How to display family photos
Think clean and crisp for a modern home
Take a collection of photos you really love and have them all mounted or framed on the same backings and finishes for a clean look. To create a polished vibe, keep the images in the same family of shapes – all rectangular or square. “From my family photo experience, we hung a number of different images of various sizing on our wall and it looks incredibly professional yet totally fun,” says Paige. “This particular photo wall consists of the same rectangular style of photograph with identical backings so, while the sizing varies, there is a consistency to the display.” Gilt frames, Pottery Barn, starting at $31.23.
Experiment with shapes and sizes
“That being said, I also enjoy approaching photo walls entirely differently,” admits Paige. “I love the eclectic look of a montage of different shapes, sizes and styles of photographs. Having a more eclectic look is a bit easier because you probably already have frames around the house. Collect frames you want (I would say between four and 14 if you have the space) and get ready to create a wall display.” Large repurposed frame, Anthropologie, $28.
Tips for hanging
Before you start making holes in your wall to hang frames, make sure you have the proper tools. “A lot of frames are quite light. I don’t like working with nails, they’re not always reliable,” says Paige. “I like to use really small screws and just use one.” Think you’ve messed up and put it an inch or two off the mark? Let it go – it’s not a big deal. “The whole point is to make it not so perfect, and consequently, unique. In the end it will probably work. Especially with a lot of frames, one won’t look out of place with so many others around it.” Weathered oak gallery frames, Restoration Hardware, starting at $60.