Printing black-and-white on canvas is a great way to make your family pictures feel like pieces of art. The mix of white, gray and sisal here highlight the grouping of three black-and-white baby photos. It's a sophisticated take on the classic family room.
In this living room, a red charcoal children's portrait casually rests on the mantel among flowers and other framed art. Leaning the portrait against the wall keeps it from being overbearing while still being featured prominently in the cream and beige room.
The portrait here is hung in the foyer, right by the French doors. The idea is lovely: Anyone leaving the house gets an opportunity to enjoy this portrait. It's a prominent placement, but out of the way of the main rooms. And it's also nice that it stands alone on that wall, as opposed to being mixed in a salon style grouping.
This is an example of a portrait incorporated into a tablescape. The framed chalk drawing is placed among brass candlesticks, pots of ivy and stacks of books. Along with the eclectic gallery of art hanging on the wall, the portrait here blends in nicely with the décor.
Traditionally, people have chosen to have silhouettes cut of family members because it was cheaper then hiring an artist to paint a proper portrait. Now the silhouette has gone contemporary. Here three brightly colored silhouettes of children serve as pop art in a space that's all about pops of color.
The fancy, gold-leaf framed portrait here is perfectly appropriate for this formal dining room.
There are several portraits here, some of them are sketches of older gentlemen and some of them children. Mixing your kids portraits in grouping like this subscribes to the philosophy that all pieces are equal. Expensive or cheap, memorable or generic — when hung all together each piece takes on equal importance.
Talk about dramatic! Here a block of orange paint highlights a small photograph framed with an oversized white mat. This is a children's room, so the orange color is a playful choice.
In this room the ceilings are super high. The grandness of this portrait of a young boy in a sailor suit works nicely hanging on its own above a butler's chest. The other art in the room is abstract, creating a nice, sophisticated mix.
This ultra-traditional, layered living room in reds, golds and black features a portrait of three girls, painted in a similar color palette, above the mantel. This portrait perfectly suits the style of the room, since the girls are dressed in fancy dresses and everything feels equally special.
What if your "child" is a dog? That's okay, too. Here a professional photograph of the family pooch is mixed in among traditional prints and artwork. Incorporating the dog photo in the salon grouping is a whimsical touch to the overall eclectic corner.