Your home, office, or studio is a reflection of your personality and style. The art pieces and photographs you choose to display tell the story of your life. These images are a powerful medium for capturing moments and evoking emotions, so why not hang them creatively?
Whether you want to build upon a focal point when guests walk in or add a personal touch to your decor, displaying photos in distinct ways can enhance a room’s aesthetics and make it uniquely yours. Here are some ideas to help showcase those memories and elevate the interior of your space.
DIY Photo Display Ideas
For a budget-friendly option, DIY photo displays are a good way to go. If you have some time and extra materials, you can create photo exhibits out of everyday items. For example, you can use clothespins and fairy lights to create a luminous hanging photo collection. Simply, hang the fairy lights (old Christmas lights work too) and attach each picture in a staggered pattern. You can also stain white poster paper with coffee to create a makeshift scroll. Adhere your pictures to the paper, then hang the completed scroll with twine.
Another idea is to use an old window frame to create an easy photo collage. Just remove the glass and affix your photos with tape or string. This will create a striking, rustic, eye-catching look.
Gallery Wall Ideas for Displaying Family Pictures
Showing all your family snapshots in gallery fashion is a very popular choice. Arranging multiple images in a cohesive and visually appealing way tends to keep people’s attention and interest. To pull this off without cluttering up your walls, define a pattern or theme and stick to it. For instance, you can create symmetry or shapes using various-sized frames. First, sketch out the pattern or shape you are trying to achieve, then arrange the photos on the wall. If you are going for a timeless and classic look, try using only black and white photographs atop a bold-colored wall.
Another idea is to use the colors in the photos, or the colors and materials of the frame, to create a larger picture out of pictures (think Andy Warhol or mosaic art). No matter which technique you choose, gallery wall photo displays give you a chance to be your most artsy!
Displaying Photos in Unexpected Places
The most traditional and simplistic way to showcase your photographs is to perch them on a dresser or desk, but if you place them in unexpected areas, you can turn heads and impress. If you have a floating staircase, hang the photos below it instead of above the stairs. Doing the opposite of what you usually see is sure to be a conversation starter.
Likewise, if you have a bookshelf, display your framed photos on adjacent shelves, leaving your books and other artwork in the other available slots. This type of presentation makes the room much more modern, personal, and cozy.
Custom Framing Options For a Professional Look
If you’re looking for high-quality frames, unconventional frame structure, or to frame an object for a keepsake, custom framing opens up so many more options. Custom frames are hand-crafted by professional frame makers to fit your specific photo’s composition, so picking the right frame is crucial to the longevity of the enclosed art. For instance, the type of print generally determines whether the frame should be metal or wood and the gap size between the frame and the glass. This helps to preserve the photo by avoiding smudging and accidental damage.
Another thing to consider is frame color. Generic frames offer only a handful of finishes, but custom frames afford you the ability to match a dominant color in the art to the frame. This is going to make the picture really stand out.
Unique Ways to Display Photographs Without Frames
To create minimalist lines in your room, forego the frame! Interior decorators and art enthusiasts love this style of photo hanging because it allows the image to speak for itself. Your favorite shot can be printed on metal, acrylic, canvas, or a matte board. Another idea is frameless picture frames. They are a little different and give the appearance of no frame as the image is clipped into a clear case.
Either way, not framing your photo creates a sleek and contemporary vibe that emphasizes the artwork’s texture and beauty. Be careful not to choose this framing method if your environment is prone to debris, moisture, scratches, and fingerprints.
Final Thoughts on Framing
As you can see, there are plenty of imaginative ways to hang your photographs, but this curated list gives five fun ones to get you started. You can create photo displays yourself out of materials you have around you, or go for a more professional look with a custom frame built by an expert. You might like to place your photos in a gallery or display them in places they aren’t usually found. Even if you showcase your art without a frame, just be sure to do it justice.
Taking time to understand your framing options will not only create an exceptional display, but also increase the lifespan of your most treasured memories and artwork. But most importantly, have fun experimenting with various hanging methods to create a one-in-a-million experience any eye would be happy to gaze upon!