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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Family Photo Wall


My CSIL e-mailed a request for some ideas on how to create (or in her case re-invent) a family photo wall.  So here is what I culled out of a little bit of experience and some internet research:
1) Unify the display
        A) with identical or similar frames
        B) with either black & white or color photos
            (if well thought out, I think you can mix and match as well)
        C) with or without identical mats
2) Hang photos in an orderly grid or utilizing a common axis
3) More often than not a mat is used.  If not using a mat, enlarge the photo for impact.
4) Keep the frames close together when hanging
5) Plan your arrangement on the floor or use a large piece of paper as a template


 Southern Living
Adding the additional unframed photos is a nice touch.
A grid using frames of all the same size makes this display graphic and orderly.

Love the tight grid, size of the photos and interspercing of solid color.

3 images via Dress Your Home
A nice balance achieved utilizing a large centered photo.
via Elle Decor
The final formation of different sized frames is a perfect rectangle.

Another tight grid unified by frame color and  mat edging.

 2 images via Ladies Home Journal
This display is more informal with a mix of frames, some with mats, some without and no certain grid or axis, yet it works beautifully. 


The Picture Wall Company  
The Picture Wall Company sells a "gallery in a box" which includes the frames, mats and templates to create the perfect gallery.


This is the photo gallery in my upstairs hallway, at the top of the stairs.  I used similar, but not identical frames, mixed black & white and color photos, some with mats, some without and worked off the common axis theory.  I think it works.... I stop there almost every day to take in some or all of the pictures and relish the memories.

Give a family photo gallery wall a try, and while the "rules" I mentioned above are helpful, remember, rules are meant to be broken.   Be brave and do your own thing!  Do you already have a photo wall?  I would love to hear your tips and pointers and see what you have done.....

Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design? If so please contact me.

1 comment:

Rene said...

I love to see wall galleries and there are so many wonderful ones out there. I like the way the outer edges on your wall are loose and not in a straight line.

-Rene

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