Colored Mat Gallery Wall Idea

So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall Sometimes decor inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. I grew up on old movies, and I still get such a nostalgic pleasure from watching my favorite Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn films over and over again. I was re-watching the move Indiscreet when I noticed that the gallery walls in Ingrid Bergman’s London apartment featured black and white prints with colorful matting surrounding the prints—I loved it! I decided that it would be the perfect inspiration to finish the gallery wall in my art room. Bring on the color!

So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall Supplies:
-colored cardstock or mat board
-X-Acto knife
-metal ruler
-cutting mat
-various black and white prints & corresponding frames (make sure the frames are several inches bigger than the print so you’ll have a good amount of colored mat per frame)

You can use colored mat board to mat your prints, but I find that it’s easier (and much more cost effective) to work with colored cardstock instead. So, the first thing you’ll want to do is pick out several colors of cardstock in sizes that are at least as big as the frame that color will go into.

So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall Remove the backing on your frame, and use the backing as a guide to trace the outside edge onto your colored cardstock (place it on a corner so two of the edges are already cut for you).

So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall Once you cut the outside edge with your ruler and X-Acto knife, you’ll need to measure the window that you want your print to show through, and center those measurements in the middle of your cardstock. For example, if your print is 8″ x 10″ and your frame is 12″ x 16″, that means you want your mat to be 2″ wide on either side and 3″ wide on top and bottom. Mark those measurements on the inside of your cardstock, and cut out the middle opening of the mat. 

So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall Use masking tape (or an acid-free tape option) to center and secure your print to the back of the cardstock, and you are ready to put your print back in its frame.

So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall As always, the best way to map out a gallery wall arrangement is to use paper placeholders that are the exact size as your frames, and move them around until you find a grouping you like. 

So fun! Colored Mat Gallery WallOnce arranged, simply measure on the real frame how far the nail needs to hang from the top of the frame, and place a nail the same distance from the top on the corresponding paper placeholder. Once the nail is in place, simply pull the paper off the wall, and your hanging placement will be just right!

So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall So fun! Colored Mat Gallery Wall Prints clockwise from top: 1 (printed at home), 2, 3 (printed at home), 4, 5, 6, 7.

I made a few of the prints myself to make the gallery wall more affordable and add a personal touch to the wall (we simply adore Steve Martin’s The Jerk, so I wanted to add a quote from that movie). I love the pop of color that the gallery wall adds to the space, plus, if I ever change my color scheme I can always redo the mats for a quick update. What are you waiting for? Get color happy in your home! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman (& Todd Gummerman!). Photos edited with Stella and Frankie of the Signature Collection.

  • Bright colours rock and with bold black and white prints this works super well! 🙂 Might just have to do a few of these for our pad!

  • so cute! I just made a gallery wall as well! Here it is !

  • This is so AMAZING.
    I’m doing it right now I just love the colours.

  • Agreed. This is such a good use of bright colours. I assume this would only work on a plain wall.

  • I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m hooked! I’ve been planning my own gallery wall and this is such a cute way of adding lots of colour really easily and cheaply! Check out my post about my wall and if anyone can add any more suggestions I’d be so happy!

  • I love the decor of these homes. They have a clean, minimalist look. It is important to choose the objects with varied design and fun colors. I recommend this site selling objects of design

  • SATC movie quotes as well If you didn’t know it 🙂
    Nice set of colors.

  • Love this pop of color.. (and your cat is too cute!!)!

  • I love the colored mats and the fun prints you used. I am so inspired by so many things in this post!

  • I like it! It’s so easy and beautiful. I will definitely try this.

  • love the colours – i decided to paint my wall rather than bright pics!
    house post –

  • AHHH!! So pretty!! I love this idea, what a cool way to add color to a room. I love that color outside the lines print. Awesome.

  • What a great way to introduce color on a wall! The bright matts highlight the prints and make the wall a happy place!

  • I love that this adds so much color. I am so into bright colors right now and this is the perfect way to make any picture or sign look colorful.

  • Oooh the kitty on the last picture looks EXACTLY like my kitten Kiwi that was run over by a car. Really spot on image, except my little guy had a white tip at the end of his tale!

  • Great tips for keeping it looking clean and level. I usually think gallery walls look messy, but you’ve laid this one out perfectly. I’ve been wanting to decorate my home office to add some inspiration to my work space, and I’m going to use this as a starting point. Thanks for the tutorial and great idea!

  • Love the bright colours together!! Your blog is always so inspiring.

  • i love this idea!! i have a print i need to frame and hang. i’m inspired now!


  • I love that look! I have to say I was never a fan of “grouping” photos and stuff in matching frames and mats…too boring. But the colored mats are a great change.

  • Oh man, this is such a cute idea! I love it!

    -Devin (

  • I love this idea! I just did some color prints with black mats that would look perfect with something like this surrounding them! Thank you for the awesome idea!

  • Love these!! Great work 🙂


  • I LOVE the color outside the lines print. You wouldn’t by any chance be interested in hookin a girl up with a downloadable file?????

    At least tell me you have an online shop where these awesome creations can be purchased?

  • This looks so pretty and fun! Nice way to add color to a room without having to spend a lot or go crazy finding complementary pieces!

    Lauren |

  • This is such a simple and great idea! I tend to buy mostly black and white art and typography prints, so this is an awesome way to add some extra color into my space. Also, I saw that glittery kissing print and needed to order it immediately. It’s fabulous.


  • They are just really good about not bothering the plants. We trained them with a spray bottle 🙂


  • What a great DIY project, thanks for sharing:)

  • The bright colours are such a unique idea! Looks great! 🙂

  • That’s really cute! I love the arrangement and the colors. This might be something I’d like to try in my own home 🙂


    Laurali Star

  • I’d always wondered what the trick was with placement. Not easy trying to get them all the same distance apart by eye (especially when on your own). I love the mix of colors against the white!

  • This looks so good! I would love to add to an entry way so that it is the first thing I see.

  • This is great.
    It’s worth mentioning that it’s not just the tape that needs to be acid free. If you are going to be framing anything sentimental or anything you wish to keep long-term, it’s best to use acid free and lignin free cardstock or scrapbook paper. Cheaper alternatives often contain acid and lignin and will damage whatever you are framing.

  • Such a great idea! I might try it but with photographs instead!

    Giveaway on my blog!

  • I’ve nevere seen this before- looks so cool!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • That looks great!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Love from Germany,


  • Love that color outside the lines print! And the brightness of this gallery wall 🙂

  • I almost thought you were a Sex and the City fan – the “Thine, Mine, Ours”, “Colour outside the lines” and black diamond shape are all SATC references!
    Love the colour!

  • Would be great in any room where you just need a little blast of colour

  • Tip: If you want to add a bit of visual interest in the matting, you could always make the top, left and right sides the same size, and leave a bit more mat at the bottom for a “bottom weighted” effect. Basically, the mat will look “heavier” at the bottom.

  • I love this DIY it’s one of my favorites! The graphic look is a cool way to add any detail to an apartment or home! Might have to try this one out.
    Much Love, AnnCate xx

  • This is great! Perfect for a pop of color that is needed in any room!

  • Would you come to my home and help to get something similar ??? haha
    Love love, and my walls need it

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