How To Use Photo Tiles

If you are looking for ways to hang wall art without the hassle of nails, hooks, or tools, our lightweight photo tiles make it easier than ever to display your favorite moments without marking or damaging your walls. Whether you’re a renter, college student, or homeowner who prefers to switch up your home décor often, photo tiles are for you! These custom-printed stick-on picture tiles introduce a fresh new approach to hanging your photos so that you can keep adding, changing, and re-arranging your wall art. You can find tips on how to use photo tiles, along with stylish ideas for planning out your photo tile projects below.

When it comes to inspiration, you’ll find simple and unique ideas for enhancing every wall from your office to living room, bedroom, kitchen, and more with wall art designs that suit you best. View our tutorial on how to make a gallery wall and begin your journey to introducing photo tiles to your custom wall art today.

Jump to:

What Are Photo Tiles

We want to introduce you to the newest addition to our custom wall art family, photo tiles! Photo tiles are custom-printed stick-on picture tiles that make creating your own personalized gallery wall effortless. With our photo tiles, you can easily turn your favorite memories into your favorite wall decorations that are movable without any damages on your walls. These metal tiles are made out of high-quality aluminum, ensuring that Shutterfly quality photo printing and clarity you know and love.

Once you’ve ordered your tiles from our app or site, hanging them is a breeze – just peel the backing off the adhesive tape and press them into place on your wall wherever you think they’ll look good! If at any point you decide to change up the layout of your tiles, you can try out a whole new arrangement by removing and shuffling them around however you desire.

How Do Photo Tiles Work

The way our photo tiles work is remarkably easy: You upload your favorite images – photos, drawings, screenshots, quotes, and more – and then select the size tile you’d like (available in 8″ x 8″ and 5″ x 7″). Each piece is expertly printed on a quality glossy finish and every photo tile you order includes everything you need for a fool-proof installation for easy hanging and rearranging.

These tiles stick to your wall as easily as magnets stick to your fridge. The high-quality metal prints are extra light, which allows them to stick to surfaces with nothing but the adhesive tape. That means no tools, nails or hooks required! Print multiple photo tiles and add or adjust them for an evolving photo wall. If you don’t like the layout after a while, just take them off the wall and restick them in a new position. It couldn’t be easier.

How To Hang Photo Tiles

Hanging prints is a great way to decorate and personalize a space. But there are many places where you may want to hang a picture but can’t use nails, perhaps because you don’t want to leave large holes in the wall, can’t drill or hammer through the wall, or will be changing your pictures or their arrangement frequently. This is when it comes in handy to know how to hang photo tiles, which is as easy as removing the release liner and then they are ready to stick to the wall! It’s really that simple. To find out how the best way to apply photo tiles to your walls, read our tips and tricks below.

Step 1: Experiment with different layouts on the floor before you hang your tiles

This will give you a sneak preview of how the various images look next to each other and let you decide whether you like what you see. If a tile doesn’t quite fit in a given position, simply move it somewhere else.

Step 2: Use a tape measure or ruler to keep the spacing of your tiles uniform

Try out different spacings until you find one that you think would work well for your display wall. Then, use a tape measure or ruler and a pencil to mark the approximate areas where you will be placing your photo tiles.

There’s no need to go through the trouble of breaking out a tape measure if you’d rather keep things simple. Since tiles are a cinch to remove and replace, you can always just eyeball and make necessary adjustments as you go.

Step 3: Remove the backing from the adhesive tape

photo tile adhesive pads

Loosen the edge of the release liner from the adhesive tape with your fingernail to get started, then peel it off like you would a sticker. You are now ready to add your first tile to the wall!

Step 4: Using your hands, apply light, even pressure to the face of the photo tile

sticking photo tile on the wall
Take a moment to double-check that the tile is properly spaced and aligned. When you’re happy with its placement, apply light, even pressure to the face of the product. This should allow your photo tile to properly adhered to the wall.

Step 5: To remove the photo tile from your wall, lift evenly from the bottom of the tile. 

When you’re ready to remove them, take hold of the bottom edge of the tile and lift away from the wall at a slight angle.

Step 6: Reuse your photo tiles with ease

After removing your photo tiles from one spot, it takes just as little time to tack them up in another location. Try not to let the adhesive tape come into contact with dust, dirt, liquids, oil form your skin, or any substances that might inhibit their ability to stay put.

Where To Hang Photo Tiles

photo tiles
Before you pick out an open section of the wall to display your new photo tiles, ensure the surface is clean, dry, and free of any debris. Photo tiles are not recommended for delaminated surfaces, such as wallpaper or highly textured surfaces, such as brick. They are also not recommended in applications with direct UV exposure.

Look for a spot that’s spacious enough to comfortably accommodate the number of tiles you’re hanging. To draw as many eyes to your photos as possible, consider mounting them in areas where your guests’ eyes are most likely to settle, such as inside the entry hallway, at the foot of the central staircase, or above the couch your living.

Photo Tile Display Ideas

You can arrange your photo tiles any way you like, whenever you please. A classic grid is always striking, but you can be as adventurous as you want! If you decide that the design’s not working for you, simply remove your tiles off the wall and they’re ready to apply again – and again! They can be removed from any reasonably tough surface without damage. Photo tiles are the easiest solution to create gorgeous photo collage displays on your walls.

There’s no need to limit yourself to traditional display methods. Letters, diamonds, crosses, pyramids, spirals, chevrons — it’s all fair game. A gallery wall is meant to be a reflection of your own aesthetic sensibilities, so feel free to get as creative as you like. Whether you want a symmetrical, asymmetrical, diagonal or simple mismatched look, we’ve included those here!

Asymmetrical Gallery Wall

An asymmetrical gallery wall is unique and dynamic. It works for those who want to mix and match a variety of sizes and shapes. The image diversity adds depth to any room and allows for a little more creativity with bold colors and patterns.

Symmetrical Gallery Wall

photo tile gallery wall ideas
Our 8×8 photo tiles make it easy to start a symmetrical gallery wall. You can choose to go from the top to the bottom of a wall or only select a small space to fill. Be sure to leave approximately two inches between each frame for a structured look.

Diagonal Gallery Wall

Staircase gallery walls really shine as you walk up and down each day. This great space is often overlooked but it makes for a striking statement. Mix it up by using framed prints with photo tiles. Measuring the space here can be a little tricky because of its diagonal direction but keep in mind, balance is key and you’ll want to make sure there is a focal point, especially if you have a lot of photos.

Black And White Gallery Wall

When choosing a photo wall layout, make sure the color scheme and theme are cohesive. You can pair all black and white images together for a dramatic look and combine colorful family or wedding photos with images of plants or flowers to break up the portraits.

Simple Gallery Wall

photo tiles
If you have only a couple of photos, a simple gallery wall is best. Place these above your desk or bed to add the perfect amount of personalization your room needs. The best part is that it only takes about five minutes to complete.

Find Inspiration With Our Art Library Collection

Our Art Library Collection features curated designs that are perfect for creating gallery walls with photo tiles. All you have to do is choose the product you want to customize, click “Add Photos” then select Art Library, and add your favorite image or design from our curated collection. This collection includes quotes, patterns, backgrounds, wedding and holiday themes, photographs, and more.

Wrapping Up

Choose your favorite photos and create a beautiful wall display of all your memories. Rearrange your lightweight photo tiles to suit your mood or the season. Wedding photos, vacation snaps, family photos – with photo tiles, it’s never been so easy to add a personal touch to your home decor!

Additional Resources: