20 Great Ways to Display Family Photos
Turn Some Favorite Memories Into an Art Wall You'll Cherish
Earlier this week, I wrote about how to arrange artwork like a prima gallerina, and it made me realize that I have a design dilemma of my own. Perhaps I've watched too many design shows about how to stage a house for sale. The first thing stagers do (quite correctly) is tell you to get rid of the clutter, the first items being your family photos. This is because you want buyers to imagine themselves in the house, and family photos make it feel like it's someone else's home. However, between that and the fact that many new refrigerators won't let the dang magnets stick, I feel like a lot of us who aren't even trying to sell our homes left their photos in albums, in one digital frame, or simply stowed away in iPhoto. Bring them back out, people! In trying to inspire myself to do so, I've amassed some beautiful examples of how designers are incorporating family photos into home decor. I'm anxious to bring them back out, and I bet you are too!
Your family photos are worth enlarging, and between your computer, all of the inexpensive online resources like Snapfish and Shutterfly, or good old Kinko's, it's easy and cheap to do. Pick a few favorites and make your family the stars of your living room.
Picture rails and matching frames are a great way to display your family members and travel adventures. Side note: I was trying to track down these fabulous light fixtures for months and finally found the source. Click on the photos and then the tag for more information.
Covering a lampshade with favorite family photos is a fun and clever solution.
This is such a fun solution. I believe this is a rusty multiple skirt hanger, with those wild west-ish photos you take in places like Gatlinburg, Tennesse, turned into mixed-media art. This idea and the previous one are great ways to rotate favorite snapshots on display. If you have them all in a big box and feel guilty about it, just grab a stack and start hanging them up like laundry. Perhaps you'll want to switch them out on a monthly basis.
A grid of photos in identical frames without any matting makes a striking display; the square shapes resemble framed album covers, giving this display just a touch of rock 'n' roll excitement.
Here's a spot where you can take on that gallerina mentality with a small grid of portraits taken by the same photographer, all in black and white, in identical frames. It's a very artful way of displaying those beautiful mugs you love the most.
Here the frames and mats vary slightly, but restricting the photos to black and whites gives the grouping cohesion.
Shelves provide a great space for family photos. The limitations of height keeps them more or less in line, and the matching paint on the shelves and walls allows them to stand out.
Yes, try this at home! Lola B. has managed to incorporate vintage frames, family photos, and even an ampersand into this wall. What ties them all together is the black-and-white palette and vintage feel.
This person has a great eye for composition. The shelves keep the bottom of all these frames in line, and the different heights and sizes make the display dynamic.
A late addition; I finally found a good fridge full of family photos and drawings.
These picture rails take on the look of fireplace-surrounding built-ins. Don't be afraid to use large mats to surround your Kodak moments — they are worth taking on the look of fine art. I worked out my own design dilemma via scouring Houzz and creating this ideabook. If you have a design dilemma, please feel free to post it to our Questions Board so that the Houzz community can help you out! Next: Browse more photos of photos and art in design
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