Decorating With Photos

  

Decorating With Photos

You probably have a lot of photos lying aournd - pictures of vacations, weddings, your childhood, antique family photos, etc.  Put them where you can appreciate them every day - on the wall.  Here are some easy tips for displaying your favourite photos in interesting and creative ways.

Create a Photo Wall

For a dramatic wall display, mix formal portraits with shots of family on the beach, your mother laughing in an unguarded moment, or that great but no-quite-in-focus close up of you on your holiday.  Add visual interest with a label from a memorable bottle of wine, your favouirte CD cover, or a child's painting.

For a cohesive look, keep the frames in a single colour faimly like black or silver, but don't limit yourself to frames that all look exactly the same.  Pair thin, elegant frames with think, dramatic ones in a variety of materials from wood to metal.  Offset a series of rectangles with a circular frame, and frame pictures with and without mats.  Extra-large pictures add drama.  Enlarge a favourite image to poster size and add it to your photo wall or lean it againt the wall for a gallery fell.

Hang Photos in Uncommon Places

Put up a collage of the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of your last vacation in the laundry room and do a little dreaming while you're fluffing and folding.  Place pictures above the coat rack to identiy each family member's hook.  Mount a series of smaller, related pictures at mid-height along a wall to great the illusion of a wallpaper-style border.

Use Unique Objects for Frames

Old windows make distinctive frames.  Simply place a photo in each pane, enlarging or cropping the image to fit within the border, and secure it with photo tape.  Photo tape won't harm your photos and is available at art supply stores.  Mirrors are another unique option.  Arrange photos onto the glass with photo tape, leaving some of the mirror showing between them.  The effect is a light-filled collage that's sure to spark memories and conversations.

Perfectly Hung

Here's a great technique for hanging a series of photos without putting a bunch of extra nail holes in your wall:

  • Trace each frame onto a large sheet of paper and cut it out.
  • Measure the distance between the top of the frame and the location of the hanging hardware on the back.  Mark that spot on the paper template.
  • Tape the paper templates to the wall, then step back and take a look.  Move them around until you find an arrangement you like.
  • Drive nails into the spots you've marked on each template.
  • Remove the templates and hange your photos.
  • Use a level to ensure your photos are perfectly straight.