures or small with just 3 pictures and you can have a single or many poster walls in your home depending on the number of rooms and the size of the home. Here’s some great tips for building a beautiful poster wall in your own home.

In short, building a beautiful poster wall is about combining colors and styles that compliment each other and hanging the posters so that they harmonize on your wall and in your room. 

This guide consists of 8 points that are important to consider before you build your own poster wall.

  1. Choose the right room and wall
  2.  Positioning the posters
  3.   Distance between images
  4.    Composition and colors
  5.     Poster frames
  6.      Poster sizes
  7.       Use other than posters
  8.        Price and quality


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1. Choose the right room and wall

The most popular places to build a poster wall are the kitchen and the living room , but also corridors and staircases are popular places to build a poster wall.

You can choose to build your poster wall in a room that you often stay in, or “beautify” a hallway area so that it is not just a walk-through in your house or apartment.

Once you have chosen an empty wall in a room to build your poster wall on, it is important that you include the wall as part of your poster wall.

The space and wall color should compliment the posters in your poster wall. It makes the expression more exciting and effective – and it brings the poster wall together into a “delimited whole”.

You have to make up your mind if you want to build your poster wall and choose pictures based on the room and the wall color, or whether you need to paint your wall in a new color or change your furniture, lamps, wall shelves and other interior if you already have some posters and a poster wall in mind that the room should fit.

TIP! A colored wall behind a picture wall creates a different expression than a regular white wall. If you have a very dark wall color, it can brighten up and attract attention with pictures in light colors. If you have a delicate and light wall color, you can possibly continue working with the same colors in your posters on the picture wall.


2. Location of the posters

Before you start building your image wall, decide if you want to start from the center (creating a random look) and expand or if you can start from the corners and build inwards (creates a tight / firm look). In a bedroom, you typically want a calm atmosphere, so here you can use symmetry to create calm by starting from the corners and building inwards.

3. Distance between images

The distance between the images in your image wall should be roughly the same. In addition, it is important that the picture wall has a distance to the floor / furniture and ceiling.

Best practise for distancing

      • The recommended distance between images: 8-15 cm.
      • The recommended distance from floor to bottom of your picture wall: 150 cm.
      • The recommended distance from the top of furniture to the bottom of your picture wall: 15-20 cm.

      * The distance is indicative only and depends on your wall, space and desired expression.

TIP! If, for example, the picture wall hangs over a sofa, for example, it is important that there is some air from the top of the sofa to the bottom of the pictures. You should like to avoid banging your head up in your photos. It also gives a more harmonious expression if there is a little air between the top image and the ceiling. ”

4. Composition and colors

Basically, it’s good to mix pictures with different colors and do not put pictures in the same color shades next to each other.

It is important to work with contrast and similarity. Either you can choose to let, for example, a bluish tone be repeated in images or contrasting colors – such as blue and pink – where each image has its own color and they thus complement each other.

The red thread is absolutely essential in a picture wall if it is not to appear cluttered and random. And it can be many other things than the color choice such as images with nature motifs.

TIP! If you are into a muted expression, then stick to a limited color scale, but if you just let certain colors go again as a common thread in the image wall, then you can also easily let your creativity play free and mix many shades.

It is always a good idea to find a hue that is represented on several of the images, but it can also be something about the motifs that recur. For example, a picture with a tree and two other posters, where branches and / or flowers are included in the motifs. It can create coherence that the eye links the two things. ”

A good idea is to look at the composition of the image. If you have two different images that have the main emphasis of the subject on the left and right side of the poster, respectively, it is best to place them so that there is air between the subjects – so that the poster with the subject on the left side is placed on the left and the poster with the subject on the right is placed on the right. It creates air between the subject and is pleasing to the eye.

TIP! Use posters with different printing methods for to create dynamism in your image wall: Mix eg risoprints, linoleum prints and analog prints.


5. Poster frames

In addition to the color choice of the motifs, the frames also have a lot to say on a picture wall. If the picture wall is in focus in your room, you can choose different materials and colors for the frames – if there is room in the room, you can go for the same color and type of material for all the frames.

If you want peace, go for one or two types of frames in the same colors and thicknesses. If you are into the creative look, all frames can easily be different in both expression and color.

If you are into a tactile expression that really stimulates all the senses, then make your picture or poster wall three-dimensional by mixing the frames with other types of works of art. It can be, for example, a ceramic plate, a wall-mounted candlestick or, as here, abstract art in various forms that softens the square expression.

A good tip is to use a poster list to give a “lightness” and distraction to your image wall.

TIP! If you want a picture wall like is in focus, use different frames and mix the colors and materials like wood and aluminum or use a magnetic poster list for one of the posters.

