How to Hang a Picture Frame on a Brick Wall

Walls come in all different styles and textures. When it comes to hanging picture frames, some walls may be easier than others. If your home contains some walls made out of brick, don’t fret just yet. You can still hang some great wall art on brick, it just may require a few extra steps. That’s why we are here to help! Brick walls create a simple, yet beautiful aesthetic to your wall, and while they don’t necessarily need anything extra, wall decor can make it even more appealing.

This may seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done it before. Just follow our step by step on how to hang a picture frame on a brick wall and you should be all set.

Step 1: Design Your Frames

gallery wall on brick wall

Your first step is going to be to design your frame. Our Frame Designer has four easy steps.

1. Enter your art size.

If you are uploading your portrait, we will print, mount, and frame your photo so that your frame will arrive ready to be hung. If you are uploading your art to our site, you will also need to choose the type of paper you would like us to print on. We offer both Photo Paper and Art Paper. If you already have a physical copy of your portrait, simply measure the photo and add in the Art Size on our site. 

2. Choose your frame style.

We have 8 frame styles, 5 metal frames, and 3 wood frames with over 18 frame colors. 

3. Matting or no matting?

A matboard (also referred to as a photo mat, frame mat, or matting), is a cardboard-like material that serves two purposes: to protect your artwork from damage and to enhance the look of it. You have the option to add a single or double matboard, or none at all. We suggest if you are adding a matboard to add a color that is going to enhance your picture. Look for small colorful details in your photo, such as an accessory, an article of clothing, or even something in the background of your photo that will give your portrait that extra POP it was looking for! 

4. Finally, your cover!

Last but certainly not least is choosing your cover. We have two options for covers, our clear acrylic which is most conventional and almost like looking through glass. If your art is colorful, clear would be the best option, as it would not soften any of the colors in your photo or artwork. However, the clear finish is reflective, and it could cause glare if placed near a window, where the sun would shine through. The other option is our non-glare acrylic. This will soften the color of your artwork, so we recommend using it if your overall piece doesn’t have bright colors, or is entirely in black and white. Non-glare acrylic will also diffuse sunlight that hits it, which would make your artwork more viewable if it’s near a window.

Step 2: Prep Your Area and Plan Your Wall

gold frames against brick wall

As we mentioned, hanging something on a brick wall might require a little extra work than a regular wall. Once you have received your frames, it is time to starting hanging them. For this, you will want to make sure your area is well-prepped. Lay down a tarp or newspaper to lessen your clean-up afterward and ensure that any fragile items or other wall decor is taken down or covered and protected.

Next you will want to plan out your wall. Are you hanging a gallery wall or just one or two frames? Either way, it helps to plan where you want to hang your piece(s). Using painter’s tape or craft paper to try multiple layouts is a great way to see what your wall will look like before you commit and start making holes in the wall.

Step 3: Time To Hang

large art print on brick wall

Once you have figured out where your frames will go on the wall, it’s time to starting the hanging process. For this you will need a drill, as the brick will be a bit tougher to get through. You are going to want to attach a masonry bit, which will make it easy to get through the brick. Be sure that you are drilling exactly where the hanging hardware will go. It might also be a good idea to get a wall anchor for more support, but it isn’t required.

Final Thoughts

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If you have a brick wall in your home and have been considering hanging some wall decor on it, take this as your sign! Although it may seem scary at first, since you don’t want to do any damage, it is safe as long as you do it the right way and follow these steps.

Be sure to share your photos with us on social media so we can see how you decided to decorate your brick wall!

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