Your Life On Display: 5 Tips To Create The Perfect Photo Wall

Posted on: 8 September 2014

Photo walls are a great way to decorate your home inexpensively and creatively. They add a lot more punch than a single large frame on a wall, and they're a great way to display your family's love and talents. To be visually effective, you need to create the space correctly. Follow these five tips to create a striking and modern photo wall in your house. 

Tip #1: Choose a Color Scheme

Rather than choosing several of the same frame, choose a variety of styles within the same color scheme. Match your palette to your paint and furniture and then find a wide range of borders and colors within that palette. 

For example, if your room lends itself to black frames, choose black, silver, and white frames with a range of thicknesses. To browse for frame ideas, check out Prestige Picture Framing Etc.

Tip #2: Vary Sizes

A modern photo wall doesn't have to include an even number of the same size frame, lined perfectly in rows or cascading down a stairway. Instead, choose a wide variety of sizes and even shapes. 

There's no hard-and-fast rule about how many small frames you should use for every large frame. You'll need to tailor your frames to your given space. A large wall or stairway can handle a few larger prints, while a small space behind a couch might only need one large print surrounded by 10 to 15 small prints. 

Tip #3: Utilize "White" Space

One of the first rules of design is to allow your white space to flow outward from inside your design. White space is the blank space between design elements. In this case, it's the space between the frames.

Your frames don't need to be perfectly spaced across the wall. A little extra wall peeking through around a circular frame or between two different-sized frames can be attractive. However, make sure that extra space doesn't get blocked in by overcrowded frames surrounding it. Create a path of white space leading outward, avoiding the white space simply looking like a gap in your creation. 

Tip #4: Sprinkle in Non-Photographs

Your photo wall is intended to be a reflection of your family, your style, and your values. Sometimes items that aren't photographs can say just as much, if not more, about you than your photographs. 

There are seemingly endless possibilities for items that are both visually striking and personal: 

  • Silhouettes of your children, framed or unframed
  • A pressed flower from your wedding
  • A shadow box with a newborn's hospital bracelet, footprints, and onesie
  • An antique clock

Tip #5: Use Candids

Yes, you probably pay a lot for professional photographs of your family, but your entire photo wall shouldn't be comprised of your staged and posed shots. Include candid shots from vacations, graduations, and afternoons spent playing in the sprinkler on the lawn. 

Not a shutterbug? Find a professional photographer in your area who does lifestyle sessions. The photographer will come to your house and take shots of your family doing their normal activities: changing diapers, reading books, playing hide-and-seek, etc. This will give you high quality candid photographs that you'll be proud to display. 

If you're looking for a clever design element to spice up your decor, a photo wall is a great idea for your home. When done correctly, a photo wall can become a statement piece to bring an entire room together. When putting it together, follow these five tips to make it as cohesive and eye-appealing as possible. 

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