Before hanging your photos, make sure you've chosen a wall that is large enough to display multiple pictures. If the room or the wall is too small, the cluster of frames could create the impression of overcrowding. Amanda Bellucco, a professional photographer from upstate New York, suggests taking the room into consideration. "Typically, photo walls are meant as a statement piece, so consider the impact you'd like it to have on your space and audience. Foyers, stairwells, living rooms, hallways and bedrooms are all popular choices."
Choosing frames can seem overwhelming, but don't be afraid to get creative! Frame size and shape can vary — just make sure to coordinate color and style. If mixing and matching frames isn't for you, check out canvas prints, suggests Bellucco.
Philip Griffith, a certified personal photo organizer from Arlington, Massachusetts, advises his clients to start their photo wall by remembering the highlights of their vacation, and then choosing the best photos to tell the story. Try varying posed and candid photos, as well as portraits and action shots. Most importantly, make sure the entire family is represented.
Easy there! Before putting nails into the wall, make sure you have a clear vision of how you would like your photo wall to look. Experiment with different layouts on scrap paper, or rearrange the photos on the floor to find which arrangement is most appealing to you.
The distance between each photo directly correlates with the story you are trying to tell. Since you're displaying photos from one moment of time, leave little space between each frame in order to create a continuous flow. The most important thing is to leave the same amount of space between frames in order to create a polished look.
The layout of the pictures can be as creative as you would like — from a few large photos in a line to a staggered design of assorted sizes. But no matter the layout, make sure to center the group of photos at eye level. Griffith also suggests taking furniture into account. "When furniture anchors the lower part of the wall, you can create a strong grouping by hanging the primary photos at eye level and then moving up," says Griffith.
While the focus of the wall should be your family, don't be afraid to add some additional elements to make the wall pop. "Small souvenirs, postcards, dried flowers or seashells can all be arranged in a shadow box and act as a potential focal point," says Bellucco. Incorporating different objects will help to give the wall a personal touch and reflect your family's unique personality.
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