So, you have tons of photos that you want to display but don’t know where to start? That is okay because these tips and suggestions will help you to display your family photos in gorgeous new ways.
Choose a Simple Hue
Help unify a collection of old and new images and give vintage photos a modern feel with matching frames in one bold hue.
Here’s how to choose a simple hue:
If you want to mix contemporary photos with old family photos, print the newer ones in black-and-white for a unified look. The same vivid frames (red, green, blue, etc.) and wide white mats will best complement the images. This will create visual harmony. The varied heights and shapes ensure that the arrangement doesn’t feel to formal.
Make an inspiring arrangement on a mantel, desk, or tablecloth with black-and-white shots propped casually against a wall.
Layer of mix of large and small pictures (portraits and landscapes) on a flat surface. Choose an uneven number and different frames. This feels more modern and offers an opportunity to mingle pictures with objects and accessories. Also, displaying mats with openings of different sizes gives you a sense of movement.
On the Grid
A symmetrical configurations creates a striking yet simple focal point in a dining room or over the sofa in the family room.
White frames and mats bring together a grouping of casual portraits, still lifes and landscapes. Line up pictures on the bottom row first, along a single baseline, using a level to mark the positions. Arrange the remaining photos as desired. Use a minimum of six photos for a balanced arrangement.
Meaningful mementos (a kid’s drawing, a favorite greeting card, a starfish, etc) give a wall of photos the personal flavor of a scrapbook.
Mount family snapshots of different sizes in neutral frames with or without white mats. Use colorful mats for artwork, cards, special letters, a picture from a magazine (anything goes if it’s important to you). Group pictures about 2 or 3 inches apart in a random pattern.
Choose an unexpected spot (like a door) for a quartet of small photos, each in a unique frame.
Pick a mix of photos, still lifes, and landscapes. Position the largest print at eye level and hang the rest above and below in a vertical line. You might also try fastening photos to the outside of an armoire or on the narrow strip of wall between a pair of windows. This is the perfect way to display family momentos or to tell a story.
Elevate a treasured snapshot to gallery status with an extra-wide mat in a narrow frame.
Allow a generous amount of mat on either side of the print and, instead of centering the photo, position it in the upper third of the mat (there should be more white space on the bottom than the top). Beyond that, there are no rules.
These six creative displays will proudly display your photos. Get really creative and have one or more arrangements in your home. Not only will these arrangements help display your photos but they will give your home a focal point of interest.