Easy change frame for standard sizes

“Easy change frames” are frames that are mass-produced and therefore the price is low. However, easy change frames are only available for standard size posters. They are available in both high and low quality. Inserting poster into a easy change frame is very easy, and can be done by anyone.

Poster sizes that you can always find easy change frames for:

      • 10.5 x 14.8 cm. (A6) – available from 5€.
      • 14.8 x 21 cm. (A5) – available from 8€.
      • 21 x 29.7 cm. (A4) – available from 10€.
      • 29.7 x 42 cm. (A3) – available from 16€.
      • 30 x 30 cm. – available from 16€.
      • 30 x 40 cm. – available from 16€.
      • 40 x 50 cm. – available from 20€.
      • 50 x 50 cm. – available from 26€.
      • 42 x 59.4 cm. (A2) – available from 26€.
      • 50 x 70 cm. – available from 26€.
      • 59.4 x 84.1 cm. (A1) – available from 300€.
      • 70 x 100 cm. – available from 47€..

Easy change frames quality

Quality and price are often related when buying easy change frames. As a general rule, you can often find the frames in either solid wood or with foil. Frames with foil are cheaper.

Solid Wood frames are cut directly from the type of wood (eg Oak).

Frames with Oak Foil are made of pine wood and coated with a foil to make it look like eg Oak or Walnut.

Basically, the untrained eye can not see the difference between the two types from a distance, but you can feel the difference – the foil is smooth as opposed to the “raw solid wood”. Solid wood is also more often a bit darker in appearance and has several beauty flaws which you can either love or not.

The big difference is the price. Pine frames with foil are cheaper to produce and therefore cost less.

Glass quality in easy change frames

Real (genuine) glass is the standard in quality framing, but acrylic (also known as plexi-glass) glass is becoming increasingly popular because it can be easily shipped when you shop at webshops. Acrylic glass is often the only thing you can buy when shopping frames online. Physical stores often offer real glass. Although real glass is preferable, it is not necessarily more expensive.

Real (genuine) glass vs Acrylic glass:

Benefits of real glass:
– Standard within high quality framing.
– Crystal clear.
– Can be easily washed (does not scratch).

Disadvantages of real glass:
– Cracks/splinters on impact.
– Large frames with real glass can not be transported with freight companies.

Benefits of acrylic glass:
– Stronger and more flexible than glass.
– Good for eg children’s rooms or bathrooms where the glass must not shatter.
– Can be transported with freight companies.
– May have antireflex properties (strong light sources do not bother).

Disadvantages of acrylic glass:
– Difficult to clean (avoid scratches and static electricity).
– Big difference in quality (Ikea sells, for example, cheap and thin acrylic glass in their frames, which makes the motif indistinct).

Unconventional size frames (where you can not find easy change frames)

It can get expensive to go your a glazier or frame shop and get custom made frames for posters with odd sizes and easy change frames does not fit. It often costs more than 150€ per. poster to make a custom frame and there often is a long wait.

Therefore, most people only get custom frames if the poster has an atypical size and does not fit an easy change frame. For example, it may be an older poster or purchased somewhere in the world where they have different standard sizes than where you live.

If you have a poster in an atypical size that does not fit in a easy change frame, but you do not want to pay for a custom-made frame, then we have a good trick:
– You can buy an easy change frame that is slightly larger than the poster The frame almost always comes with an insert paper that you can turn over and put your poster on the white side. That way, you create a white margin around the image just like a passepartout.
– Or you can also buy a magnetic posterlist frame.


6. Image sizes

If you want to build a large poster wall, use posters of different sizes as much as possible. A rule of thumb for creating a beautiful and dynamic poster wall is that you mix the very common sizes such as A3 (29.7×42 cm.) and 50×70 with eg square posters. For very large picture walls, you can also use very large size posters such as 70×100 centimeters.

7. Use other than posters

Complement your poster wall with more than just posters – so it doesn’t all turn into motifs and frames.

For example, hang a green plant, a teak shelf or a tapestry on your wall and create distraction.

Other ideas for making dynamic distractions are ceramic wall hangings and wall lamps.

8. Price and quality

The price of a poster wall of course depends on the number of posters in the poster wall and also the quality, the artist and the exclusivity of the pictures.

Pictures are available in all prices from DKK 50 and up to several thousand kroner.

If an image is original, limited edition or printed in high quality, it obviously costs more than at poster stores that print copies of well-known motifs in poor quality.

We do not recommend that you buy many pictures in fun webshops that sell well-known motifs such as Matisse very cheaply. This is often because they change the motif or text on a known image to avoid copyright law in order to mass-produce a motif in poor print quality. They do not think of art but of profit.

In addition, the price of the picture wall also depends on the frame. Frames can often be more expensive than the pictures because they are difficult to produce and transport, especially if your pictures are not in standard sizes and you can therefore not use switch frames.

Now you are all set to build your new poster wall!

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