There are numerous different ways to hang up posters and although you could just let your creativity run wild, there are a few tips and tricks you should bare in mind in order to achieve a harmonious look. In this post I will show you a couple of poster-wall ideas and hope they will help you to implement your perfect poster gallery.
Preferring clear and geometrical forms, Grid Hanging is definitely my favourite way to set up a poster wall. Quite similar to a chessboard, images are horizontally and vertically aligned to each other. It’s important to make sure all posters are in line, having the same spacing in between.
The Symmetrical Arrangement resembles the Grid Hanging in a way. You need three posters, of which at least two have the same format following a joint mirror axis. Since small disparities can be easily seen, it’s important to ensure the same spacing in between each poster.
As the name Edge Hanging already surmises, all Posters are arranged along an imaginary center line – either at the top- or lower edge of the Poster. As a result the arrangement appears very neatly without being too rigid. This technique is most suitable for rooms with a low ceiling height.
INSIDE THE LINES HANGING
For those favouring an asymmetrical poster-gallery, “Inside the Lines” is the perfect solution. Using this technique you neither have to consider consistent spacings, nor do you have to make sure edges are arranged in line. My examples turned out a bit too neatly, which is not the way it must look like. The trick to achieve a harmonious arrangement is to place the posters within a geometrical form. This can be a circle, a rectangle, a square or an oval. The easiest way is to imagine one of these forms onto the wall and place the pictures within this form. As a result you achieve a structured visual appearance in spite of different poster sizes.
The probably easiest way to create a Poster Gallery is using a picture shelf, as you just need to arrange the frames on the shelf.
To complete the various options available, I would also like to mention Line Hanging, in which posters are hanged at the same height in alignment with each other – either horizontally or vertically. It appears most neatly, when all posters have the same format.
And now to my nightmare of all hanging options: the Petersburger Hanging. It’s also called saloon hanging and was originally used to present one’s wealth. To create this gallery many posters are placed very close to each other. Order results from posters having the same format, frame and passe-partout.