Gallery walls have become a very popular interior design feature. It’s not hard to see why. They are a great way to add color and pattern to a plain wall, as well add personality and character to your home. They’re also a wonderful way to display family photos and memories that are near and dear to you. There are many ways to create a gallery wall in your home, and different people may gravitate towards certain styles. Here are five great gallery wall ideas to consider:

Grid

This is a great style for those who love symmetry, neatness and order. It’s also a good way to fill an empty space without making it look too cluttered or distracting. You will need identically-sized frames to create a grid gallery wall, and some of your best or favorite photos or canvas prints. How many frames you will need will depend on the size of the wall you are trying to fill, but typical grids are made of 6 or 9 frames.

You will also need measuring tape and a level to make sure that your frames are spaced perfectly uniformly; this project requires a certain amount of precision and careful measuring and planning. To make sure your photos are of high quality print, enlist the help of a professional printing service like ShutterFly, that also offers framed canvas prints and personalized frames.

Colorblocked

If you have a more eclectic taste, you can forego the identical frames and opt instead to match items according to color. Group similarly colored photos together and add other accents like flowers, a framed mirror, or maybe a quirky knick knack like a hat or other kind of wall decor. This is a great way to add color and texture to your wall if it is painted a plain neutral color like white or bland beige.

Theme

Group photos, art and other items together that have a similar theme, like travel, florals, animals…the list goes on. Similar to color blocking, the items don’t all have to be the same shape or size, but they are still tied together and achieve cohesiveness by having a common theme. This is a great way for frequent travelers to display mementos from their travels, or a unique way to allow your personality to shine through in your home decor.

Levels

If you have a console table, you can play around with levels by hanging some pieces on the wall and displaying some pieces on the table as part of the gallery. This is a fun and unexpected way to add layers and texture to your home interior design, and it’s a clever way to achieve a gallery wall without a lot of hammering and hanging.

Floor to Ceiling

If you don’t have a wide wall to fill but more like a column or narrow strip of wall, this is a great way to fill the space. Hanging wall pieces high up also draws the eye upwards, which can make your ceilings seem higher and make your home feel airier and bigger than it really is.

These are just some of the endless ways you can create the perfect gallery wall for your home. Remember to carefully plan your gallery before you start hammering or putting up hooks; you might want to practice arranging your pieces on the floor before you begin putting them up, to avoid making mistakes.