Hanging framed pictures in a group creates a stronger visual impact than hanging one individual picture, unless you enlarge it to hang as a stand-alone piece. You can group pictures as a single composition, with unifying elements in matting, frames or subject matter. For a more informal arrangement, create a random grouping with different frame colors and sizes. Use informal arrangements with asymmetrical designs in children's rooms, nurseries, playrooms and along staircases or hallways. Plan your layout by first taping paper cutouts of the pictures to your wall before you drill holes.
Use sticky notes to number each picture. Trace around each frame on a roll of craft or butcher paper and label each tracing with the appropriate number of the corresponding picture. Cut out the frame tracings and set aside. Commission older children to help cut out paper frames if you're decorating a child's room or playroom or creating child-related grouping.
Position your framed pictures on the floor. Experiment with different grouping arrangements until you find the one you like best. Place older photos near the center of an asymmetrical grouping and work your way out with newer pictures if you plan to keep adding to it.Take a picture of your grouping to refer back to later.
Use the craft paper cutouts to transfer your grouping idea from the floor to the wall. Space the paper cutouts closely and evenly, using the same distance between each. Use a tape measure to check the accuracy of the spacing. Tape the cutouts in place, making adjustments as necessary, until you are satisfied with the grouping. Opt for higher placement in a toddler or young child's room to keep grubby fingerprints off of the pictures.
Install the picture-hanging hardware onto each frame using a screwdriver or hammer, according to the manufacturer or kit's instructions. Hang each frame in the corresponding position of its paper cutout, one frame at a time. Use a carpenter’s level to ensure the frame is hanging straight before moving on to the next frame.