Posted on: 20.10.2022 Posted by: Редакция Comments: 0

When decorating a room with pictures, it is important to ensure that the pictures complement the current style of the room and add visual interest without overwhelming it. You don’t want the pictures to take over the room, but at the same time, you want them to stand out.

There is no set number of pictures in a room that is considered “too many.” However, a lack of consideration for the balance between empty space and visual design can result in a room feeling cluttered and chaotic. The size of the wall and the overall layout play a role in determining the number of pictures you should incorporate.

In this article, I will explain whether it is possible to have too many pictures on a wall or in a room. I will also discuss the importance of empty space and provide tips on how to avoid an overloaded appearance. Read on to learn more.

Can you have too many pictures on a wall?

Pictures draw the eye and provide a contrast to other decorative pieces in a room. They are a good way to break up empty space or add extra design elements.

However, if you have pictures on every wall and surface, they can become distracting and make a room feel overwhelming, cluttered, and “busy.” Too many photos can even make a room appear smaller than it is.

Less is more when it comes to decorating with pictures; the key to achieving a beautiful look is maintaining a balance between empty space and visual design.

This means that the right amount of pictures is different for everyone. It depends on personal preferences, style goals, room layout, and available space.

Some people prefer minimalist styles, while others prefer more decorative designs.

Regardless of which style you choose, the goal is to choose frames that complement and enhance the surrounding decor.

Pay attention to an appropriate balance between empty areas and pictures and position pictures based on their size and proportions.

Empty wall space creates a clean, clear feeling

Remember, you don’t have to fill every wall surface or tabletop with pictures – and you shouldn’t.

Although an empty space can sometimes make a room feel cold and barren, the right balance between visual elements and empty space can give a room a clean, clear feeling. This makes it easier to blend all the pieces in the room together.

If you feel like there are simply too many empty areas, experiment with different pictures and other accent pieces.

For example, you don’t have to place a picture to break up empty wall surfaces. You can also use tall vases, floor lamps, or indoor plants.

The best way to decide which areas to decorate and which to leave empty depends on the room itself, the space, and other pieces you are using. Re-integrate.

Don’t overpower the focal points

You don’t want pictures to overpower the focal points.

For example, living rooms are places of sociality. In most cases, the TV or fireplace is the focal point.

Avoid placing so many pictures in the room that they “outshine” the main focal point. Instead, keep all pictures smaller than the primary focal point, maintain a visual balance, and complement the focal point by adding pictures on adjacent walls.

Another example is the dining room. In these areas, the table usually stands out as the focal point, complemented by table runners or centerpiece decor.

Since dining tables are usually quite large, you can decorate one wall with an oversized picture, preferably with an empty wall running perpendicular to the table. Alternatively, you can create a gallery wall on a wall running parallel to the table.

To reiterate, if you don’t intend for the picture to be the focal point, don’t make it larger than the furniture in the room. Otherwise, the picture will “swallow” the space and dominate over all the other elements you have inserted.

How to avoid the overloaded look

Don’t overdo it

It’s easy to “overdo” small spaces with pictures. Hallways are a good example. These narrow passageways can easily appear smaller when there is no empty space.

It’s best to line these areas with a short row of small photos or a narrow gallery wall. You can also use mirrors to create the illusion of a larger space.

When decorating around tall furniture, avoid placing pictures above the piece – place it to the side or add framed photos to adjacent tables.

Choose complementary frames

While it’s perfectly fine to experiment with different frame patterns, colors, sizes, and shapes, it’s easy to get carried away and end up creating a room that looks exaggerated and chaotic.

It’s best to choose similar frames. They don’t necessarily have to be the same size or shape, but they should have at least one common feature.

If you’re determined to use completely different frames, make sure the photos have similar visual elements (e.g., water, green spaces, etc.) so that everything blends more easily. Also, make sure the frames go well with the overall decor of the room.

Don’t go overboard with gallery walls

Gallery walls are great conversation pieces that draw attention to the room and can make a space feel cozy and elegant.

However, having a gallery wall in every empty corner of a room can be overwhelming and distracting. Instead, opt for a single gallery wall per room, but only if there is a large empty space. Leave adjacent walls empty or break them up with tall furniture or other decorative elements.

Symmetry or asymmetry is up to you

Some people prefer the purity of symmetry, while others prefer the abstract look of asymmetry. What you choose depends on your preferences, but you should take into account the size of the pictures compared to the wall.

Whether you use four identical frames spaced evenly in a row or different-sized frames to create an off-center arrangement, the pictures should be the appropriate size for the wall surface.

A symmetrical arrangement on an oversized wall can look empty and kitschy with too small pictures. On the other hand, an asymmetrical arrangement of large pictures on a tiny wall can easily take up space.


Decorating with pictures requires a keen eye for detail and a good sense of design. For those who aren’t decorative, it’s best to start small.

By using the right balance of space and the right shapes, sizes, and layouts, you can easily define a room based on your decorative goals.

Conversely, the wrong shapes, sizes, or layouts can turn an otherwise beautiful room into an overloaded, chaotic mess.

Moderation is key – pictures enhance visual interest and enhance the overall impression of a room. They should also help blend all the other elements together.

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